Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
In his essay "The Necessity of Reforming the Church," John Calvin said there are two things the Church must get right: (1) the nature of our salvation and (2) the proper worship of God. His life’s work revolved around these two things as he challenged the Church to restore Christ to the center of everything.
Calvin saw the practices of the medieval church as walls that obscured the work of a sovereign God, seen in the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. He also saw them, as did Martin Luther, as lethal burdens callously placed on the backs of everyday believers.
The French Confession, authored principally by Calvin himself, was written in a specific time and place to address a very local and particular situation. Such was the case for most of the Reformed confessions. Several have stood the test of time. They speak to us today.
Now, over 450 years later, we are in another season of reform when the established structures of the Church have, in many instances, become a hindrance to experiencing the gospel. Writing for our specific time and place, Eunice McGarrahan has taken this time-tested document and, with the skill of a master teacher, has woven real life stories of ordinary people into a nine-session Bible study. Each lesson will inspire you and deepen your appreciation for the biblical foundation on which Reformed theology is built.
Core theology presented in a way that is accessible to any believer. Use this study with your session, your small groups, your circles, and any other place where disciples of our Lord desire to keep Jesus at the center of their life.