Topic: Identifying the Central Issue in the General Epistles

Question/Prompt: Just because the General Epistles are not “occasional” as are Paul’s letters does not mean that they are not intended to speak to specific problems, issues, and crises in the congregations to which they are addressed. Choose one of the General Epistles, read it through quickly (remember, it is a letter!), and then, in not less than 400 words, describe in your own words the issue, problem, or crisis the letter is meant to address. Having done that, discuss briefly how the letter is still relevant to the church today. Be sure to interact with all assigned materials, including textbooks, presentations, and videos. Be sure to document any ideas not your own or “common knowledge” (including your textbooks, videos, and presentations) using parenthetical citations and bibliography. Popular sources and Internet sources are not allowed.

Reply Prompt:  Reply to two classmates stating your reasons for your agreement or disagreement with their appraisal of the letter on which they wrote.

Refer to the Discussion Board Instructions under “Course Guides and Assignment Instructions” for the specific requirements for discussion boards.

Submit your thread by 11:59 pm (ET) on Thursday of Module/Week 6, and your two replies by 11:59 pm (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 6.

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