Written by the Rev. Drs. John Lewis and Jane Patterson, 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.
All of these studies include questions for personal reflection.
Many of the studies are hosted on the main diocesan website – www.dwtx.org. But you can reach any of them by clicking the titles, below. Links will take you to a different website and will open in a new tab.
Find the study by clicking on the title.
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 Gospel of Mark
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
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.