The holy has been defined existentially and sociologically, and churches too often allow their expectations regarding holiness to be prompted by existential aspirations or the social mores of the Christian community. Perhaps it is not surprising that many view holiness as accidental or expendable, even as a legalistic and conformist posture opposed to the freedom of the gospel. But sanctification is one of the gifts of the gospel of Jesus Christ, so we must think about the way in which he makes his redeemed holy as a grace.
The Sanctification course, featuring lessons by Michael Allen, patiently defines holiness in theological terms by tending to its connections with core Christian doctrines such as the character of God, the nature of creation, and the covenantal shape of life with God. Units then consider the ways in which the gospel of Jesus not only prompts us to holy action but provides holiness as one of its blessings. Finally, it attends to the ways in which the gift of sanctification relates to various human instruments and means, so that we can appreciate its connection to human nature, creaturely responsibility, and the pedagogy of exemplars and of law.
By completing this course, you’ll gain
A deeper understanding of the doctrine of sanctification as a gift rooted in Scripture and church history
A greater ability to bridge the gap between introductory textbooks and advanced theological treatments of the doctrine of sanctification
Guidance for studying Scripture in a more practical way
Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments