Threshold Bible Study
Cross the threshold to enter this dynamic, informative, inspiring, and life-changing series that helps you learn in an enticing new way. Each Threshold book contains thirty lessons, which you can use on your own for daily study over the course of a month or which can be divided into six lessons per week, providing a group study of six weekly sessions. Through the spiritual disciplines of Scripture reading, study, reflection, conversation, and prayer, you will experience God's grace more abundantly and root your life more deeply in Christ.
The risen Jesus said: “Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you” (Rev 3:20).
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HERE IS THE PERFECT WAY TO START
READING THE BIBLE EVERY DAY.
CHOOSE ONE THRESHOLD BOOK
FOR EACH OF THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.
Order the 12 books at the discounted rate of $9.95 each.
Choose a quiet place, a favorite chair, and a regular time for reading.
Read the 30 lessons of each book, one each day, for a month.
Deepen your understanding and experience the transforming power of God’s word.
SUGGESTED SELECTIONS LIST 1
July – Jesus, the Compassionate Savior: Luke 1
August – Jesus, the Compassionate Savior: Luke 2
September – Church of the Holy Spirit: Acts 1
October – Church of the Holy Spirit: Acts 2
November – Angels of God
December – Advent Light
January – God’s Spousal Love
February – Missionary Discipleship
March – The Tragic and Triumphant Cross
April – The Resurrection and the Life
May – The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts
June – The Sacred Heart of Jesus
SUGGESTED SELECTIONS LIST 2
July – Eucharist
August – Jerusalem, the Holy City
September – Jesus, the Messianic King: Matthew 1
October – Jesus, the Messianic King: Matthew 2
November – Peacemaking and Nonviolence
December – Angels of God
January – Salvation Offered to All People: Romans
February – People of the Passion
March – Stewardship of the Earth
April – The Lamb and the Beasts: Revelation
May – Divine Mercy
June – The Feasts of Judaism
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Study the dynamics of forgiveness throughout the Bible, learning to embody the divine pardon and mercy you have received, so as to bring healing to your personal life, your family, and our church.
Peacemaking and Nonviolence
Discover how to read the prophets of Israel and the teachings of Jesus through the lens of the cross, offering the world a way to renounce hostile retaliation, learning to love enemies and struggle for justice with creative nonviolence.
Learn how the call to evangelization is at the heart of Scripture--in ancient Israel, the life of Jesus, and the apostolic church--and how disciples are called to be missionary witnesses of the gospel, living the good news with joy and hope for the sake of the world.
God's Spousal Love
Explore how God’s covenant love is expressed throughout the Bible with images of marital commitment, tenderness, love, and faithfulness. This study will encourage married couples to understand their relationship as a reflection of the spousal love of God for us.
Discover God’s most fundamental attribute and the expression of God’s own heart in divine mercy. With a heart always for the poor and the lost, God demonstrates faithful love for the world and calls people to a joyful and abundant life.
Angels of God
Enhance today’s fascination with angels with an overview of the Bible’s presentation of God’s angels as mediators, guardians, and guides. Understanding their role throughout biblical history will enhance your awareness of their presence with us today.
Jerusalem, the Holy City
Learn Jerusalem’s significance in the history, prophets, and psalms of Israel, and its importance as the city of Jesus’ final pilgrimage and the founding city of the church. This city of peace is the city of David, the city of Jesus, and the model for God’s new creation.
Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Jesus
Go on a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land to explore the primary sites commemorating the life of Jesus. Holy places and sacred Scripture help us encounter Jesus through the geography of his earthly life.
Enkindle a watchful expectancy of the continual coming of Christ by reliving the anticipation of our ancestors. If we learn from the prophets, angels, shepherds, magi, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph, we will learn to wait in joyful hope.
People of the Passion
Experience Christ’s Passion through the eyes of Peter, Mary Magdalene, Pilate, Simon of Cyrene, the daughters of Jerusalem, and many others. Travel the way of the cross with this motley gathering of gospel characters.
The Tragic and Triumphant Cross
Plumb the depths of Scripture for the awful and glorious significance of the world’s most beloved symbol. Worn on our necks, carried in procession, and set on mountaintops, the cross is truly the universal sign of humanity’s greatest hope.
The Names of Jesus
Know Jesus more completely through this study of his many names and titles in the New Testament. Bridegroom, King of kings, Bread of Life, Morning Star, Word, Lamb, Messiah, Alpha and Omega, and many more help us appreciate the richness of his personality.
