Written by the Rev. Drs. John Lewis and Jane Patterson, the DWTX Series are in-depth studies bringing 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 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.
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.
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 Parables in the Gospel of Luke 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 conveys a dramatic sense of urgency, challenging Christians to remain resolutely steadfast in their radical commitment as disciples of Christ.
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.