MPP1131 - Becoming a Holy People

Course Description

A study of the biblical, historical, and theological foundations of the doctrine of Christian holiness from a uniquely Wesleyan-Holiness perspective. Attention will be given to the student's experiential knowledge of God's sanctifying grace, the development of Christian character through the spiritual disciplines, and the integration of holiness teaching with the practice of ministry.

Course Objectives

  1. Grasp Old and New Testament Holiness terminology, and message as appears in Scripture in various authors and forms of literature.
  2. Survey the doctrine of holiness in its relation to the person and work, life and teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  3. Distinguish between the historical teaching on entire sanctification and Christian perfection.
  4. Understand the historical development of the doctrine of holiness
  5. Grasp how traditional Christian teaching on holiness has contributed to the Wesleyan-Holiness heritage.
  6. Comprehend how the Wesleyan-Holiness heritage has contributed distinctively to the broader Christian understanding of holiness.
  7. Distinguish from other traditions the Wesleyan-holiness teaching on this important doctrine.
  8. Strengthen your ability to effectively and persuasively articulate the doctrine of holiness.
  9. Translate the Biblical message of holiness into life and ministry in such a way as to develop a personal and professional "hermeneutic of holiness" that will guide and inform one's ministry.

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:

Course Prerequisites

Communicating with Spoken and Written Language (or English), Telling the Old Testament Story (or Intro. to OT), and Telling the New Testament Story (or Intro. To NT)