Mysteries of the Rosary
Explore the biblical roots of each of the mysteries of the rosary. Enhance your meditation on the joyful, luminous, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries by understanding the great events of our salvation in Christ.
Enrich your understanding of Eucharist through exploring its biblical roots. As holy sacrifice, sacred meal, and the living presence of Christ, the Eucharist is the focal experience of the church’s life.
The Resurrection and the Life
Realize how the Resurrection offers us hope for the future and gives purpose for everything we do today. The Resurrection is God’s greatest victory and the fulfillment of humanity’s deepest longing.
The Feasts of Judaism
Understand the biblical roots of Judaism’s festivals. An appreciation of the Sabbath, Passover, Pentecost, Booths, Purim, Hanukkah, Yom Kippur, and others will help Christians comprehend modern Judaism and the faith of Jesus.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
Change your hearts of stone to hearts of flesh by turning to the pierced and sacred heart of Jesus, the place of divine love. The heart is the biblical symbol for the human will and passion, the personal level at which genuine conversion to Christ occurs.
The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts
Discover how to rekindle the fire of the Holy Spirit and allow God’s Spirit to manifest divine graces and spiritual gifts more richly within you. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and evangelists and who filled the life of Jesus now blows within and among all God’s people.
Stewardship of the Earth
Experience God’s creation as a great gift and a sacred trust to humanity. The biblical texts help us understand our privilege and responsibility in caring for the earth and humbly recognizing our place within it.
Threshold to God's Word
Unlock the door to God’s word, learning to read the Bible not as an intellectual exercise, but a devoted and passionate search, an enthusiastic and joyful discovery. Written for individual or group study, reflection questions that help connect the transforming power of Scripture to the heart of our own spirituality.
Jesus, the Messianic King: Part One (Matthew 1-16)
Matthew’s Gospel presents Jesus as Israel’s royal Messiah, inaugurating God’s kingdom in the world. This study will help you understand the scope of this gospel, the clear advice it offers for the church, and its personal implications for the lives of disciples today.
Jesus, the Messianic King: Part Two (Matthew 17-28)
The second half of Matthew’s Gospel moves from the Transfiguration to the Resurrection, announcing Jesus as the world’s true King. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus bring the hopes of ancient Israel to their dramatic climax.
Jesus, the Suffering Servant: Part One (Mark 1-8)
Mark wrote his Gospel for the persecuted church in Rome, highlighting those parts of the tradition that will help the church follow him more faithfully. You will learn that following Jesus requires radical conversion and constant readiness for the coming of God’s kingdom.
Jesus, the Suffering Servant: Part Two (Mark 9-16)
This second half of Mark’s Gospel explores the the successes and failures of Jesus’ original disciples. You will realize that the cross is the focus of both the sacrificial life of Jesus and discipleship in his way.
Jesus, the Compassionate Savior: Part One (Luke 1-11)
Luke wrote his Gospel for all Gentiles seeking to understand God’s universal plan of salvation in Jesus. Today, the gospel becomes truly good news for the lives of people in every nation, of every race, language, and culture.
Jesus, the Compassionate Savior: Part Two (Luke 12-24)
The second half of Luke’s Gospel narrates Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and shows the inclusiveness of his love even for those who crucify him. Readers learn how to be compassionate, evangelizing disciples without boundaries of race, gender, or class.
Jesus, the Word Made Flesh: Part One (John 1-10)
John’s Gospel presents Jesus as the personal revelation of the unseen God, selecting words and deeds of Jesus to form seven great dramas to demonstrate the power and love of God working in him.
Jesus, the Word Made Flesh: Part Two (John 11-21)
The second part of John’s gospel follows Jesus during his final week in Jerusalem, shows how believing in Jesus and loving as he loves leads to the fullness of life.
Church of the Holy Spirit: Part One (Acts 1-14)
The most thrilling and adventurous book of the Bible, Acts shows us Christianity being lived for the first time. It narrates missionary journeys, trials and imprisonments, powerful sermons, sea voyages, and the clash of ancient cultures, inviting us to continue the adventure today.
Church of the Holy Spirit: Part Two (Acts 15-28)
The second half of Acts narrates the missionary journeys of Paul and his companions. It begins in Jerusalem and ends in Rome, but the story is open-ended, for it is lived in the church and its members in every age.
Salvation Offered for All People (Romans)
Demonstrating his skills as a missionary, pastor, and theologian, Paul explains how God's salvation is rooted in his Jewish heritage but is destined for people of all races and nations.
