Zondervan Academic


The Sanctification course features lessons by theologian Michael Allen exploring the biblical, creedal, and confessional shape of this central Christian doctrine.

At a Glance

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the doctrine of sanctification as a gift rooted in Scripture and church history
  • Learn to bridge the gap between introductory textbooks and advanced theological treatments of the doctrine of sanctification
  • Access to all course material—video lectures; full online textbook; key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


120 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

The holy has been defined existentially and sociologically, and churches too often allow their expectations regarding holiness to be prompted by existential aspirations or the social mores of the Christian community. Perhaps it is not surprising that many view holiness as accidental or expendable, even as a legalistic and conformist posture opposed to the freedom of the gospel. But sanctification is one of the gifts of the gospel of Jesus Christ, so we must think about the way in which he makes his redeemed holy as a grace.

The Sanctification course, featuring lessons by Michael Allen, patiently defines holiness in theological terms by tending to its connections with core Christian doctrines such as the character of God, the nature of creation, and the covenantal shape of life with God. Units then consider the ways in which the gospel of Jesus not only prompts us to holy action but provides holiness as one of its blessings. Finally, it attends to the ways in which the gift of sanctification relates to various human instruments and means, so that we can appreciate its connection to human nature, creaturely responsibility, and the pedagogy of exemplars and of law.

All course material—instructional videos, readings, practical exercises, and quizzes—is available online for study at your own convenience.

Course Outline

  1. Sanctification and the Gospel
  2. God
  3. Creation
  4. Covenant
  5. Incarnation
  7. In Christ
  8. Justification and Sanctification
  9. Grace and Nature
  10. Grace and Responsibility
  11. Grace and Discipline

About the Technology

Author & Instructor

Michael Allen
Dr. Michael Allen

Ph.D., Wheaton College

Michael Allen is the John Dyer Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL.