Thirty-Six Sermons of John Calvin (eBook)

by John Calvin

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Table Of Contents

Sermon on the Deity of Jesus Christ - John 1:1-5

Sermon on the Nativity of Jesus Christ - Luke 2:1-14

First Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 26:36-39

Second Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 26:40-50

Third Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 26:51-66

Fourth Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 26:67-27:10

Fifth Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 27:11-26

Sixth Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 27:27-44

Seventh Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 27:45-54

Eighth Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 27:55-60

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ - Matthew 28:1-10

On Perverting the Gospel of Christ - Galatians 1:6-8

Justification is by Grace Alone - Galatians 2:15-16

We All Stand Condemned by the Law - Galatians 3:11-12

When Curse Becomes Blessing - Galatians 3:13-18

The Many Functions of God - Galatians 3:19-20

Freedom from the Bondage of the Law - Galatians 4:21-26

On Discerning Who Belongs to the True Church - Galatians 4:26-31

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 15:51 -- john_hendryx

Understanding 2 Peter 3:9 by John Samson (Guest Post)

Without doubt, this is the single most popular verse used to dismiss the biblical doctrine of election, bar none. The meaning of the verse is simply assumed, and because of this, no time is taken to study it, which is the very hallmark of tradition. I have to admit that I did this for many years. Those most enslaved to tradition are those who think they do not have any.

First of all then, let us read the verse in its context:

2 Peter 3:1-9––“This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, ‘Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.’ For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 11:19 -- john_hendryx

Tip(s) for Using the New Monergism

Question: What happened to your sermon manuscript link? I found it a wonderful resource. Keep us all posted.

Answer: Thank you for your question. We have combined MP3s, Sermon Manuscripts and Commentaries all under one link now for your convenience. Go to the home page and look underneath the search bar you will see four choices 1) Topic 2) Author 3) Scripture and 4) Series.

If you click either Old or New Testament under the "Scripture" selection it will take you to a new page which displays a list of all the books of either the Old or New Testament, whichever you select. Click on a book of the Bible and it will display a drop down menu with two choices:

A1) MP3s by Scripture (which has MP3 on every chapter of the Bible). We have gathered MP3s for Reformed sermons and lectures over many years so now we have 10s of thousands of useful links in this section.


A2) Sermon Manuscripts and Commentaries.
This link will give you access to written sermon manuscripts, commentaries, introductions, outlines, studies and other resources for every book of the Bible. 

If you have a smart phone the MP3 by Chapter of Scripture section is perhaps the part of the site you will use most because you can download the files directly to you phone in a smart phone size window.


2) Question Can you make it possible to switch back to the old format for those of us who hate the new format?

Sat, 12/14/2013 - 11:30 -- john_hendryx

“Problematic Texts” for Definite Atonement in the Pastoral and General Epistles by Thomas R. Schreiner

The following is an excerpt from From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective by David and Jonathan Gibson

Is definite atonement actually taught in the Scriptures, or do prejudiced interpreters read it into biblical texts? I. Howard Marshall asks the right question: “Is it possible to interpret the election statements in such a way as to be consistent with the universal statements without twisting the meaning of either? I will argue here that supporters of definite atonement can answer that question in the affirmative. A number of texts in the Pastoral Epistles, the Petrine Epistles, and Hebrews that speak to the issue of definite atonement will be considered. Many of the texts examined here are part of the arsenal of those who defend unlimited/general atonement. In this chapter, I will argue that (1) understanding some of these texts in a way that supports definite atonement is more persuasive exegetically and theologically; and (2) those texts which do concern God’s salvific stance to all kinds of people (1 Tim. 2:4; 4:10) or to everyone (2 Pet. 3:9) do not in fact disprove the doctrine of definite atonement—God’s desire for people to be saved and his intention to save only the elect are compatible elements in biblical soteriology.

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Fri, 12/13/2013 - 21:36 -- john_hendryx

What About Lost Loved Ones? by John Samson (Guest Post)

Let me address this question by telling you a story from history. In the 4th century, there was a very devout Christian lady named Monica. She was married to a prominent man who did not share her Christian faith. He was often very cruel to her, causing her physical abuse. Every day she would go to the church and pray for his conversion. Later on in his life, he did in fact become a Christian.

Yet the pain and anguish her husband caused her seemingly paled into insignificance compared to that which she suffered because of her oldest son. Her mother’s heart was broken, time after time, seeing the reckless life her son was leading. He not only did not share his mother’s faith but would join himself to anti-Christian groups, using his sharp mind to seek to convince others to follow him. He lived a very immoral life. He had a mistress but left her for another and had a son born out of wedlock, named Adeodatus. Monica was not personally able to convince her son of the truth claims of Christianity, but she determined never to stop praying that he would turn to the Lord.

For two decades this went on, with Monica persisting in prayer for her son, seemingly seeing no results. Her son was later to write about all this and tells us that she wept more for his spiritual death than most mothers weep for the bodily death of their children. Distraught, she went to see the well known Bishop Ambrose of Milan to speak about her plight. Knowing her anguish of soul he said, “Go your way and God will bless you, for it is not possible that the son of these tears should perish.” She accepted the answer as though it were a word from God Himself.

