Dwelling In The Word
"Dwelling in the Word" is one of the six spiritual practices we are using to engage with God, one another and the world through our Partnership in Missional Church program. “Dwelling in the Word” means regularly setting aside time to read the Bible (to be in the Word). This practice can be utilized as an individual, with a partner or with a group. It is simply the reading of a page or set of passages in the Bible, reflecting on them and then listening to what God may be telling us (or where God may be leading us) through them. The objective of the practice is to dwell in the Word until the Word dwells in us – until our understanding of the Word begins to effectively shape our imagination, intentions, and actions in keeping with God’s will.
Below are a set of instructions that can be used if you are Dwelling in the Word with a group:
- Have Bibles available so the story can be read by different people at different times, or make copies of the passage
- When the group assembles, set aside approximately 20 minutes for this activity. Begin the meeting by reading the passage, then allow some silence to unfold as people let the words have their impact.
- Instruct people in this way:
- Find a person in the group you know least well.
- Listen to that person as he or she tells you what they heard in the passage. They may mention something they'd never heard before, something odd, something comforting, or something about which they'd like to ask a Bible scholar.
- Listen well, because your job will be to report to the rest of the group what your partner has said, not what you yourself said. Some people may want to take notes to help them focus and remember.
- Then turn the group loose with their partners for 6-10 minutes. Notice how they are paying attention. When you draw them back together to report what they have heard, ask for what they learned from their partners.
- Then wrestle together as a group with what God might be up to in the passage for the group on that day.
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