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22 James 1 John 1 Peter B307

Course Description

This is a parallel exegesis of the books of 1st Peter and 1st John and James. The student will list themes that are shared and themes that are different, explain the background and audience with the goal to explain the basic focus for each work. Using their exegesis, the student will do a theological analysis of the major themes of holiness, perfect love and faith expressed through works as found in these books. Theological comparisons will be drawn from other books as well. The student will be able to explain and practice how faith must be reflected in both the quality of relationships and deeds of compassion without regard to the social status of the person who receives our attention.

Course Rational

Faith and works remain a hot issue in the Evangelical and Latin Church. The confusion over the relationship has led to the twin evils of legalism, (the attempt to be forgiven and reconciled to God by doing good stuff) and antinomianism, (the idea that if I feel religious – love God – then what I do or don’t do is not important).   These three books introduce the student to non-Pauline concepts dealing with these issues and broaden the student’s ability to use a wide range of resources when preaching and teaching.



CN-4 Ability to demonstrate understanding of the basic principles of biblical interpretation.

CN-6 Ability to explain how the theological foundations of Christianity proceed from Scriptures.

CN-7 Ability to explain scriptural holiness from the Wesleyan-Arminian holiness perspective.


CP-1 Ability to communicate effectively in writing with cultural relevance.

CP-2 Ability to communicate effectively orally with cultural relevance.

CP-3 Ability to prepare Biblical messages for effective and sound Bible preaching.

CP-4 Ability to teach the Word of God.

CP-6 Ability to present the Gospel in a clear and Biblical way.


CH-1 Ability to take responsibility for one’s own spiritual growth with the goal of becoming like Christ.

CH-2 Ability to find, understand and utilize resources for one’s own spiritual growth in prayer, Bible study, and personal devotion.


CX-7 Ability to distinguish between world views – local, Biblical, and Western.


Assessment and Evaluation


Primary Course Outcomes


Describe the difference between a “works salvation” and the works that proceed from salvation. CP-2 OTH

Identify two major themes from James and either 1 Peter or 1 John and explain how they shape the role of the church. CN-42 OTH

List the statements James makes regarding communication, and use the terms from either Peter’s ideas of holiness or John’s ideas of perfect love to express them. CN-43 OTH

Impact community

In light of the scriptures studied, the student will explain the basic steps toward individual or community disaster relief in cooperation with other organizations or ministries if possible. CP-57 ICO


Demonstrate how to form or discover clear core values and the mission of a team formed in response to a specific need. CP-67 LEA

Demonstrate the ability to analyze the gifting and abilities of the responding team. CP-69 LEA



Total outcomes by number and percentage

Content 6 39%
Competency 8 52%
Character 2 12%
Context 1 5%


1. Reading
Before coming to the class the Student will read or listen to all of James, 1 Peter and 1 John 4 times and journal their response. If the student has the module course available in their language they will read or listen to the module before coming to class. (If the student is in a traditional institutional setting the Teacher will determine the pace of reading course materials).   Students will read 2 Peter, 2 & 3 John as well.
2. Book Study

The study of the books will happen during class time in the following steps.

·      Within the class, the teams will work on answering questions first. After answering, the teams will report to the class (if small) or in groups of 3 teams their answers to the questions. Then the teacher will lecture for 20 to 30 minutes on that same passage, showing how the teacher exegetes that passage and give additional information not found in the text itself. This can be from the Teacher module or other additional information.

·       Answering extensive questions about each passage of the book, working through all chapters or as many as can be done to allow time for the other activities – Team basis. Passages will be small enough for the team to work through the answers within 15 to 20 minutes.

  1. All the possible relationships mentioned in each passage,

a)     who is speaking,

b)     who is being spoken to

c)     who is being spoken about

d)     who is the implied audience

  1. Motives and attitudes of the writers and the implied motives and attitudes of the recipients.
  2. Biblical cross references mentioned or implied in the text.
  3. Theological implications from the passages. (Biblical theology – what is the writer teaching?)
  4. Sociological / cultural implications from the passages
  5. Pastoral implications, how are Paul and his team functioning as ministers in this passage
  6. Problems addressed, changes expected.
3. Sermon
The student will develop an expository Holiness Sermon based on a passage from one of the 3 books studied. The sermon will be graded on the quality of the exegesis, and the quality of contemporary applications to life in the sermon.
4. Lesson
Develop and deliver an educational workshop for church leaders on the purpose of the church referencing James and 1 Peter or 1 John.
5. Community Impact
With reference to an identified need, develop a compassionate response utilizing some of the following: community leaders, denominational resources, and government aid and disaster assistance. Develop a team that will be able effectively implement this response.
6. Report on James
Write or record orally a significant paper that compares and contrasts James’ understanding of salvation as revealed in his concept of faith and works with Peter’s idea of love within the community of faith or John’s idea of the “old and new commandment.”


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