12 – The French Reformation


Chapter Study Questions

1. Following years of war and bloodshed in his attempt to put down the Ref-ormation in Germany, what was Charles V at last forced to grant? How did he end his days (211:1)?

2. The Spirit of God can use as His instrument a youth of twenty, like Luther, or an aged man of seventy, like Lefevre. Each of these had manis-fested 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, which had taken the place of his former efforts to obtain salvation by works.

3. What was Lefevre’s purpose in studying the Scriptures, and what did he find there (212:2)?

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

5. What prominent people were among those influenced by Farel and Lefevre (214:2)?Photo by ben o’bro on Unsplash.33The French Reformation

6. Where was the first Protestant church in France established, and what changes resulted in that community (214:3–215:1)?

7. What educated noble of France was said to have been a “second Luther”? How did he witness for Christ in life and in death (215:3–218:4)?

8. How did persecution again further the work of the gospel (219:1, 2)?

9. In what different ways did two individuals contribute to the conversion of Calvin (219:3–220:3)?

10. Compare the wisdom and effectiveness of advancing truth by “theologi-cal controversy” and by quiet house-to-house work (221:4–222:1).

11. What circumstances made possible the open preaching of the Protestant principles in Paris? For how long was this possible (222:2–223:1)?

12. Describe Calvin’s last work in France? Where did he go (223:2–224:2)? Where did his principal labor take place(236:2)?

The French Reformation13. What “zealous but ill-judged movement” resulted in serious consequenc-es for the Protestants in France (224:3; 227:3)?

14. What terrible price was France to pay for her rejection of the “gift of heav -en” (230:2, 3)?

15. After Farel’s failure to plant the gospel in Geneva, what humble instru -ment did God use (232:2, 3)?

16. What organized movement arose at this time to champion the cause of Rome? In what ways did they imitate the Reformers? What contributed to their success (234:2–235:2)?