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Chapter 12: The French Reformation


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1. Following years of war and bloodshed, in his attempt to put down the Reformation in Germany by force of arms, what was Charles V at last forced to grant? How did he end his days? 211:1 [243:1]

2. The Spirit of God can use as His instrument a youth of twenty, as Luther, or an aged man of seventy, as LeFevre. Each of these had manisfested a remarkable zeal in seeking to obtain God’s favor by acts of supposed merit. Each dated his period of much useful labor from the discovery of the Bible. Each was a teacher in a prominent university, and by the gift of teaching passed on to his pupils the glorious light of truth that took the place of his former efforts to obtain salvation by works.

3. For what purpose did LeFevre come to study the Scriptures, and what did he find there? 212:2 [244:3]

4. What pupil was first and foremost in accepting and teaching the new faith? What had been his early experience? 213:2 [245:2]

5. What prominent people were among those influenced by Farel and LeFevre? 214:2 [246:2]

6. Where was established the first Protestant church in France, and what changes were thereby wrought in the community? 214:3- 215:1 [246:3-247:1]

7. What learned noble of France was said to have been poten- tially a “second Luther”? How did he witness for Christ in life and in death? 215:3-218:4 [247:3-250:4]

8. How did persecution again further the work of the gospel?

9. In what different ways did two individuals contribute to the

conversion of Calvin? 220:1-3 [252:1-3]

10. Compare the wisdom and effectiveness of advancing truth by “theological controversy” and by quiet house to house work. 221:4-222:1 [253:4-255:1]

11. What circumstances made possible the open preaching of the Protestant principles in Paris? For how long was this possible? 222:2-223:1 [254:2-255:1]

12. Describe Calvin’s last work in France? To what place did he go? 223:2-224:2 [255:2-256:2] What was the scene of his principal labors? 236:2 [269:1]

13. What “zealous but ill-judged movement” resulted in serious consequences for the Protestants in France? 224:3; 227:3 [256:3; 260:2]

14. What terrible price was France to pay for her “rejection of the gift of heaven?” 230:2, 3 [263:2, 3]

15. After Farel’s failure to plant the gospel in Geneva, what [28] humble instrument did God use? 232:2, 3 [265:2-266:1]

16. What organized movement arose at this time to champion the cause of Rome? In what ways did they imitate the Reformers? What were some of the means that contributed to their success? 234:2-235:2 [267:2-268:2]