The Christian Formation Committee serves the 87 worshipping communities in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. Our goal is to provide Christian formation resources and guide congregations in forming disciples of all ages. Click here to access resources and curriculum recommendations for Children & Youth Formation programs.
Individuals, small groups, and congregational Bible studies for Adult Christian Formation are listed below. These studies were compiled by diocesan clergy and lay leaders with deep background and context, along with suggestions for application to everyday life. Future seasonal and topical studies will be published on the diocesan blog.
Written by the Rev. Drs. John Lewis and Jane Patterson, each study begins with an introduction to the context and background for the book of the Bible being explored. All studies include questions for personal reflection and are designed for use by individuals or small groups over several weeks. Some studies were developed for a particular liturgical season in a particular year, but they are suitable for any time of year.
The author of the Gospel of John is writing for a group of first-century, mostly Jewish followers of Jesus, but this book provides modern day readers with his community’s prayerful, deeply reflected answer to Jesus’ question “Who do you say I am?”
The Gospel of Matthew mainly serves as a guide for Christians to live fearlessly into the ways of Jesus Christ. The Kingdom of Heaven, Matthew’s way of characterizing the Kingdom of God, is the vision that anchors this teaching. Study resource coming soon.
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. Study resource coming soon.
The gospel of Mark conveys a dramatic sense of urgency, challenging Christians to remain resolutely steadfast in their radical commitment as disciples of Christ. Study resource coming soon.
Nowhere else in the New Testament does an author expressly interpret the death and resurrection of Christ as already accomplishing God’s redemption of the entire cosmos.
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.
This study will help connect Paul’s teachings in 1st and 2nd Corinthians to your daily life as an individual, as a member of a Christian community, and in the role of church leader. Study resource coming soon.
This letter offers readers an opportunity to read, study, and reflect on insights into what God has accomplished for the entire world in the person of Christ. Study resource coming soon.
Early Christians were concerned about how their disputes over faithful practice undermined their unity in Christ. Paul’s letter to the Romans addresses this and other important concerns about Christian living and believing. Study resource coming soon.
The Wisdom Years is an emerging ministry created by a small working group of over-70 adults. We believe – and our lives attest – that these are the years when we have the time to look deeply at our relationship with God, to finally live into all that God is calling us to become, and to see blessings even amidst the diminishment of aging. Click here to learn more.
Suzanna Green, Bishop's Deputy for Christian Formation
Marjorie George, Adult Formation & Wisdom Years Leader - Grace Church, San Antonio