The Expository Genius of John Calvin

The aim of this book is to raise the bar for a new generation of expositors Steven J LawsonLooking to the past for outstanding Bible based, Christ centered, and life changing preaching, Dr Steven J Lawson focuses on sixteenth century Geneva, Switzerland It was there that John Calvin ministered for decades as a faithful shepherd to a flock of believers.Here is an int The aim of this book is to raise the bar for a new generation of expositors Steven J LawsonLooking to the past for outstanding Bible based, Christ centered, and life changing preaching, Dr Steven J Lawson focuses on sixteenth century Geneva, Switzerland It was there that John Calvin ministered for decades as a faithful shepherd to a flock of believers.Here is an intimate portrait of Calvin the preacher the core beliefs that determined his preaching style, the steps he took to prepare to preach, and the techniques he used in handling the Word of God, interpreting it, and applying it to his congregation In the pulpit ministry of the great Reformer, Dr Lawson finds inspiration and guidance for today s church and calls on modern pastors to follow the Reformer s example of strong expository preaching I heartily recommend this book by Steven Lawson as an impetus to the recovery of expository preaching It is an especially good gift for pastors and seminary students R.C Sproul
The Expository Genius of John Calvin The aim of this book is to raise the bar for a new generation of expositors Steven J LawsonLooking to the past for outstanding Bible based Christ centered and life changing preaching Dr Steven J La

  • Title: The Expository Genius of John Calvin
  • Author: Steven J. Lawson
  • ISBN: 9781567690859
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Steve Lawson, senior pastor at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, has started a project - a big project. The project, "A Long Line of Godly Men" is a book series that will survey the doctrines of grace as they have been taught and defended from the time of Moses, to the apostle John, to Augustine, to Luther and Calvin, to Warfield, to present day teachers such as A.W. Pink, Martyn Lloyd Jones, John Piper and John MacArthur. The first installment of this series entitled Foundati [...]

    2. Although I’m not a John Calvin fan, this book gave a very intriguing insight into his pulpit ministry. No doubt there is much that can be learned here for every preacher.

    3. 2009 Review: Whether or not you like this book probably depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a detailed look at Calvin's preaching you will need to go elsewhere. I might suggests T.H.L Parker's book on Calvin's Preaching. Lawson's book is great for a quick review of the main aspects of Calvin's preaching. When I need direction for my preaching, whether delivery or preparation or the conclusion, I can pull out Lawson's book and get some quick input. It is almost like a refe [...]

    4. Lawson reveals the preaching of Calvin in a way that is extremely applicable for any preacher. The Genevan reformer cannot be imitated on many things, but one can take some very helpful advice on Calvin's approach before and during his time in the pulpit exalting the majesty of the God of heaven and earth.

    5. A great follow-up to the Martin Luther book. Covered a great detail of Calvin's life and helped me learn some surprising facts about his personal life. This really helped to raise my respect for the great -yet often misunderstood - preacher even more.

    6. Interesting format that I was not expecting as I started the book. One of Reformation Trust's Long Line of Godly Men books, the focus on one characteristic of Calvin's ministry was rather eye opening. Seeing what went into just one message preached by this man was both encouraging and convicting.

    7. A brief biography of Calvin and what made him one of the most influential theologian and greatest example of preaching in the history of Christianity. It focused on his preaching style (expository) and its effectiveness even among his students today. Great read as we celebrate the 500th year of the Reformation this year.

    8. What is the best remedy for the issues in the Church today? What will be the best means to focus Christians upon what really matters and who they really are? Do we have a grand, 1 hour period of inspiring music and then a 30 minute exposition of the Bible? What is the best way to worship God in our Church 'services'? How can we get a new reformation started? As Lawson says, "there are no new remedies for old problems. We must come back to old paths. We must capture the centrality and pungency of [...]

    9. Really can't say enough good about this short book. If you are a regular handler of God's Word in a public way this is a must read. If you haven't considered the importance of expository preaching it is a good primer through example. If you are convinced of the necessity of expository preaching it is a good kick in the pants to keep it up in the middle of a society that rejects the Word and in the middle of a wide church culture that assumes that a reformation type emphasis on Bible exposition j [...]

    10. Despite our thoughts of John Calvin (1509-1564), one cannot dismiss his impact on the church — effects which we still feel today. While many have written on Calvin and his life, few have written solely of him and his preaching; Lawson seeks to do just that.It is no lie that my anticipation for this series is high and I’m sure I won’t be let down.The book covers everything in preaching — from core foundations to all the practical nuts-and-bolts of the preaching development to the concludi [...]

    11. Marvelous portrait of the Man, the Minister, the Preacher that was and still is JOHN CALVIN.Chapter headings:Preface: standing on holy ground1. Calvin's life and legacy2. Approaching the pulpit3. Preparing the preacher4. Launching the sermon5. Expounding the text6. Crafting the delivery7. Applying the truth8. Concluding the expositionConclusion: we want again Calvins!Dr. Lawson has brought to life Calvin's convictions - those deep rooted, heart-felt beliefs that fueled and focused his everyday l [...]

