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Calvin the preacher

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Steven Lawson contributed a chapter to the book John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology (AmazonUK) on John Calvin as “The Preacher of God’s Word.” Nathan Bingham provides a summary of that chapter, outlining what Steven Lawson suggests are the ten distinguishing marks of Calvin’s preaching.

  1. John Calvin’s preaching was biblical in its substance.
  2. John Calvin’s preaching was sequential in its pattern.
  3. John Calvin’s preaching was direct in its message.
  4. John Calvin’s preaching was extemporaneous in its delivery.
  5. John Calvin’s preaching was exegetical in its approach.
  6. John Calvin’s preaching was accessible in its simplicity.
  7. John Calvin’s preaching was pastoral in its tone.
  8. John Calvin’s preaching was polemic in its defense of the truth.
  9. John Calvin’s preaching was passionate in its outreach.
  10. John Calvin’s preaching was doxological in its conclusion.

An apposite quote to demonstrate each is here.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 24 January 2012 at 10:46

Posted in Pastoral theology

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