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SERMONS ON THE PASTORAL EPISTLES
JOHN CALVIN

SERMONS ON FIRST TIMOTHY

Calvinís expository sermons to the great congregation of St Peterís, Geneva, taken down in shorthand and then published across Europe, were among the most sought-after volumes of the sixteenth century. In the late 1570s, translated from the French, these bulky volumes flowed through Londonís bookshops and none was more popular than the ĎOne hundred Sermons on the Epistles of St Paul to Timothy and Titusí which appeared for the first time in 1579. The public demand was understandable. First, Calvin Ďopened the Scripturesí, not in these volumes for students only, but for the whole church. Second, the sermons were preaching in the full New Testament sense of the term, that is, proclamation and persuasion, with power and conviction.

These sermons are newly translated from the French of 1561 by Robert White.

Robert White formerly taught in the department of French Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and has a specialist interest in the Reformation in French-speaking areas of Europe. He is the translator of Calvinís Sermons on the Beatitudes, Songs of the Nativity, Faith Unfeigned, A Guide to Christian Living, and The Institutes of the Christian Religion (1541 edition), which are also published by the Trust.

CONTENTS

Introduction xiii

Calvinís Outline of Paulís First Letter to Timothy xxi

Sermon One: Debtors to Grace (1 Tim. 1:1-2) 1

Sermon Two: Substance and Shadow (1 Tim. 1:3-4) 15

Sermon Three: The Essence of the Law (1 Tim. 1:5) 31

Sermon Four: The Function of the Law (1 Tim. 1:5-9) 47

Sermon Five: The Application of the Law (1 Tim. 1:8-11) 61

Sermon Six: Counted Faithful (1 Tim. 1:12-13) 79

Sermon Seven: A Savior for Sinners (1 Tim. 1:13-15) 95

Sermon Eight: Glory to the King of Ages (1 Tim. 1:17-18) 111

Sermon Nine: A Call to Arms (1 Tim. 1:18-19) 125

Sermon Ten: Friends No More (1 Tim. 1:19-20) 141

Sermon Eleven: The Priority of Prayer (1 Tim. 2:1-2) 157

Sermon Twelve: Godís Design for Government (1 Tim. 2:1-3) 171

Sermon Thirteen: The Gospel Call (1 Tim. 2:3-4) 187

Sermon Fourteen: Jesus Christ, Mediator and Man (1 Tim. 2:5-6) 203

Sermon Fifteen: A Ransom for All (1 Tim. 2:5-7) 217

Sermon Sixteen: The Gift of Prayer (1 Tim. 2:8) 233

Sermon Seventeen: Dress and Demeanour (1 Tim. 2:9-12) 249

Sermon Eighteen: Order and Authority (1 Tim. 2:12-14) 265

Sermon Nineteen: Daughters of Eve (1 Tim. 2:12-15) 281

Sermon Twenty: The Christian Minister (1): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:1-2) 295

Sermon Twenty-One: The Christian Minister (2): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:2) 311

Sermon Twenty-Two: The Christian Minister (3): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:2) 327

Sermon Twenty-Three: The Christian Minister (4 ): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:3-5) 345

Sermon Twenty-Four: The Christian Minister (5): Pastors and Deacons (1 Tim. 3:6-8) 359

