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Calvin's Assessment Of Ministry: Its Historic Development And Its Sacramental Nature

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From the fourth chapter of Institutes onwards, John Calvin explores the church governance in a historical perspective. After studying the way that the New Testament offices functioned in the early church (chapter IV) and their subsequent degeneration (V), he contemplates the assumptions for the papal primacy (VI) and its historic growth (VII), and concludes by assessing the mandates to teach (VIII-IX), pass laws (X) and act with legal authority (XI-XII). The thirteenth chapter on making vows - in particular, by monks - is a transitional chapter that leads into the doctrine of the sacraments. Calvin attaches great importance to church tradition. He does not want to be taken for a modernist, who founds a church with a new structure of ministry based solely on an appeal to the Bible.

Keywords: church tradition; John Calvin; sacrament

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