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SERMONS ON THE SAVING WORK OF CHRIST
John Calvin, Selected and Translated by Leroy Nixon

"Calvin puts the saving work of Christ in such a way that His saving power surges through your soul." - Leroy Nixon, the translator

Calvin clarifies the basics of our Christian faith with expositions typically rich, practical, and direct. The translation is literal--staying true to Calvin's native expression and retaining the spirit of the great Genevan Reformer.

As these sermons met the heart hunger of the refugees in Geneva, so, today, they will meet the personal needs of God's people for sound, biblical doctrine. The key introductory message is from John 1:1-5 on Christ's deity, with following expositions on the nativity of Christ (Luke 2:1-14), the passion of Christ (8 sermons), the resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:1-10), the ascension of Christ (4 sermons), the day of Pentecost (4 sermons), and the second coming of our Lord (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10).

Though Calvin did not follow the Church year in his preaching, translator Leroy Nixon arranged these select messages to conveniently follow the Christian calendar--providing study, teaching, and preaching resources for Christmas, Lent, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost Sunday.

Originally published in 1950 by Eerdmans, and then with permission by Baker in 1980, Solid Ground has learned from Eerdmans that this work is now in the public domain so we are doing a new edition.

"The gospel is the 'power of God.' We are forever indepted to John Calvin for his writing and preaching on the gospel of grace. In this edition Calvin mines the gospel deeply and in doing so shows the reader the power of God not only for conversion but for all of life. Thank you Solid Ground for giving us treasures from the past so that we might invest those treasures in generations yet to come." - Ray Rhodes, Jr. President of Nourished in the Word Ministries

James Montgomery Boice said, "Calvin had no weapon but the Bible. He preached from the Bible every day, and under the power of that preaching the city began to be transformed. As the people of Geneva acquired knowledge of God's Word and were changed by it, the city became, as John Knox called it later, a New Jerusalem from which the gospel spread to the rest of Europe, England, and the New World."

TABLE OF CONTENTS

THE DEITY AND NATIVITY OF JESUS CHRIST

1. The Deity of Jesus Christ - John 1:1-5

2. The Nativity of Jesus Christ - Luke 2:1-14

THE PASSION AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

3. The First Sermon on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 26:36-39

4. The Second Sermon on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 26:40-50

5. The Third Sermon on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 26:51-66

6. The Fourth Sermon on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 26:67 - 27:10

7. The Fifth Sermon on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 27:11-26

8. The Sixth Sermon on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 27:27-44

9. The Seventh Sermon on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 27:45-54

10. The Eighth Sermon on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ - Matthew 27:55-60

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

THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

12. The First Sermon on the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ - Acts 1:1-4

13. The Second Sermon on the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ - Acts 1:4,5

14. The Third Sermon on the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ - Acts 1:6-8

15. The Fourth Sermon on the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ - Acts 1:9-11

PENTECOST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

16. The First Sermon on Pentecost - Acts 2:1-4

17. The Second Sermon on Pentecost - Acts 2:13-17

18. The Third Sermon on Pentecost - Acts 2:18-21

19. The Fourth Sermon on Pentecost - Acts 2:22-24

20. On the Final Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ - 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10

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SERMONS FROM JOB
John Calvin, Selected and Translated by Leroy Nixon

Here is Calvin at his best, dealing with God's majesty, inscrutability, and all-inclusive providence. Marked by directness, clarity, and simplicity, Calvin's series of sermons on Job is probably the most famous of all his published sermons. The Geneva Reformer expresses in these messages his deep and awesome sense of the majesty of God.

A true understanding of Calvin cannot be gained without reading his sermons, for Calvin thought himself first of all a preacher, then a theologian. Calvin scholar Emile Doumergue said fittingly at the great celebration of the four hundreth anniversary of Calvin's birth, on July 2, 1909, speaking from the very pulpit from which Calvin had preached, "That is the Calvin who seems to me to be the real and authentic Calvin, the one who explains all the others: CALVIN THE PREACHER OF GENEVA, moulding by his words the spirit of the Reformed of the sixteenth century."

