Course Description

This course can be taken in-person or online. In-person enrollment includes free access to the online lectures. Class size is limited.

In-Person Course Dates: Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30pm, September 14 - November 16

Location: 3901 Normal Blvd, Suite 101, Lincoln, NE

The online course includes ten high-quality, prerecorded, 2-hour video lectures with study notes, available the day following each in-person class, until November 23.

The Lord Jesus came in glory, healed the sick, preached the gospel of the kingdom, died on the cross, was raised from the dead, and has returned to the Father. What now? What is the Church to do in light of the risen and ascended Lord? Enter The Letter of James. James addresses the Church about how we are to live in light of the risen Lord Jesus. It does so not in lofty theological treatises like one might find in the letters of Paul, but in succinct and practical instructions about how to live distinctly as Christians.

James is as welcoming as it is challenging, comforting as it is heart-rending, tender as it is tenacious. In this course, we will journey through its pages in order to understand better how to practice our faith—whether in our private worlds, in our communities, in times of ease, or in times of trial. We will also examine how The Letter of James relates to the rest of Scripture—such as the Old Testament, the Gospels, Acts, and Paul. But chiefly, we will let the book of James speak for itself, and we’ll explore the richness of its message for those who are willing to listen. This study will inform and transform how we understand terms such as faith, works, wisdom, trial, and riches. The course is designed both to introduce the beginner and to challenge the advanced reader as we study the Word of God with fresh eyes and open hearts, so that the “Father of lights,” who “gives to all men generously and without reproach,” may use the study of this Epistle to form his people and reveal His very self to them.

Registration Options

This course can be taken in-person or online. In-person registration includes free access to the online class recordings, available through November 23. Clergy and members of religious orders may select the discounted registration options.


Associate Teacher

Joshua Burks

Joshua grew up in Lincoln. After finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he went on to serve as a FOCUS missionary for four years at South Dakota State University, two of which he served as the Team Director. Since his time with FOCUS, Joshua completed his MA in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado, in August 2019. He is passionate to see Scripture cherished in the hearts of Christians everywhere as a means of encountering Christ and walking with Him intimately. Joshua married his high school sweetheart Elizabeth in the summer of 2015, and they have since welcomed three beautiful boys: Elijah, Simon, and Anthony.