Holiness Emphasis Week 2016 – Asbury University
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Holiness Emphasis Week 2016

HEW 2016


January 25-29, 2016



Monday, January 25 –
10 a.m. – Chapel
         “Holiness Is Not…”
7 p.m. – Worship Service
         “Don’t Grow Weary In Doing Good”

Tuesday, January 26 –
7 p.m. – Worship Service
         “Elijah Was Just Like Us!”

Wednesday, January 27 –
10 a.m. – Chapel”           
         “10 Chairs of Grace: Understanding Full Salvation”
 7 p.m. – Worship Service
         “Suffering: The Bitter and the Sweet”

Thursday, January 28 –
7 p.m. – Worship Service
         “Lies, Missing Pieces, and Holes in the Soul”

Friday, January 29 –
10 a.m. – Chapel
         “Blessed Are Those”

Dave Ward


REV. DAVE WARD is the Dean of Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University. As an ordained pastor and professor of preaching, Dave speaks in a wide variety of contexts. During the past few years, Dave has been reviewed as the “favorite chapel speaker,” the “best guest preacher in years,” and a “first choice” for local churches, Christian colleges, conferences and camps. Dave has also ministered as a local church pastor, ministry director and trainer of itinerant preachers. He received an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Dave and his wife, Holly, have three children: Ella, Zoe, and Dawson.


“Holiness Emphasis Week Kicks Off at Asbury”

January 25, 2016

WILMORE, Ky. — Rev. David Ward has an encouraging message for Asbury University: holiness and happiness go together.

Dean of Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University, Ward is this year’s speaker for Holiness Emphasis Week — a keystone of spiritual life at Asbury that provides a yearly opportunity for preaching, prayer and reflection on the concept of holiness.

Both in Chapel messages and in evening services — Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. — Ward will lead the Asbury community through an exploration of this year’s theme, “Called to be Happy; Called to Be Holy.”

“Holiness is the way of life that God tells us will make us happy in the end,” Ward said. “God doesn’t make up arbitrary rules for us to follow — he gives us the way to be deeply, enduringly, eternally happy.”

In Monday’s Chapel, Ward lead listeners through Galatians 3, examining the relationship of law, grace and personal holiness. 

“If you let duty drive you, not love, and joy and delight in God, you will never be holy,” Ward said. “Holiness is not our duty; it’s our delight.” 

Sophomore Mia Wiersema ’18 appreciated Ward’s emphasis on holiness as the result of grace. “I really liked his illustration about how holiness isn’t climbing upwards; it’s recognizing our weakness,” Wiersema said. “When I start to think I’m doing well, I have to stop and realize that I’m not doing anything — it’s God working through me.”

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