Leroy Nixon, the translator of these sermons wrote, "Of all the sermons by Calvin, the 159 on the book of Job have probably been the most famous. They express clearly his sense of the majesty of God. To work with them over the past three years has been a rich and exciting spiritual experience. . . If the reader gets only a fraction of the benefit which came to the translator, the reader will be amply rewarded. Calvin's piety is well expressed in the sermons titled, 'The Lord Gave; the Lord has taken Away'; 'Blessed is the Man whom God Corrects'; 'Though He Slay Me, Yet Will I Trust in Him;' 'Does Not God Count My Steps'; ' and 'The Right Use of Affliction.' Pervading these sermons is the prayer and conviction that whatever comes to pass may all be for the glory of God."

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. The Character of Job - Job 1:1

2. The Lord Gave; the Lord has taken Away - Job 1:20-22

3. Blessed is the Man whom God Corrects - Job 5:17,18

4. How Shall Man be Justified in God's Sight - Job 9:1-6

5. Though He Slay Me, Yet Will I Trust in Him - Job 13:11-15

6. If God Were Our Adversary - Job 14:13-15

7. When Will Windy Words End? - Job 16:1-9

8. I Know My Redeemer Lives - Job 19:17-25

9. From My Flesh I Shall See God - Job 19:26-29

10. Man Profitable to God? - Job 22:1-8

11. The Majesty of God - Job 25:1-6

12. Does Not God Count My Steps? - Job 31:1-4

13. Job's Purity and Equity - Job 31:9-15

14. Job's Humaneness - Job 31:16-23

15. Righteous Indignation - Job 32:1-3

16. The Inspiration of the Almighty - Job 32:4-10

17. The Authority and Reverence We Owe to God's Word - Job 33:1-7

18. God's Power is Just - Job 34:21-26

19. The Right Use of Affliction - Job 36:6-14

20. The Lord Answers Job - Job 38:1-4

Charles H. Spurgeon said, "Among all those who have been born of women, there has not risen a greater than John Calvin; no age before him ever produced his equal, and no age afterwards has seen his rival. He propounded truth more clearly than any other man who ever breathed, knew more of Scripture, and explained it more clearly."

Benjamin B. Warfield said, "Here we have the secret of Calvin's greatness and the source of his strength unveiled to us. No man ever had a profounder sense of God than he; no man ever more unreservedly surrended himself to the Divine direction."

John Murray wrote, "Calvin was the exegete of the Reformation and in the first rank of biblical exegetes of all time."

James Montgomery Boice said, "Calvin had no weapon but the Bible. He preached from the Bible every day, and under the power of that preaching the city began to be transformed. As the people of Geneva acquired knowledge of God's Word and were changed by it, the city became, as John Knox called it later, a New Jerusalem from which the gospel spread to the rest of Europe, England, and the New World."

John Piper said more recently, "This was always the root issue for Calvin. How might he best show forth for all of Geneva and all of Europe and all of history the Divine Majesty? He answered with a life of continuous expository preaching. There would be no better way to manifest the full range of the glories of God and the majesty of his being than to spread out the full range of God's Word in the context of the pastoral ministry of shepherding care."

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SERMONS ON THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
John Calvin, Edited and Translated by Benjamin W. Farley, Foreword by Ford Lewis Battles

Widely known as one of the church's most significant theologians, John Calvin was also a skilled preacher with the ability to proclaim biblical truth with power and relevance. These sermons develop the essence of his teaching on the moral law in a popular and engaging manner. Pastors preaching through the Ten Commandments and serious Bible students will take great delight in reading Calvin's exposition of the Decalogue, which is called "the true and eternal rule of righteousness [for all] who wish to conform their lives to God's will."

Here you will find a collection of sixteen sermons by John Calvin that shed light on his understanding and application of the Ten Commandments. These sermons develop the esssence of his teaching on the moral law in a popular and engaging manner.