    12. If you are expecting a biography of John Calvin, you will not enjoy this book. The first chapter gives an overview of his life but that's it. Personally, this book was more than I envisioned it to be. The largest font on the back cover says "The aim of this book is to raise the bar for a new generation of expositors". That's exactly what this book does. Using Calvin's approach to the pulpit, the book is instructive on how preachers are to approach the Bible, prepare the sermon, deliver the sermo [...]

    13. Almost every commentary I’ve read in church history before John Calvin has been disappointing. Few ever do much at all to clarify the text of Scripture. I don’t agree with everything Calvin wrote or preached. But he is vastly superior to everyone that came before him. Most today think of him primarily as a theologian. But I would say that his exegetical skills are much more impressive. He preached through books of the Bible 6-7 times a week. People would come hear him teach a passage of Scr [...]

    14. I really enjoyed reading this book, especially since I'm new to pastoral ministry and thoroughly love expository preaching. I've known John Calvin to be an expositor and heard much about "Calvinism" too. But this book by Steven Lawson has helped me to see how important the exposition of Scripture was John Calvin as well as for his congregation.I have made several highlights of text throughout the book using my Kindle and I look forward to referring to them when I need to.I would definitely say t [...]

    15. I enjoyed it, the author has another book out called the foundations of grace I also enjoyed. So far he is 2 for 2, check this one out if your interested in hearing about how John Calvin preached, and interacted with his community of believers in the church. Actually done in the manner of helping others preach and teach, it changed my mind on how I delivered the information in my classes. Presenting the material not on a 5th grade level, but also not on a college level, but rather at the cleares [...]

    16. A good short book focusing on the expositional preaching of John Calvin. It deals with both the preacher and the preaching. Good reminder of the nature of the pulpit and how preachers must themselves be pursuing God even in their preparations. The chapters focusing on the "how" of Calvin's preaching are useful, though some effort is necessary to think through what that would look like today. No one should try and preach exactly like Calvin (or any other preacher, for that matter). First in a ser [...]

    17. I have greatly enjoyed this book, which is an excellent testimony to faithful expositional preaching in the life of John Calvin. Whether you love him or hate him, it is impossible to deny that there have not been many men in history who approached the Scripture with more reverence and emphasized its importance like he did. He is a great example for us who are living in a time when there is a desperate need for faithful Biblical preaching. Sola Scriptura!

    18. A part of a series of books looking at great men of the faith, this book does not disappoint. Not only is there a good biographical sketch of John Calvin, particularly emphasizing his view and practice as a preacher. Dr. Lawson does a particularly good job challenging and motivating the reader to consider their own views on preaching in light of Calvin. I truly enjoyed this book, as I have almost all of the books in this series.

    19. Good, terse, quick overview of Calvin as an expositor. Surely there are aspects about preaching that Calvin can contribute to the modern discussion. The most challenging thing in this book was that it seemed to be another book that elevated the subjective approach of Calvin's preaching to a normative status to be followed by many others. If one doesn't see this assumption, it will make reading the book much more enjoyable.

    20. Lawson's short volume packs a punch by focusing on Calvin's role as Pastor and Preacher. He organizes his thought through a series of "Distinctives." In the process of describing key moments in Calvin's life, the author provides a glimpse into what modern pastors can learn from this giant of the reformation.

    21. As always, Steve Lawson has written another excellent book. This is not another biography of John Calvin, but rather an explanation of Calvin's "expository genius." It contains 32 distinctives of Calvin's preaching, beginning with Calvin's belief in sola Scriptura, and ending with a closing, climactic prayer.

    22. Neste livro, Lawson mostra 32 características da pregação expositiva de João Calvino. Tais características o tornaram, talvez "o maior teólogo e exegeta da História da Igreja". Calvino era um homem com muitos dons. Para pregar, usava a bíblia em grego e hebraico, pregava em francês, sem notas, ou esboço. Um homem usado por Deus, para mudar a história do cristianismo.

    23. A good concise exposition of Calvin's expository preaching. The intended audience is lay persons and pastors, so there isn't a great amount of scholarly discussion, which is fine for what it is aiming to accomplish.

    24. Part biography and part preaching how-to makes this a very good read. I need to go back through and notate the contents. I enjoy this whole series, which takes a laser like focused look of a single aspect of the life of great men of the Christian faith.

    25. I actually really liked this book. It focused on Calvin's preaching, which is very dear to me and which I have become very familiar with through transcribing many myself. It gives a call to today's ministers to return to the passionate, reverent, and text-centered approach of Calvin.

    26. This is a very fine, compact handling of John Calvin's attitude toward the Scriptures, and the duties of the faithful preacher in expositing the Scriptures. This is a good one, particularly recommended to preachers.

    27. It wasn't "bad", but I thoroughly enjoyed some of the others in this series much more than this one. Seeing as this was Lawson's first in the series, I don't aim to critique it for any reasons besides this.

    28. the book focuses not so much on john calvin but using him as an example (and an appropriate one at that) to illustrate good expository preaching. the emphasis lies on the preaching no so much on calvin.

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