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Dwelling In The Word

Dwelling in the Word is an ancient way of reading the Scriptures. It involves spiritually submitting to the text of Scripture with a desire to hear from God and respond with our lives.

What follows is a simple guide to help you in this process. You will read the passage you choose three times total. Read slowly.

First Reading


  • Select a passage of Scripture.
  • Select someone to read the passage aloud.
  • What word or phrase is standing out?
  • Chew on that word or phrase as it is in the passage.
  • Allow at least two minutes of silence.
  • Remind people not to jump to life reflection.
  • Go around and share the word or phrase but don’t make connections to where it intersects with your life yet.
Second Reading


  • Have another group member read the passage aloud.
  • Where is your word or phrase intersecting with your life?
  • The goal here is to identify what you sense God is saying to you.
  • Allow at least two to three minutes of silence for this. Don’t rush it.
  • Go around and share. Make this conversational. Ask questions to help them discover why the word or phrase is important and what God wants them to know. The goal is not to fix the problem!

Third Reading


  • Again, have another group member read the passage aloud.
  • Identify how you sense God inviting you to respond to him.
  • What would be a faithful response to what you’ve heard God say?
  • Allow at least two minutes of silence for this.
  • Go around and share proactive and reactive responses.

Next Week


  • How did you do with your proactive & reactive plans from last week?
  • Celebrate people’s faithfulness!
  • What is God teaching or showing you?
  • If plans were not lived into ask, “Do you want to talk about this again next week?”