Calvin began his series of sermons on the Ten Commandcments on Friday, June 7, 1555. They belong to a larger corpus of sermons on Deuteronomy, which Calvin had initiated on March 20 earlier that year and which he would not conclude until the following summer in July, 1556. This series on the Decalogue, however, dates only from June 7 to July 19, 1555.

First Sermon - June 7, 1555, Deuteronomy 4:44 - 5:3

Second Sermon - June 12, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:4-7

Third Sermon - June 17, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:8-10

Fourth Sermon - June 19, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:11

Fifth Sermon - June 20, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:12-14

Sixth Sermon - June 21, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:13-15

Seventh Sermon - June 26, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:16

Eighth Sermon - July 1, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:17

Ninth Sermon - July 2, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:18

Tenth Sermon - July 3, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:19

Eleventh Sermon - July 4, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:20

Twelfth Sermon - July 5, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:21

Thirteenth Sermon - July 16, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:22

Fourteenth Sermon - July 17, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:23-27

Fifteenth Sermon - July 18, 1555, Deuteronomy 5:28-33

Sixteenth Sermon - July 19, 1555, Deuteronomy 6:1-4

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SELECTED SERMONS FROM THE PASTORAL EPISTLES
John Calvin

A Very rare volume originally entitled A SELECTION OF THE MOST CELEBRATED SERMONS OF JOHN CALVIN (Never Before Published in the United States).

First published by T. Desilver in Philadelphia, PA in 1831. Copies of this book are sold for more than $250.00 when they can be found, but we are now offering a new edition for JUST $7.75.

"Calvin's sermons from the Pastoral Epistles are rich indeed! In these sermons you see Calvin the pastor applying Scripture to his people, pointedly rebuking sin, warmly encouraging his people to resting the gospel, and calling for the evangelization of the nations. This is valuable reading." - Ray Van Neste, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Christian Studies, Director, R. C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, Union University

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biography of John Calvin (Extracted from John Mackenzie's Memoirs of the Life & Writings of Calvin)

SERMON 1 - 1 Timothy 3:16 "Great is the Mystery of Godliness: God Was Manifest in the Flesh"

SERMON 2 - 2 Timothy 1:8,9 "Be Not Ashamed of the Testimony of our Lord"

SERMON 3 - 2 Timothy 1:9,10 "The Appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ"

SERMON 4 - 2 Timothy 2:16-18 "Shun Profane and Vain Babblings"

SERMON 5 - Titus 1:15,16 "To the Defiled and Unbelieving Nothing is Pure"

SERMON 6 - 2 Timothy 2:19 "The Foundation of God Standeth Sure"

SERMON 7 - 1 Timothy 2:3-5 "There is One Mediator Between God and Man"

SERMON 8 - 1 Timothy 3:14,15 "The Pillar and Ground of the Truth"

SERMON 9 - 2 Timothy 3:16,17 "All Scripture Given By Inspiration of God"

SERMON 10 - 2 Timothy 2:20,21 "A Vessel Unto Honor, Sanctified, and Meet for the Master's Use"

SERMON 11 - Titus 1:7-9 "A Bishop Must be Blameless, as the Steward of God"

SERMON 12 - Titus 1:10-12 "There are Many Unruly and Vain Talkers whose Mouths Must be Stopped"

SERMON 13 - 1 Timothy 2:8 "I Will therefore that Men Pray Everywhere"

SERMON 14 - 1 Timothy 2:5,6 "The Man Christ Jesus Gave Himself a Ransom for All"

THE 1831 ADVERTISEMENT - In offering this selection of Sermons to the publick, the publisher has not been governed by Sectarian principles, but has selected Sermons upon various subjects, that the reader may understand the general doctrine held forth by this eminent divine. Calvin's Sermons were translated and published in England, about the year 1580; since which date we have no account of an edition having been published. In consequence of the imperfection of the English Language when these Sermons were formerly published, it was found necessary to revise them, and correct the language; but in so doing, particular care has been taken to preserve precisely the original meaning."

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Includes "Pastoral Epistles," "Sermons from Job", "On the Ten Commandments" and "The Saving Work of Christ"