Proclaiming Christ Crucified (1 Corinthians)
As the young church in Corinth discerns how to be disciples in their distinct context, Paul teaches how a living faith in Jesus Christ must be grounded in his saving cross. Discover how Paul transformed the imaginations of the Christians of Corinth so that they could live their lives in radically new ways.
The Lamb and the Beast (The Book of Revelation)
Choose the way of the Lamb over the way of the beasts, the mystical Jerusalem over the corruption of Babylon. Realize that the book of Revelation is not about what the future holds, but about who holds the future.
Enthrone the Bible in Your Home
Click below to access a prayer service for enthroning the Bible. You may make as many copies as you wish for your family or the families of your parish. Print the WORD format on both sides to create a four-page booklet.
Blessing of Bibles at Sunday Mass
Click below to access a blessing prayer over the Sunday Mass congregation for Bible Sunday. Instruct the people to bring their personal or family Bibles to Mass, then offer this prayer of commitment and blessing.
What People are Saying About Threshold Bible Study
This series has received remarkable endorsements from American bishops, biblical scholars, and pastoral leaders throughout the Catholic Church.
“Stephen Binz provides the Church with a tremendous gift and resource in the Threshold Bible Study. This great series invites readers into the world of Scripture with insight, wisdom, and accessibility. This series will help you fall in love with the Word of God!”
Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
“Threshold Bible Study is by far the best series of short Bible-study books available today. I recommend them to all the leaders I help train in the Catholic Bible Institutes of several dioceses. Kudos to Stephen Binz for writing books that are ideal for small-group or individual use.”
Rev. Felix Just, S.J., Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
"Stephen J. Binz is a consistently outstanding Catholic educator and communicator whose books on the study and application of scripture have thoroughly enriched my Christian understanding. In our fast-moving, often confusing times, his ability to help us examine and comprehend the truth through all the noise is especially needed and valuable."
Elizabeth Scalia, writer and speaker, Editor at Aleteia, blogger as The Anchoress
“Stephen Binz has created an essential resource for the new evangelization rooted in the discipleship process that helps participants to unpack the treasures of the Scriptures in an engaging and accessible manner. Threshold Bible Study connects faith learning to faithful living leading one to a deeper relationship with Christ and His body, the Church.”
Julianne Stanz, Director of New Evangelization, Diocese of Green Bay
“Threshold Bible Study takes to heart the summons of the Second Vatican Council—"easy access to Sacred Scripture should be provided for all the Christian faithful” (Dei Verbum, #22)—by facilitating an encounter with the Word of God that is simple, insightful, and engaging. A great resource for the New Evangelization.”
Hosffman Ospino, Professor, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
“Threshold Bible Series is a terrific resource for parishes, groups and individuals who desire to delve more deeply into scripture and Church teaching. Stephen J. Binz has created guides which are profound yet also accessible and which answer the growing desire among today's laity for tools to grow in both faith and community.”
Lisa M. Hendey, Author and Founder of CatholicMom.com
"The Church has called Scripture a 'font' and 'wellspring' for the spiritual life. Threshold Bible Study is one of the best sources for tapping into the biblical font. Threshold Bible Study offers you an encounter with the Word that will make your heart come alive."
Tim Gray, President of the Augustine Institute, Denver
"This well-developed approach to Bible study is meant to wed serious study and personal prayer within a reflective context. Stephen Binz is to be applauded for this fine addition to Bible study programs."
Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., Professor, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
"We are at a unique time in our Church’s history when leadership is not confined to a few, but all Catholics are invited to deepen their discipleship and lead in our church and society. Threshold Bible Study helps Catholics reflect on this call in scripture and put that call into action so that our world may experience the transformation that is possible when we are not simply called Christians, but are living and leading in the ways of Christ."
Kim Smolik, Ed.D., CEO, Leadership Roundtable
"The Threshold Bible Study series is a wonderful means for adults to learn the ancient practice of lectio divina. Through study, prayer and contemplation, learners will discover the meaning of God’s word in their daily lives."
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
"I am grateful for this new series introducing our Catholic people to the riches of Sacred Scripture. May these guides to understanding the great truths of our Redemption bring us all closer to the Lord of our salvation."
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
“Stephen Binz’s Threshold Bible Study series gives adults of all ages a very accessible way to “open wide the Scriptures” as Dei Verbum urged. Encountering the Word of God together in study groups will allow participants to deepen their faith and encounter their Savior Jesus.”
