Holiness - S-a-n-c-t-i-f-i-c-a-t-i-o-n. At the small...

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“S-a-n-c-t-i-f-i-c-a-t-i-o-n.” At the small Nazarene church that I grew up in, an elderly man attended that would award any elementary or middle school student two dollars if they could correctly spell this word. I heard the word often from the pulpit, especially after sixth grade when I had to start sitting in “big people church.” The Nazarene doctrine believes wholeheartedly in holiness and entire sanctification—it is central to the church’s functioning— but it has taken attending a Nazarene university to really open my eyes to what it truly means. Up until entering college, youth pastors had always written it off as “letting Jesus have the driver’s seat.” Come to find out, there is a bit more to the whole idea. God calls us plainly to a life of holiness in Leviticus: “I am the LORD . . . your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy” (NIV). His loving nature desires that we exist in constant awareness of and in full surrender to him. But, like the Nazarene Doctrine ‘Holiness People’ explains, “God has also given us the gift and responsibility of choice” (Nazarene.org).
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This note was uploaded on 12/10/2011 for the course BCH 5045 taught by Professor Guy during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.

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