MPP1131 - Becoming a Holy People
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.
- Grasp Old and New Testament Holiness terminology, and message as appears in Scripture in various authors and forms of literature.
- Survey the doctrine of holiness in its relation to the person and work, life and teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Distinguish between the historical teaching on entire sanctification and Christian perfection.
- Understand the historical development of the doctrine of holiness
- Grasp how traditional Christian teaching on holiness has contributed to the Wesleyan-Holiness heritage.
- Comprehend how the Wesleyan-Holiness heritage has contributed distinctively to the broader Christian understanding of holiness.
- Distinguish from other traditions the Wesleyan-holiness teaching on this important doctrine.
- Strengthen your ability to effectively and persuasively articulate the doctrine of holiness.
- 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 competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:
- Ability to identify and explain the Doctrine of Holiness form a Wesleyan perspective. (CN-23)
- Ability to apply basic understanding of ethical theories to teach and nurture ethical behavior in the Christian community. (CH-1)
- Ability to discern and make theologically based ethical decisions in the midst of a complex and/or paradoxical context. (CH-2)
- Ability to apply Christian ethics to the issues of the integrity of the minister and the congregation for authentic Christian faithfulness and public witness. (CH-5)
- Ability to apply understanding of his or her ongoing developmental needs across the life course of the minister to the pursuit of holy character. (CH-9)
It is strongly recommended that students complete the class Exploring the Theology of John Wesley before enrolling in this module.