The Process of Sanctification
Wesley describes salvation and sanctification by writing, “God worketh in you; therefore you can work…God worketh in you, therefore you must work.” In the process of sanctification, we are becoming increasingly holy. The process of sanctification involves changes in degree. The process begins when we are justified. The believer is gradually dying to the carnal nature. The Christian life is a journey of holiness. The goal is holy love. As believers experience the love of God, they will love God and show love to their neighbor. Wesley teaches that when you believe in God, you have a disposition toward God, which is a sure trust and confidence in God which causes changes in your life. Dispositions are more consistent than emotions. Practicing sin makes you less free. Holiness leads to freedom and happiness.
I. CO-OPERANT OR RESPONSIBLE GRACE
A. Sanctification as a Process: Changes in Degree
B. Virtue, character formation and teleology
C. The Importance of Inward Religion
D. Dispositions or tempers of the heart
II. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS