This unit reflects on the doctrinal content of the third article of the creed and examines the relationship between justification and sanctification. Particular attention is given to characteristically Lutheran emphases in pneumatology, the Christian life, ecclesiology, sacramental theology and eschatology.

Unit code: CT9009L

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Critically analyse key theological concepts and their development in Christian tradition, distinguishing where they differ from the Lutheran tradition


Critically reflect on the Lutheran Church’s dogmatic tradition in the light of scripture and contemporary views and assess tension points


Critically evaluate the Lutheran understanding of the relationship between justification and sanctification from other Christian traditions


Appraise the Lutheran understanding of sanctification in comparison with charismatic theology

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 9 unit in postgraduate theology and ministry courses

Prerequisites: 24 points in the discipline of Systematic Theology (CT)


A learner-centred approach incorporating strategies such as lectures, group discussion and debate, reporting on weekly set readings, visual representation of ideas by students, personal reflection and brainstorming.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Braaten, Carl E, and Robert W. Jenson. Union with Christ: the new Finnish interpretation of Luther. Grand Rapids, MI: WB Eerdmans, 2002.
  • Hinlicky Wilson, Sarah. A guide to Pentecostal movements for Lutherans. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2016.
  • Jenson, Robert W. Systematic theology. Vol. 2, The Works of God. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Kolb, Robert. The Christian faith: a Lutheran exposition. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia, 1993.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian theology: an introduction. 25th anniversary, 6th ed. Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell, 2017.
  • Migliore, Daniel L. Faith seeking understanding: an introduction to Christian theology. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Peters, Ted. God—the world’s future: systematic theology for a new era. 3rd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2015.
  • Sasse, Hermann. We confess anthology. Translated by Norman Nagel. St Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2004.
  • Schwarz, Hans. The Christian faith: a creedal account. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Thiselton, Anthony C. The Holy Spirit: in biblical teaching, through the centuries, and today. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

The relationship between justification and sanctification

2500 30.0

The Christian as saint and sinner

2500 30.0

The charismatic movement in the light of Lutheran theology

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-05 11:37:59 +1100