John Calvin: Sovereign Hope, By Carolyn Nystrom

John Calvin

Sovereign Hope

Christian Classics Bible Studies

by Carolyn Nystrom

John Calvin
  • Length: 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Number of Studies: 6
  • Published: May 01, 2002
  • Item Code: 2086
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2086-3

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He was loved. He was hated. But he was never ignored.

John Calvin was accused of being harsh, petty and cold. Yet his writings reflect a deep passion for God. His letters show loving concern for his friends.

And it's hard to overestimate his influence on Protestant Christianity. Do you believe that salvation comes by faith alone, based on Scripture alone, through the grace of Jesus Christ alone? Then you hold to Calvin's essential teachings.

John Calvin's theology put God first. He believed that nothing happens without the "hidden will" of God. This was the basis of his hope. As you work through Carolyn Nystrom's Christian Classics Bible Study based on Calvin's thought and teaching, you'll have the opportunity to grapple with Scripture and discover the shape of Calvin's unshakable hope in God for yourself.


Introducing John Calvin

1. How Can We Know God? Without Knowledge of Self, There Is No Knowledge of God--"Institutes 1.1.1-3" and Luke 5:1-11

2. If God's Gonna Do What God's Gonna Do, Why Pray? On Prayer--"Institutes 3.20.2-3" and 1 Kings 18:16-46

3. What Does It Mean to Be Chosen by God? Called by God--"Calvin's New Testament Commentaries" and Romans 8:28-39

4. How Do I Face Death? Reading Calvin's Mail--"The Letters of John Calvin" and 2 Corinthians 4:6-5:1

5. What Is the Church All About? The Marks of the Church--"Institutes 4.1.7-9" and Ephesians 2:11-22

6. What Does God Want From Me?: Motives for the Christian Life--"Institutes 3.7.6; 3.6.4" and 1 Peter 1:22-2:12

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Carolyn Nystrom

Carolyn Nystrom (MA, Wheaton College) has written more than eighty books, Bible study guides, and children's titles. She coauthored Praying with theologian J. I. Packer and Is the Reformation Over with scholar Mark Noll. She is also the author of the LifeGuide Bible Studies 1& 2 Peter and JudeMoney and Work, Friendship, Listening to God and more.

In addition to actively serving in her church, she has been a foster parent, an elementary schoolteacher, the stated clerk of her EPC presbytery, and a book editor. Carolyn lives in northern Illinois with her husband, and they have four grown children.