Sermon Twenty-Five: The Christian Minister (6 ): Deacons (1 Tim. 3:8-13) 373

Sermon Twenty-Six: Church of the Living God (1 Tim. 3:13-15) 387

Sermon Twenty-Seven: Faithís Open Secret (1 Tim. 3:16) 403

Sermon Twenty-Eight: Apostasy Foretold (1 Tim. 4:1-2) 419

Sermon Twenty-Nine: Our Reasonable Service (1 Tim. 4:1-3) 435

Sermon Thirty: How to Enjoy Godís Bounty (1 Tim. 4:4-5) 451

Sermon Thirty-One: Doctrine Good and Bad (1 Tim. 4:6-7) 467

Sermon Thirty-Two: Fear Which Is Unafraid (1 Tim. 4:8) 481

Sermon Thirty-Three: Hope Does Not Disappoint (1 Tim. 4:9-11) 495

Sermon Thirty-Four: The Minister as Model (1 Tim. 4:12-13) 509

Sermon Thirty-Five: Godís Gifts Are for Giving (1 Tim. 4:14-15) 523

Sermon Thirty-Six: The Rewards of Perseverance (1 Tim. 4:16) 537

Sermon Thirty-Seven: Measured Rebuke (1 Tim. 5:1-3) 551

Sermon Thirty-Eight: Released for Prayer (1 Tim. 5:4-6) 567

Sermon Thirty-Nine: The Duty of Care (1 Tim. 5:7-10) 583

Sermon Forty: Tried and Tested (1 Tim. 5:9-11) 597

Sermon Forty-One: Honoring God in Marriage (1 Tim. 5:11-15) 613

Sermon Forty-Two: The Duties Laid on Us (1 Tim. 5:16-18) 627

Sermon Forty-Three: Elders and Their Critics (1 Tim. 5:17-20) 641

Sermon Forty-Four: A Solemn Charge (1 Tim. 5:21-22) 653

Sermon Forty-Five: Our Deeds Laid Bare (1 Tim. 5:23-25) 667

Sermon Forty-Six: Willing Service (1 Tim. 6:1-2) 683

Sermon Forty-Seven: Beware of False Guides (1 Tim. 6:3-5) 697

Sermon Forty-Eight: The Secret of Contentment (1 Tim. 6:5-8) 711

Sermon Forty-Nine: An Antidote to Greed (1 Tim. 6:9-11) 725

Sermon Fifty: The Fight of Faith (1 Tim. 6:12-14) 741

Sermon Fifty-One: Until Christ Comes (1 Tim. 6:13-15) 755

Sermon Fifty-Two: No Darkness in God (1 Tim. 6:15-16) 769

Sermon Fifty-Three: A Word to the Wealthy (1 Tim. 6:17-19) 785

Sermon Fifty-Four: Keeping Faith with God (1 Tim. 6:20-21) 799

Prayers Before and After the Sermon 815

Index of Scripture References 819

Index of Subjects 829

SERMONS ON SECOND TIMOTHY

Introduction ix

Calvinís Outline of Paulís Second Letter to Timothy xvii

Sermon One: Loved by God (2 Tim. 1:1-2) 1

Sermon Two: Remembered in Prayer (2 Tim. 1:3-5) 15

Sermon Three: Fanning the Flame (2 Tim. 1:6-8) 33

Sermon Four: Called and Saved (2 Tim. 1:8-9) 47

Sermon Five: Why Election Matters (2 Tim. 1:9-10) 61

Sermon Six: Guarding the Gospel (2 Tim. 1:13-14) 77

Sermon Seven: Steadfast, Come What May (2 Tim. 1:15-18) 91

Sermon Eight: Godís Strong Arm (2 Tim. 2:1-3) 107

Sermon Nine: Present Toil, Future Fruit (2 Tim. 2:4-7) 123

Sermon Ten: Risen in Glory (2 Tim. 2:8-9) 137

Sermon Eleven: God Ever Faithful (2 Tim. 2:10-13) 153

Sermon Twelve: Rightly Handling the Truth (2 Tim. 2:14-15) 169

Sermon Thirteen: How to Combat Error (2 Tim. 2:16-18) 185

Sermon Fourteen: A Sure Foundation (2 Tim. 2:19) 199

Sermon Fifteen: Fit for Godís Use (2 Tim. 2:20-21) 213

Sermon Sixteen: Striving for Maturity (2 Tim. 2:22) 227

Sermon Seventeen: The Lordís Servant (2 Tim. 2:23-25) 241

Sermon Eighteen: In and Out of Satanís Snare (2 Tim. 2:25-26) 253

Sermon Nineteen: Hard Times Ahead (2 Tim. 3:1-5) 267

Sermon Twenty: Always Learning, Never Knowing (2 Tim. 3:6-7) 279

Sermon Twenty-One: God Vindicates His Own (2 Tim. 3:8-9) 295

Sermon Twenty-Two: Forewarned and Forearmed (2 Tim. 3:10-13) 311

Sermon Twenty-Three: Godís Word Makes Us Wise (2 Tim. 3:14-15) 327

Sermon Twenty-Four: The Uses of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16-17) 341

Sermon Twenty-Five: Pressing Home Godís Word (2 Tim. 4:1-2) 355

Sermon Twenty-Six: Deceivers and Deceived (2 Tim. 4:2-4) 371

Sermon Twenty-Seven: Taking Leave of Life (2 Tim. 4:5-6) 387

Sermon Twenty-Eight: The Victorís Crown (2 Tim. 4:7-8) 401

Sermon Twenty-Nine: Hands Across the Sea (2 Tim. 4:8-13) 417

Sermon Thirty: Who Is on the Lordís Side? (2 Tim. 4:14-22) 433

Prayers Before and After the Sermon 449

Index of Scripture References 453

Index of Subjects 459

SERMONS ON TITUS

Introduction ix

Calvinís Outline of Paulís Letter to Titus xv

Sermon One: Servant of Godís Word (Titus 1:1-4) 1

Sermon Two: Present Promise, Future Hope (Titus 1:1-4) 19

Sermon Three: The Common Faith (Titus 1:4-5) 35

Sermon Four: Leadership in the Church (1) (Titus 1:5-6) 53

Sermon Five: Leadership in the Church (2) (Titus 1:7-9) 71

Sermon Six: Maintaining the Truth (Titus 1:9-10) 87

Sermon Seven: The Adversary Within (Titus 1:10-12) 105

Sermon Eight: Sound in the Faith (Titus 1:12-15) 121

Sermon Nine: The Tyranny of Tradition (Titus 1:15-16) 137

Sermon Ten: Christian Character (1) (Titus 2:1-3) 153

Sermon Eleven: Christian Character (2) (Titus 2:3-5) 171

Sermon Twelve: Christian Character (3) (Titus 2:6-13) 187

Sermon Thirteen: Grace and Glory (Titus 2:11-14) 203

Sermon Fourteen: The Preacherís Mandate (Titus 2:15 Ė 3:2) 219

Sermon Fifteen: God Who Saves (Titus 3:3-5) 235

Sermon Sixteen: New Life in Christ (Titus 3:4-7) 251

Sermon Seventeen: Usefully Occupied (Titus 3:8-15) 265

Prayers Before and After the Sermon 281

Index of Scripture References 285

Index of Subjects 291

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