Calvin’s Sermons on 2nd Timothy and Titus is a true gem for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Paul’s pastoral epistles. As a Reformed pastor, I found this collection of sermons to be an invaluable resource that offers profound insights into the practical aspects of ministry, church governance, and the preservation of sound doctrine. Calvin’s exegesis and theological depth shine through every page, making this volume a must-read for those who value the rich heritage of Reformed thought.

One of the key strengths of this work lies in Calvin’s ability to bridge the gap between biblical exegesis and its application to the challenges faced by pastors and congregations. His commentary on 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” underscores the timeless importance of Scripture in shaping our beliefs and practices. Calvin’s words resonate powerfully: “The Scriptures are the school of God, in which as we advance in the knowledge of them, we are continually reminded of our ignorance.”

Calvin’s emphasis on the centrality of preaching and teaching within the church is evident throughout the sermons. His take on 2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine,” is a rallying call for ministers to faithfully proclaim the Gospel message without compromise. He writes, “Preaching is the highest office, which God has given to men; it is the most excellent of all things that God has bestowed upon us.”

In his exploration of Titus 1:5, “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city,” Calvin delves into the importance of church leadership and its role in maintaining spiritual health. His words serve as a reminder that the governance of the church must be rooted in Biblical principles and governed by men of integrity: “The true and lawful ordination of pastors is that which is approved by God; so that, when they are chosen in a lawful manner, they are his ministers.”

This collection offers a tapestry of wisdom that not only equips pastors for effective ministry but also challenges believers to live out their faith authentically. Calvin’s Sermons on 2nd Timothy and Titus is a timeless masterpiece that continues to resonate with Reformed pastors and believers today, inviting them to embrace the Scriptures and pursue a faithful, God-honoring life.