MPP1121 - Exploring John Wesley's Theology
The Church of the Nazarene is a "Wesleyan-holiness" church. By this designation, we affirm that the theology of John Wesley undergirds and informs both our theological conclusions and our theological method. Wesleyanism's "warm heart" is the heart of Nazarene ministry, making this course crucial to theological education of the ministers of the Church of the Nazarene, and thus crucial to the denomination as a whole
This course addresses the inseparable connection between the theology of the Church of the Nazarene and the theology (content and method) of John Wesley. It will address each systematic category in turn, noting both Wesley's fidelity to tradition and his own constructive, creative thought. Special emphasis will be given to soteriological themes and their practical implications. The student will be able to display both knowledge of the content of this course, as well as personal and professional skills that arise out of the theology and spiritual formation in the Wesleyan tradition.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of this course the student should be able to:
- Interpret John Wesley's thought and discover ways in which it can inform 21st-century theological agenda for the Church of the Nazarene
- Effectively apply the methods of Wesley for pursuing personal and social holiness
- Apply appropriate Wesleyan theological principles to cultures other than one's own
- Incorporate the Wesleyan approaches to personal spiritual formation for one's own enrichment
- Understand the life of John Wesley in historical context
- Understand Wesley's theological methodology (function of the Wesleyan quadrilateral)
- Understand and articulate a Wesleyan view of the triune God and the primacy of the doctrine of soteriology
- Apply a Wesleyan worldview to one's life, ministry, relationships, and vocation
The following competencies as outlined in the U.S. 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 reflect theologically on life and ministry (CN20).
- Ability to demonstrate understanding of the sources of theological reflection, its historical development, and its contemporary expressions (CN21).
- Ability to articulate the distinctive characteristics of Wesleyan theology (CN22).
- Ability to identify and explain the doctrine of holiness from a Wesleyan perspective (CN23).
- Ability to identify and describe the significance of the major figures, themes, and events of the Patristic, Medieval, Reformation, Puritan, Pietist, Wesleyan, and Modern periods of Church history (CN25).
- Ability to describe how the church implemented its mission in the various periods of Church history (CN26).
- Ability to synthesize, analyze, reason logically for discernment, assessment, and problem solving, and live with ambiguity (CP10).
- Ability to analyze the validity of arguments and to identify their presuppositions and consequences (CP11).
- Ability to describe and interpret the relationship between culture and individual behavior (CX5).
- Ability to understand and articulate the biblical, historical, and theological bases for Christian mission (CX10).
It is recommended that the following modules be taken before taking this module: Telling the Old Testament Story of God, Telling the New Testament Story of God, Communicating with Spoken and Written Language, and Exploring Christian Ministry.