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Nature and Function of Faith in the Theology of John Calvin

 
 

Victor Shepherd
published by Regent Publishing (2004)
Format: Softcover (260 pgs)
ISBN: 1573833282

John Calvin insisted that all that Jesus Christ has done for us ³benefits us² only as we ³put on² Christ in faith. Union with Christ (the heart of Calvin¹s theology) occurs only as the One who has embraced us in grace finds us embracing him in faith. This book explores the nature and significance of faith at every point in the Christian life: faith¹s inception, its development, its weakness, its forever needing to be strengthened through the ministry of the church and guided by the law of God. In so doing this book also relates Calvin¹s doctrine of faith to the major doctrines that constitute the ³building blocks² of the Christian faith: justification, sanctification, predestination, the ³third use of the law,² the church, the ordained ministry (especially preaching) and the sacraments.

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