Calvin's Genesis Sermons

June 23, 2009

Calvin's sermons have lain for too long in the shadow of his commentaries.  In seeking to correct this imbalance, it should be remembered that a sermon serves a very different purpose from a commentary.  While explanation and interpretation are enough for students, they are never enough for a congregation of sinners.

That is why Calvin's sermons always combine the essential elements of all true preaching - exposition, exhortation and practical application.  So let the reader be warned: this volume contains lively preaching!  Calvin aims to awaken the conscience and also demands life-changing action.

Is it any wonder that such preaching was used by God to bring spiritual renewal on an unprecedented scale to the people and nations of sixteenth-century Europe?

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