A study of the doctrine and lifestyle of holiness as taught in the Bible, historically in the Christian Church, and finally as developed in the theology of John Wesley and the Holiness Movement, with a special focus on the Wesleyan distinctive of entire sanctification or Christian perfection.
The student will be equipped to lead others (or themselves if needed) into the experience of entire sanctification.
The Wesleyan doctrine of entire sanctification, along with the supporting concepts of Arminius, forms a different theological hermeneutic than typically found in Reformed theology. It is a different worldview and not simply a re-definition of terms. It is extremely important that the student be exposed to this hermeneutic as well as to the experience that emerges from it. It is required for ordained ministers in the Church of the Nazarene to testify to the experience of Entire Sanctification. Preparation for those ministers cannot ignore the need of students to be clearly led into this experience and learn how to clearly lead others as well.
Intended Course Outcomes through Engagements
Students will show growth in the following ways:
- Character Formation: Demonstrate a Christ-like character of love in relationship with God and in dealing with others.
- Content Processing with Peers: Explain and articulate the doctrine of holiness to peers and friends using Scripture, tradition, reason and experience.
- Ministry Capability Development: Integrate the message of holiness in the ministries of the church, especially in communal worship, counseling, and mentoring.
- Application in Mission and Community: Exemplify and embody the Scriptural message of holiness in relation to one’s social and ministerial contexts.
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