The Bishop’s Writings

The “Bishop’s Writings” page is designed to create an area where someone can quickly navigate to the different resources and writings of Bishop Beaudoin.

Below you will find the following sections:

  • Bible Studies
  • Reading Guides
  • Weekly Email Communications

If you cannot find the resources you are looking for, contact info@nwos-elca.org for help.

Bible Studies

A long time ago, Nehemiah was called by God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. In the Old Testament, Book of Nehemiah, we read that before Nehemiah lays even one stone; Nehemiah prays. He prays for strength. He prays for protection. He prays for forgiveness. Nehemiah takes everything to the Lord in prayer. One of my “go to” Bible verses related to prayer is Philippians 4:6, and this will serve as our Year of Prayer memory verse. “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). This powerful Bible verse captures God’s desire for us to pray.

What follows is a 6-session Bible study on the Book of Nehemiah. I want to encourage you to open your Bible, gather with a group of friends, get outside the 4 walls of the congregation, and learn what God desires to teach you. But, be careful. Be very, very careful, because God’s Word has the power to transform people and communities from who we are into the people and communities that God longs for us to be.  During the time of Nehemiah, the city of Jerusalem experienced a similar transformation. At the dedication of the rebuilt city wall, we read, “They offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. The joy of Jerusalem was heard far away” (Nehemiah 12:43). May we also experience the great joy of God, the gracious love of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit to renew and transform our lives and communities. Prayer and God’s Word has that power.

A Study of Nehemiah: The Year of Prayer

In the New Testament Letter to the Ephesians the writer focuses on the power and the gift of God’s amazing grace. One of my “go to” Bible verses is Ephesians 2:8, and this will serve as our memory verse for 2017: the Year of Grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). This powerful Bible verse captures both God’s intent and God’s goodness.  I would encourage you to memorize this Bible verse, so when I see you, and you recite this verse to me, you will be blessed.

What follows is an 8 session Bible study on the Letter to the Ephesians. I want to encourage you to open your Bible, gather with a group of friends, get outside the 4 walls of the church, and learn what God has to teach you.

A Study of Ephesians: The Gift of God’s Grace

Reading Guides

One of the great gifts of the Protestant Reformation was a renewed emphasis on God’s transformational grace, and the word transformational is fitting. The Protestant Reformation was a transformational event, which caused a seismic shift in Western Civilization. In the book, Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation, Dr. Andrew Pettegree captures the spirit of the Protestant Reformation by focusing on the transformation that occurred in 4 related areas:

  • The transformation of Martin Luther, from unknown monk to Europe’s bestselling author – ever.
  • The transformation of the printing industry.
  • The transformation of book production and marketing.
  • The transformation of the town of Wittenberg.

“Brand Luther” – A Reading Guide

In God’s Grace: A Message from Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin

“A Message from Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin” is a weekly communication from the Bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod.