Overview of Living Word:

In case you have not heard of Living Word, it is part of Shepherd of the Hills’ Bible study program. In 2014-15, we covered the entire Gospel of Matthew, with “Part One: Jesus the Christ,” in the spring; and “Part Two: Making Disciples,” in the fall. These studies are available to download, along with this coming year’s studies as they become available. Each Bible study series lasts for 7 weeks. The fall semester of 2015 we studied “The Book of Revelation: God’s Promises for Troubling Times”; and in the spring of 2016, we looked at “The Passion Story in St. Matthew: The Central Story of Our Faith.” The fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 looked at the book of Romans. In the fall of 2017 we studied the book of Genesis.
For the spring of 2018 we will be working on the many ways Jesus interacts with us. For example, in the first week, the groups will discuss how Jesus is Our Healer. Jesus is many things to us and the groups will explore them with scripture, sharing and discussion. 
The format of Living Word 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.

Group Meeting Leaders, Times, and Locations:

  • Dana Peterson: 7:15 – 8:30, Tuesday evening (usually every other week). Meets at the Church.
  • Janice Hill: 1:30-3:30, Mondays (usually 2nd and 4th).  Meets at church.
  • Dan and Kathy Wendland: 9:15-10:45, Thursdays (usually 1st and 3rd). Meets at the Wendland’s house.
  • 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?
  • 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.

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