Overview of Living Word:
In case you have not heard of Living Word, it is part of the Shepherd of the Hills’ Bible study program. Last year we included the study of Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians in the fall and Psalms in the spring which are available to dowload. This year we are studying Acts in the Fall, and moving to the Words of Wisdom this spring. The format of Bible Fitness combines Bible study with the small group setting, allowing members to share their insights on portions of the Bible, and how they apply it to their lives.
- Contact Information: Chris Walker, email@example.com or 970-215-7524.
- Download a copy of our brochure
- Group Meeting Leaders, Times, and Locations, 2012-2013:
- Ray Bailey: 6:30 – 8:00, Tuesday evening (usually 1st and 3rd). Meets at church in room 2.
- Lynda Sypes: 1:30-3:30, Mondays (usually 1st and 3rd). Meets at church.
- Dan and Kathy Wendland: 9:15-10:45, Thursdays (usually 2nd and 4th). Meets in homes.
- Chris and Sam Walker: 6-7:30, Sunday evenings. Meets in homes.
- New Group? We are always open to training leaders and starting new groups.
Steps of Living Word:
- Share: Take time to “check in” in general, and specifically to talk about how God’s Word has affected your life in the time since your last meeting.
- Hear: Surrounded by a brief time of silence, listen to the portion of the Bible that is the focus passage for this session.
- Explore: Discuss the listed questions, or others you might have, and take note of the meaning of the focus passage in its original setting.
- Connect: Carry the discussion into the meaning of the focus passage for people in today’s life setting. What is God’s Word in this portion of the Bible saying to you? Is there a message of judgment or commands? What is the “good news” in this passage—God’s love and acceptance to meet human need?
Discuss such general questions, or look specifically at the listed questions relating to the passage.
Prepare: Think of some specific ways by which you might try to carry God’s Word as you have reflected on it in this group meeting into your daily life. How might you respond to it, reflect on it, carry it out in actions, and so on, as you live and work and play and relate to others each day? Perhaps jot down a word or a phrase as a reminder–or a specific verse that can become a “key thought” for you each day–or some other way to think and pray during the week about what you shared here in this session. Then Close with Prayer and Do the Daily Readings.
“At Home” Steps
- Obey: Daily follow-up on your plan to focus on God’s Word in your daily life.
- Meditate: Take time each day to spend in prayer and meditation on a portion of scripture (perhaps including the above “suggested readings” as part of your plan), and consider all that in the context of your daily activities.
- Reflect: Think about how you are doing in living by God’s Word. What successes or failures have you experienced? What gracious surprises has God given you? What might you share with your group at the next “Living Word” meeting?