Overview of Living Word:

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. Since 2009, Shepherd of the Hills has been studying the “Living Word” of the Bible through a series of studies.  This Fall 2018, we have three small groups meeting to examine the New Testament book of Mark with lessons written by Pastor Bruce Bergquist. There is much to learn, think about and discuss as the Bible becomes the “Living Word”.  All are welcome, with no “expertise” needed! 

Group Meeting Leaders, Times, and Locations:

  • John & Deb Mol: 7:00 – 8:30, Tuesday evenings, Classroom 2. Meeting dates: September 18; October 3, 16, and 30; November 13 and 27; and December 11.
  • Janice Hill: 1:30-3:30, Monday afternoons, Classroom 2.  Meeting dates: September 24;  October 8 and 2;  November 5 and 19;  and December 3 and 17.
  • Dan and Kathy Wendland: 9:15-10:45, Thursday mornings, at the Wendland house. Meeting dates: September 13 and 27;  October 11 and 25;  November 8 and 29; and December 13.
  • 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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