Calvin’s Birthday in Bacolod!

Today a group of Reformed theology-minded Christians gathered together at West Negros University, Bacolod City to celebrate John Calvin’s 500th birthday. Atty. Jerry Basiao talked on John Calvin and the Sovereignty of God; Atty. Juan Rubrico talked on Why Calvin Matters; and I talked on Calvin and Preaching. My talk was based on the 1st seven distinctives of Calvin’s preaching as found in Steve Lawson’s book, The Expository Genius of John Calvin, as follows:

1. Biblical Authority

2. Divine Presence

3. Pulpit Priority

4. Sequential Exposition

5. Diligent Mind

6. Devoted Heart

7. Relentless Will

We had a great time! It is only right to give honor to whom honor is due. We honor John Calvin because he honored God with his life and by his preaching. Benjamin Warfield said of Calvin,”No man ever had a profounder sense of God than he.” Calvin himself said,

The thing (O God) at which I chiefly aimed, and for which I most diligently labored, was that the glory of thy goodness and justice… might shine forth conspicuous, that the virtue and blessings of thy Christ…might be fully displayed.

(Source: John Piper’s Legacy of Sovereign Joy)

3 responses to “Calvin’s Birthday in Bacolod!”

  1. I just wanted to let you know about a biography of John Calvin I wrote last year for young readers. It is published by Reformation Heritage Books, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, and presently also in Italian and Indonesian. You can read something about it in the links in my blog
    If you are interested, I can send you some sample pages.
    Thank you,

    Simonetta Carr

  2. A historical day for Calvinists!
    Soli Deo Gloria!

  3. Jesus Christ called and gifted John Calvin to be a doctor of laws, humble pastor, brilliant theologian, conscientious teacher, and prolific writer. Akin to him your preachings, teachings, songs, and keyboard musics proclaim the excellencies of God. We hope to see you every Friday 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Ebenezer CRC for the Institutes of Amazing Grace. Beautiful 500th birthday cake. Solid Deo Gloria! šŸ™‚

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