Sermons on 1 Timothy

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Sermons on 1 Timothy

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Calvin’s expository sermons to the great congregation of St Peter’s, 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 London’s bookshops and none was more popular than the ‘One hundred Sermons on the Epistles of St Paul to Timothy and Titus’ which appeared for the first time in 1579. The public demand was understandable. First, Calvin ‘opened the Scriptures’, 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 Calvin’s Sermons on the Beatitudes, Songs of the NativityFaith UnfeignedA Guide to Christian Living, and The Institutes of the Christian Religion(1541 edition), which are also published by the Trust.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction xiii

Calvin’s Outline of Paul’s 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 Saviour 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: God’s 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: Faith’s 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 God’s 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: God’s 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: Honouring 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

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