Preaching the Doctrine of Holiness
Course code: PRTH 510
This class focuses on developing the student’s ability to analyze, exegete and articulate this doctrine in sermonic form. It seeks to identify the Biblical passages that clearly address the concept of entire sanctification (or related biblical and theological phrases) as contrasted with passages that address the holy or sanctified life in general.
It also emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the preacher and the entire process of preparing the sermon.
Knowledge outcomes: at the end of this course, you should…
- have a more thorough understanding of how the doctrine of entire sanctification was preached in the early 19th and 20th centuries in American and be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of this preaching.
- know what 1 Thes. 5:23-24, Rom. 12:1-2, and Eph. 3:16-21 teach and how these passages relate to the doctrine of entire sanctification.
- know which passages in the OT and NT teach the need for a further working of God’s grace in the heart of the believer subsequent to the new birth that informs the doctrine of entire sanctification.
- learn to allow the terminology of the passage to guide your sermon presentation, rather than importing theological terms (from your pre-understanding of systematic theology) into the passage.
Value outcomes: As a result of taking this course you should…
- have a deeper appreciation of your need for the anointing of the Holy Spirit in your sermon preparation and delivery.
- be more committed to the Bible as both the source and substance of your preaching ministry.
- feel more secure theologically in presenting what Scripture says about the concept of entire sanctification.
Skills outcomes: At the conclusion of this course you should…
- be able to give a solidly biblical presentation of the doctrine of entire sanctification.
- have grown in your ability to distinguish between passages that speak about holiness in general and those passages that address the need for a further work of God’s grace to be appropriated by faith subsequent to the new birth.
- be able to preach for life-change and know how to call people to make a personal commitment to the truth you preached.
Video lectures (both pre-recorded and synchronous real-time interaction via Google Hangouts) and auxiliary materials will supplement the class textbooks to insure that you are adequately exposed to the necessary information. On occasion, the professor will use a question and answer format (Socratic method) rather than lecture.
Readings and study guides are assigned to expose students to the course content.
Students will preach 6 sermons across the semester from passages important to the biblical doctrine of holiness.
Holiness for Growing Christians by Allan Brown.