Bible Studies – DWTX series

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.

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.


The Gospel of John

Remaining in Christ
Jesus’ “I am” Statements in the Gospel of John

The author of the Gospel of John, writing for a group of first- century, mostly Jewish followers of Jesus, provides us with his community’s prayerful, deeply reflected answer to the question “Who do you say I am?” asked in another Gospel.



The Gospel of Matthew

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.


The Gospel of Luke

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

Nowhere else in the canon does an author expressly interpret the death and resurrection of Christ as already accomplishing God’s redemption of the entire cosmos.


hands churchPhilippians
Love Overflowing: Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians

Paul’s correspondence to his beloved and trusted church in Philippi is possibly his most beautiful and certainly one of his most powerful, yet practical letters, for Christians then and now.

“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.


Couple studying the Holy Bible together at a table (shallow focus side lighting).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.

Female hands gently holding male hands in cupped position on a subtle rainbow colored water ripple background fading to white with plenty of copy space

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.





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