What is sanctification?
The Westminster Shorter Catechism provides us with a helpful definition: “Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.”
On this episode of the Reasonable Theology podcast we are joined by Dr. Michael Allen, Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean at the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. He has written and edited a number of books, and recently published one simply titled “Sanctification.”
Listen in as Dr. Allen talks about the doctrine of sanctification and discusses how the believer can be proactive in growing in their faith.
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- What is santification and why is it important to understand?
- What does it mean to be holy or set apart?
- Sanctification as seen in the Old Testament and New Testament
- The two most common metaphors for the Christian life and why they matter
- What is the Holy Spirit’s role in our sanctification? What is our role?
- Two opposite errors to avoid when thinking about this doctrine
- Practical ways for believers to be proactive in their own sanctification
- Learn more about Dr. Allen
- See Michael Allen’s books on Amazon
- John Calvin’s Little Book on the Christian Life
- Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair Ferguson
- The Marrow of Modern Divinity by Edward Fisher