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Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
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1 Corinthians 1:17; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 1 Corinthians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 2:3-5; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; 1 Samuel 2:6; 2 Timothy 3:15; 2 Timothy 3:16; Ephesians 3:1-13; Galatians 1:6-12; Galatians 5:16-25; Isaiah 28:21; John 14:26; John 16:7; John 16:8; John 17:18-20; Luke 24:44; Luke 9:23; Psalm 119:105; Romans 1:1-17; Romans 16:25-27; Romans 6:5; Romans 7:7-25
Rusnak, Jonathan W. "Shaped by the Spirit: Spirit Christology as a Framework for Preaching Sanctification." S.T.M. Thesis, Concordia Seminary, 2014. 128 pp.
This thesis offers an account of preaching sanctification grounded broadly in the trinitarian economy of salvation and specifically in the person and work of Jesus Christ as receiver, bearer, and giver of the Holy Spirit. Grounded in atonement theory alone, other accounts of preaching sanctification are unable to address any number of concerns that arise in the sanctified life. In addition, atonement theory alone does not ground an account of preaching sanctification that maintains the nexus indivulsus of justification and sanctification within a broader view of salvation in Jesus Christ. Sanctification preaching tends to be either ignored by justification preaching or done as a secondary step disconnected from justification preaching. The account of preaching sanctification offered here, grounded in the Gospel narratives read through the lens of Spirit Christology, retains the nexus indivulsus, accounts for and addresses any number of concerns that arise in the sanctified life, describes the sanctified life according to Jesus Christ as receiver, bearer, and giver of the Spirit, and gives sanctification preaching the goal of shaping the sanctified life according to Jesus Christ as receiver, bearer, and giver of the Spirit. In this account, sanctification preaching is an instrument of the Holy Spirit to conform the church to the person of Jesus Christ and draw the church into participation with the work of Jesus Christ in order that the Spirit might shape the church into cruciform faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ.
Rusnak, Jonathan, "Shaped by the Spirit: Spirit Christology as a Framework for Preaching Sanctification" (2014). Master of Sacred Theology Thesis. 28.
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