Lecture 1, The Necessity Then:

The church of Jesus Christ is composed of sinners saved by grace, so by its very nature it is in constant need of reform. John Calvin’s “The Necessity of Reforming the Church,” written in 1544, can help us think about what was needed for the church then and what is needed for the church now. In this lesson, Dr. Godfrey introduces the rich historical context of Calvin’s treatise and outlines its structure and major themes.