Dwelling in the Word

There is an age-old tension between being and doing, between the spiritual and the physical, between personal reflection and outward active service. In an attempt to get rid of the tension—or at least relieve it—we often select one of these over the other. Perhaps the best way, however, is to sit in the tension, rather than avoid it. Maybe this tension is not a bad thing? Maybe it’s more holistic and healthy to practice both being AND doing? Listening AND Speaking. Personal reflection AND public engagement. To that end, we have begun engaging a practice called Dwelling in the Word.

Assuming that the way God speaks to us is through His Word, Spirit, and people, we desire simply to hear God’s Word, practice listening to Him and His Spirit, and discuss with one another what He has said and how we should respond as His people. But we don’t want to remain mere listeners.

If the Dwelling in the Word practice is the listening/reflective/being half of the whole, then our vocations are the speaking/public/doing half. Therefore, we would like to blend our Dwelling in the Word practice with our attention to our vocations. Put most simply, we will spend some time practicing listening to God, talk about what we’ve heard with each other, and then, by way of response, go do something about it in all the various places God has called and placed us—home, office, classroom, neighborhood, and culture. Each of our learning environments are currently using this practice, but anyone can gather a group of two or more people togetherand participate. We are excited to see what God says to us and does with us.

Brief instructions for this practice follow, or we invite you to contact Dave Bindewald (dave@cccsh.org) to learn more:

1.  Invite someone to read the passage aloud for all to hear.

2.  As the group spends one minute silently reflecting on what was read, hand out copies of the passage to each individual.

3.  Break into pairs (unless someone is left out) to tell one another what you heard.  Take only 2 minutes each.

4.  Bring the group back together and have each person report what their partner heard.

5.  As a group, talk and pray about what you heard and how to faithfully respond.