The Ministry of the Word

Scott M. Manetsch

in Calvin's Company of Pastors

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199938575
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980741 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

The Ministry of the Word

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Chapter 6 explores the important place that the sermon occupied in Geneva’s religious life from 1536 to 1609. In addition to outlining Calvin’s theology of preaching and his homiletic style, this chapter describes the priority of preaching services in Geneva, the role of the sermon in Geneva’s liturgy, and the different ways in which Geneva’s townspeople “heard” and reacted to these sermons. After Calvin’s death, ministers such as Theodore Beza, Simon Goulart, and Lambert Daneau worked hard to preserve Calvin’s homiletic legacy, even as they faced new challenges from Geneva’s magistrates, and battled innovative—and more flamboyant—preaching styles from some of their colleagues.

Keywords: reformed preaching; sermons; homiletics; liturgy; John Calvin; Theodore Beza; Simon Goulart; Lambert Daneau; scriptural authority; hermeneutics; Chrysostom

Chapter.  18303 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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