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John Calvin And Ministry Within The Church

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John Calvin was born in 1509 under the name of Jean Cauvin in Noyon in Picardy, where his father worked for the bishop's administration. In 1536 he was forced to flee from France because of his sympathies for the Reformation. The rest of his life, until his death in 1564, was dedicated to reforming the church; he worked mainly in and from Geneva. This chapter investigates how in chapters 4 to 12 of the Institutes John Calvin evaluates the church's historical development of the ministry in the church, and whether he regards ordination as a sacrament. The fourth and most extensive book of the Institutes deals with the church under the promising title: De externis mediis vel adminiculis, quibus Deus in Christi societatem nos invitat, et in ea retinet.

Keywords: Christ; Church; John Calvin; ministry



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