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville
“Threshold Bible Study provides a very engaging approach and encounter with sacred Scripture, all the while encouraging the faithful to listen and discern the Word of God, especially in and through Jesus Christ.”
Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, Archbishop of Indianapolis
“To know and love Jesus and to follow him, we need to know and love the Sacred Scriptures. For many years now, the Threshold Bible Study has proven to be a vital tool for Catholics seeking to go deeper in their encounter with Christ.”
Archbishop José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles
“I congratulate and applaud Stephen J. Binz for his work of evangelization with Threshold Bible Study. Pope Francis has encouraged us all to ‘consult the Bible as often as our cell phones.’ I am sure that this study will help many to consult their Bible more as well as help many to better understand and apply in their lives the saving message of the Good News of Jesus—whose love, mercy, welcome, invitation, and embrace we Catholics search for and find on every page of Scripture.”
Archbishop John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe
"I am impressed by the way Threshold Bible Study opens the doors of the sacred page in an intelligent, engaging way that fosters a deeper, more meditative interaction with the Word of God. Stephen Binz has carefully crafted this series for either one’s daily meditation or a weekly group study with equally positive benefit. I am happy to endorse this series as a means to grow in one’s friendship with Christ through the prayerful study of Sacred Scripture."
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas
“Small groups where men and women of faith can gather to reflect and support each other are essential for the New Evangelization. Stephen Binz has a proven record of supplying excellent resource material to help these groups break open the Scriptures and be nourished and renewed by the living Word of God. I commend him for continuing to provide this important service with the Threshold Bible Study series."
Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau, Quebec
“Stephen J. Binz has a unique talent for helping ordinary folks engage the Bible with deep understanding. Graduates of the Hartford Catholic Biblical School are using his Threshold Bible Study throughout Connecticut to bring Scripture more fully into the lives of God’s people. In particular I recommend his latest volume in the series, Missionary Discipleship, for use among church leaders seeking to ground contemporary evangelizing initiatives in a profound understanding of God’s Word.”
BJ Daly Horell, Director, Catholic Biblical School, Archdiocese of Hartford
"Stephen Binz offers an invaluable guide that can make reading the Bible enjoyable and truly nourishing. A real education on how to read the Bible, this series prepares people to discuss Scripture and to share it in community."
Jacques Nieuviarts, A.A., Professor, Institut Catholique de Toulouse, France
"Stephen Binz has put together a great aid for Catholics hungering for scripture study and application in their daily lives. Threshold Bible Study promises to help meet that need."
John Michael Talbot, Catholic Christian Recording Artist, Little Portion Hermitage
"Threshold Bible Study offers solid scholarship and spiritual depth. It can be counted on for lively individual study and prayer, even while it offers spiritual riches to deepen communal conversation and reflection among the people of God."
Scott Hahn, Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
"Though the distance many feel between the Word of God and their every-day lives can be overwhelming, it need not be so. Threshold Bible Study is a fine blend of the best of biblical scholarship and a realistic sensitivity to the spiritual journey of the believing Christian. I recommend it highly."
Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., Professor, Catholic University of Australia
“Falling in love with the sacred scriptures enables us to fall in deeper love with our loving God. Threshold Bible Study helps us see the Word of God alive in us and among us.”
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans
“Threshold Bible Study is a wonderful publication that is sure to open new doors for every reader. In a practical, pastoral, and accessible manner, Stephen Binz brings the insights of contemporary scholarship to us in understandable language and clear format, inviting readers to deeper reflection on their own lived experience.”
Bishop Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange CA
“I find Threshold Bible Study to be a very compelling approach to the study of Scripture with the worthy goal of facilitating genuine, integral spiritual growth. I would highly recommend the series to the Pastors as a suitable tool for the spiritual growth of the Faithful. May Threshold Bible Study grow in impact on behalf of the Church and become a source of genuine benefit for all who make use of it for their spiritual growth.”
Bishop Robert M. Coerver, Bishop of Lubbock
"Threshold Bible Study successfully bridges the painful gap between solid biblical scholarship and the rich spiritual nourishment that we expect to find in the words of Scripture. Stephen Binz is to be congratulated for responding to this urgent need in today's world."
Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., Former Professor, Saint Vincent Archabbey, LatrobE
"Threshold Bible Study is that rare kind of program that will help one cross an elusive threshold—using the Bible effectively for prayer and spiritual enrichment. This user-friendly program will enhance any personal or group Bible study. Guaranteed to make your love of Scripture grow!"
