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Mobile Ed: NT286 Survey of the General Epistles (11 hour course)

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This course covers the seven biblical letters known as the Catholic Epistles. After an overview of the Catholic Epistles in general, students will explore issues such as authorship and audience in James, as well as themes such as perfection/wholeness, faith, works and justification. First and Second Peter are covered next with a focus on submission, suffering and responding to false teachers. The course concludes with a look at Jude and the letters of John.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Understand how the Catholic Letters complement one another and recognize the value of reading them together
  • Apply teachings on the work of Jesus to draw nearer to God in your own life
  • Explain the similarities and differences of James’ and Paul’s teaching on faith, works and justification
  • Describe the benefits of suffering in a Christian’s life, as well as how to endure it
  • Explain what Peter meant when he talked about Jesus preaching to the spirits in prison
  • Sort out the confusing teaching about sin in 1 John

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker
  • Introducing the Course

Unit 1: Canon and the Catholic Epistles

  • Why “Catholic” Letters?
  • Canon and Canonical Criticism
  • The Apostolos
  • Features of the Catholic Epistles
  • Unity of the Catholic Epistles

Unit 2: James: Wholeness before God

  • Genre of James
  • The “Two Ways” Tradition
  • Author of James
  • Audience of James
  • Structure of James
  • From Trials to Perfection
  • No Wisdom for the Double-Minded
  • Reasons for Boasting
  • Trial and Temptation
  • The Implanted Word
  • Metaphor for Self-Reflection
  • Worthless vs. Pure Religion
  • Favoritism in the Christian Community
  • Competing Standards of Judgment
  • Wholeness and Mercy
  • Contrast of Faiths
  • Faith and Works Inseparable
  • Works and Justification in James
  • Do James and Paul Contradict Each Other?
  • Tamed and Untamed Tongues
  • Duplicitous Tongues
  • Wisdom from Above and Below
  • Misalignment with God
  • Call to Repentance
  • Judging Your Brother Is Judging the Law and Judging God
  • Merchants and Rich Oppressors
  • Patience
  • Do Not Swear Oaths
  • Prayer
  • The Way to Wholeness

Unit 3: First Peter: Suffering for Doing Right

  • Author of First Peter
  • Audience of First Peter
  • Structure of First Peter
  • God’s Triune Engagement in Our Salvation
  • God the Father’s Transforming Benefits
  • Joy in Jesus Christ
  • Holy Spirit Revelations
  • Call to Holiness
  • Love Empowered by God’s Word
  • Spiritual Milk
  • Living Stones
  • Lifestyle Evangelism
  • Structure of 1 Peter 2:13–3:12
  • Submission to Governors
  • Submission of Slaves
  • Submission of Jesus
  • Submission of Wives
  • Christian Response to an Unbelieving Culture
  • Christian Witness to the World
  • Jesus’ Victory over Cosmic Powers
  • Flood Story Parallels
  • Sin and Judgment
  • Glorify God through Vigilance and Service
  • Rejoice in Suffering, Trust God
  • Shepherds under Submission
  • Humility and Hope
  • Final Greetings and Benediction

Unit 4: Second Peter: Responding to False Teaching

  • Author of Second Peter
  • Argument for Pseudonymous Authorship
  • Audience of Second Peter
  • Structure of Second Peter
  • Basis for Christian Living
  • Practice Christian Virtues
  • Peter’s Purpose in Writing
  • Refuting the “Myth” Charge: Eyewitness to the Transfiguration
  • Refuting the “Myth” Charge: Fulfillment of Prophecy
  • Refuting the “Human Origin of Prophecy” Charge
  • Introducing the False Teachers Theme
  • The Certainty of Divine Judgment and Deliverance
  • Denunciation of False Teachers
  • Shared Goals of First and Second Peter
  • The Charge of the Scoffers
  • Refuting the Scoffers’ Charge: Argument from Creation and the Flood
  • Refuting the Scoffers’ Charge: Inevitable Judgment despite God’s Patience and Forbearance
  • Final Exhortations and Benediction

Unit 5: Jude: Standing Firm in the Faith

  • Literary Sharing between Jude and Second Peter
  • Genre of Jude
  • Midrash in Jude
  • Author of Jude
  • Audience of Jude
  • Structure of Jude
  • Urgent Appeal to Contend for the Faith
  • Typological Types and Antitypes of the Intruders: Groups
  • Typological Types and Antitypes of the Intruders: Individuals
  • Judging the Intruders: First Enoch
  • Why Did Jude Use First Enoch?
  • Intruders Foretold by Apostolic Prophecy
  • Keeping Yourselves in the Love of God
  • Mercy on All?
  • Doxology and Closing

Unit 6: Epistles of John: The Incarnate Christ

  • Genre of First John
  • Author of First John
  • Audience of First John
  • Structure of First John
  • Christological Prologue
  • God Is Light
  • Correcting Theological Misperceptions
  • Wrong Claims of Knowing, Abiding, and Living
  • Little Children, Fathers, and Young Men
  • Secessionists and Anointed Ones
  • God Is Father
  • Renounce Sin
  • Be Obedient
  • Be Animated by the Right Spirit
  • Be Loving
  • Keep the Faith
  • Testimony of God
  • That You May Know
  • Second and Third John


  • Harmony of the Catholic Epistles

Product Details

  • Title: NT286 Survey of the General Epistles
  • Instructor: Darian Lockett
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 11
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About the Instructor

Dr. Darian Lockett (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is an associate professor of biblical and theological studies at the Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Darian grew up in the Kansas City area, where he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1998 (BA in history) and Midwestern Seminary in 2001 (MDiv). In 2002, he and his family moved to St. Andrews, Scotland, where they lived for three years while Dr. Lockett completed his PhD in New Testament. While in Scotland, he filled the pulpit for several small churches in the East Neuk of Fife.

Academically, Dr. Lockett is particularly interested in the Catholic Epistles, hermeneutics, biblical theology, and political/economic philosophies and Scripture.


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This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.



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  1. Deepak Kumar Singh
    Dr. Darian Lockett, in his rich baritone voice, leads the course which covers the seven biblical letters known as the General of Catholic Epistles making you understand how the Catholic Letters complement one another. He touches all the relevant issues discussed among these epistles in a refreshing way and underscores the highlights of each of the epistles. The course has certainly helped me to be aware of many of the issues, theme and concepts underlying the epistles. Highly recommended!


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