Written by the Rev. Drs. John Lewis and Jane Patterson from the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, these in-depth studies bring new insights that will allow readers to study and learn from the biblical writers in ways that are applicable to our everyday lives.
Each study begins with an introduction on the book being explored and sets the context and background. The studies are generally done in several-week sessions and so are rich in content and meaning. Many are available in both text and audio form. All include questions for personal reflection.
The studies are designed for use by individuals, small groups, or Sunday-morning congregations.
Some of the studies were developed for a particular season of a particular year, but they are suitable for any time of year.
Find the study by clicking on the title.
Remaining in Christ
Jesus’ “I am” Statements in the Gospel of John
Seek First the Kingdom –
The Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew
One of the main purposes of the Gospel of Matthew is to serve as a guide for Christians in living fearlessly into the ways of Jesus Christ. The Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew’s characteristic way of speaking of the Kingdom of God) is the vision that anchors this teaching.
Parables in the Gospel of Luke
Proclaiming the Kingdom
Parables reveal the nature of God’s kingdom, showing us there is no length to which God will not go to redeem God’s people.
The Beginning of the Good News
The gospel of Mark conveys a dramatic sense of urgency, challenging Christians to remain resolutely steadfast in their radical commitment as disciples of Christ.
Clothed with Christ’s Love: the Epistle to the Colossians
Love Overflowing: Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians
“Christ in Me, Christ in You”: An Introduction to Paul and His Letters
In this study you will find Questions for Reflection that will help you make connections between Paul’s teaching and your daily life as an individual, as a member of a Christian community, and in the role of church leader.
Rooted and Grounded in Love
This letter offers us an opportunity to read, study, and reflect on insights into what God has accomplished for the entire world in the person of Christ.
Galatians and Thessalonians
“Gospeling” the Faithfulness of Christ Among the Gentiles
Paul’s letters to these congregations provide many important and helpful insights into the way Paul nurtured the growth and health of congregations he knew well.
Welcome One Another Just as Christ Has Welcomed You
Early Christians were concerned about how their disputes over faithful practice undermined their unity in Christ. Paul’s letter addresses this and other important concerns about Christian living and believing.