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 04:23 -- john_hendryx

Series on Luke's Gospel by Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson

Scripture: Luke

Series: Jesus of Nazareth, Saviour and Lord

Lk 1 Listen

Lk 2:1-20 Listen

Lk 2:21-46 Listen

Lk 2:41-52 Listen

Lk 3 Listen

Lk 4:1-13 Listen

Lk 4:14-30 Listen

Lk 4:31-44 Listen

Lk 5:7-6:11 Listen

Lk 8:22-56 Listen

Lk 9:18-27 Listen

Lk 9:28-62 Listen

Lk 9:51-62 Listen

Lk 11:1-13 Listen

Lk 14:25-35 Listen

Lk 17:20-37 Listen

Lk 19:1-10 Listen

Lk 21:5-28 Listen

Lk 22:1-38 Listen

Lk 22:19-34 Listen

Lk 23:26-49 Listen

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 09:50 -- john_hendryx

Doctrine and Death: Believing the Truth when it Counts Most by Brian Borgman (Guest Post)

Monty served as a deacon in our church for many years. When I first met Monty and his wonderful wife Vicki, they greatly enjoyed the fellowship of our church, the God-centered worship and the preaching, but they didn’t realize we were reformed. When it became clear to them what we believed they thought they might need to leave the church. They agonized over what to do. They had been given Norman Geisler’s Chosen but Free, the supposed biblically balanced answer to “extreme Calvinism.” Monty made an appointment with me and my fellow pastor, John. The night before the appointment he scoured his Bible, he prayed, he read, he agonized, he took up the mantle of the Bereans. During the night, the wrestling was so intense, he experienced chest pains. The next morning we arrived, with James White’s book, The Potter’s Freedom, in hand. We were prayed up, having asked for a spirit of gentleness and grace as we discussed the issues that were troubling this wonderful couple. Before we could start the conversation, Monty told us about his night and said, “I have come to a conclusion which has made this conversation unnecessary.” Immediately I thought to myself, “Hey, wait a minute, at least give us a chance!” Then Monty said, “Here is my conclusion after reading my Bible and praying: God is God, I am not, He does what He pleases.”

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 08:54 -- john_hendryx

A Vision for a Gospel Centered Life (eBook)

by Dr. Timothy J. Keller

These are the unofficial, but meticolously enscribed sermon manuscripts for Timothy Keller's “Vision of Redeemer” 12-part sermon series which was preached in the fall of 2005, plus one additional sermon from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Posted with permission.

in ePubmobi and pdf formats. 

These 13 sermons provide a worldview unique to the Gospel, to the preaching of Drs. Lloyd-Jones and Keller, and unique to their respective churches. We sense that these sermons encapsulate the true nature of the Gospel (in the first 3 sermons…and first three Readings of this book) – particularly the core idea of Paul in all his letters dealing with our standing before God, and summarized succinctly in Titus 3:4-6. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, [5] He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, [6] whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

The 4th Reading (Where is Your Faith? – by Dr. Lloyd-Jones) should remove once for all any falsely held assumption that a life of faith will be a one of great comfort and few, if any, trials.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:38 -- john_hendryx

Studies in Sanctification by Sinclair Ferguson (9-Part MP3 Lecture Series)

news_ferguson_207x270.jpg Dr. Sinclair Ferguson (born 1948) is a Scottish theologian known in Reformed Christian circles for his teaching, writing, and editorial work. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen and has been an minister in the Church of Scotland since 1971. He has served as an editor with the Banner of Truth Trust and worked as a minister at St George's-Tron Church, Glasgow.

Ferguson was called to Senior Minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina to become effective in December of 2005. He has previously held the Charles Krahe Chair for Systematic Theology at the Philadelphia campus. He has also taught at other reformed protestant seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary.

Studies in Sanctification 1 (MP3)

Studies in Sanctification 2 (MP3)

Studies in Sanctification 3 (MP3)

Studies in Sanctification 4 (MP3)

Studies in Sanctification 5 (MP3)

Studies in Sanctification 6 (MP3)

Studies in Sanctification 7 (MP3)

Studies in Sanctification 8 (MP3)

Studies in Sanctification 9 (MP3)


Some of the books he has written, edited or contributed to include:

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:34 -- john_hendryx

Why Grace is Not Contrary to the Law, But Affirms It

One of the primary reasons for the division in the church over free grace and free will is the failure of one side to distinguish between law and gospel. Most synergists erroneously reason (outside of Scripture) that if something is commanded in Scripture then man must, therefore, have the moral ability to do it. Instead, after the fall, the Bible uses the holy commands as an instrument of God to strip man of all hope in himself and behold his own moral bankruptcy (Rom 3:19, 20).

"The commandments are not given inappropriately or pointlessly; but in order that through them the proud, blind man may learn the plague of his impotence, should he try to do as he is commanded." Martin Luther, Bondage of the Will, pg. 160

"By the law is the knowledge of sin' [Rom 3:20], so the word of grace comes only to those who are distressed by a sense of sin and tempted to despair." Martin Luther, Bondage of the Will, pg. 168

All the commands of our Lord were given to us to obey. We cannot twist Scripture to somehow ignore the weight of the responsibility this puts on each one of us. Grace does not somehow give us a trump card to ignore the commands. No, we appeal to grace, not in order to cancel out, avoid or do away with God's commands. On the contrary, we appeal to the grace of God in Christ in order that we might have the strength and power to do them. For apart from grace we can do nothing (John 15:5, 3:27, 6:63; 1 Cor. 4:7, 15:10; 2 Tim 2:25) If God commands us to love him with all our heart how do we do this? By grace. If God calls us to love our neighbor, how to we do this? By grace. If God summons us to believe the gospel, how do we do this? By grace. This is the message found on every page of the bible.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 12:03 -- john_hendryx


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