Ronald D. Witherup, S.S., Superior General of the Sulpicians, Paris
"I most strongly recommend this series, exceptional for its scholarly solidity, pastoral practicality, and clarity of presentation. The church owes Binz a great debt of gratitude for his generous and competent labor in the service of the Word of God."
Peter C. Phan, Professor of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University
"Threshold Bible Study is an enriching and enlightening approach to understanding the rich faith which the Scriptures hold for us today. Written in a clear and concise style, Threshold Bible Study presents solid contemporary biblical scholarship, offers questions for reflection and/or discussion, and then demonstrates a way to pray from the Scriptures. All these elements work together to offer the reader a wonderful insight into how the sacred texts of our faith can touch our lives in a profound and practical way today. I heartily recommend this series to both individuals and to Bible study groups."
Abbot Gregory J. Polan, O.S.B., Conception Abbey, Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Order
"Here, at last, is a Bible study for those of us who don't like Bible studies! Stephen Binz brings new meaning to the biblical passages and deeper connection to our own lives. His discussions do far more than inform; they ask for commitment and assent on the part of the reader."
KATHLEEN O'CONNELL CHESTO, WRITER AND SPEAKER
"Threshold Bible Study offers a marvelous new approach for individuals and groups to study themes in our rich biblical and theological tradition. Moving through these thematic units feels like gazing at panels of stained glass windows, viewing similar images through different lights."
John Endres, S.J., Professor, Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University
"In an increasingly bible-reading and bible-praying Church these helpful books combine solid biblical information and challenging suggestions as they continually breathe new life into ancient texts."
JOHN R. DONAHUE, S.J. FORMER PROFESSOR, ST. MARY’S SEMINARY AND UNIVERSITY, BALTIMOR
"Threshold Bible Study is a refreshing approach to enable participants to ponder the Scriptures more deeply. This series provides a practical way for faithful people to get to know the Bible better and to enjoy the fruits of biblical prayer."
Irene Nowell, O.S.B., Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas
"Threshold Bible Study helpfully introduces the lay reader into the life-enhancing process of Lectio Divina, individually or in a group. This series leads the reader from Bible study to personal prayer, community involvement, and active Christian commitment in the world."
Sandra M. Schneiders, Professor, Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University
"This fine series will deepen your understanding of Scripture, but most importantly it can deepen your faith. In the classical tradition of lectio divina, this series also offers a very practical way to equip people for the New Evangelization."
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
"Written in a sprightly easy-to-understand style, these volumes will engage the mind, heart, and spirit of the reader who utilizes the helpful resources author Stephen J. Binz makes available."
Alexander A. Di Lella, O.F.M., Professor Emeritus, The Catholic University of AmericA
"Threshold Bible Study offers those who want to begin faith-filled and prayerful study of the Bible with a user-friendly tool. These books will open readers to a new and stimulating way to encounter the Word of God."
Leslie J. Hoppe, O.F.M., Professor, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
"Threshold Bible Study unlocks the Scriptures and ushers the reader over the threshold into the world of God’s living Word. The world of the Bible comes alive with new meaning and understanding for our times. This is the best material I have seen for serious Bible study."
Bishop Donald W. Trautman, Former Bishop of Erie
"Stephen Binz has an amazing gift for making the meaning of the biblical text come alive! With a strong background in Bible study, he knows how to provide the roadmap any group can use to explore Scripture. I'd like to see this in the hands of every adult Catholic in the church today."
Bill Huebsch, author and theologia
"I am pleased to endorse the Threshold Bible Study series. It is informative, easy to use, rooted in the Church’s tradition of reflection and prayer, and of sound catechetical method."
Bishop AnthonyM. Pilla, Former Bishop of Cleveland
"With lucidity and creativity, Stephen Binz offers today’s believing communities a rich and accessible treasury of biblical scholarship. The series' brilliance lies in its simplicity of presentation complemented by critical depth of thought and reflective insight."
CAROL J. DEMPSEY, OP, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND, OR
"Threshold Bible Study is a wonderful series that helps modern people read the Bible with insight and joy, helping them to hear and respond to God speaking to us in the Scriptures."
Richard J. Clifford, S.J., Professor, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
"Threshold Bible Study is appropriately named, for its commentary and study questions bring people to the threshold of the text and invite them in. The questions guide but do not dominate. Stephen Binz's work stands in the tradition of the biblical renewal movement and brings it back to life."
Kathleen M. O'Connor, Professor Emerita, Columbia Theological Seminary