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
  • Imprint: IVP Bible Studies
  • Item Code: 2086
  • ISBN: 9780830820863

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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, who compiled and edited this devotional, is a freelance writer living in Illinois and has written over seventy books and Bible studies. She is the coauthor (with J. I. Packer) of Praying and Never Beyond Hope.