Colossians 3:16 – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,…”

A couple of my favorite ministry authors, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, talk about how Colossians 3:16 can be lived-out:

“What we are really talking about is a Bible-reading movement – in families, in churches, in neighborhoods, in workplaces, everywhere. Imagine if all Christians, as a normal part of discipleship, were caught up in a web of regular Bible reading – not only digging into the word privately, but reading it with their children before bed, with their spouse over breakfast, with a non-Christian colleague at work once a week over lunch, with a new Christian for follow-up once a fortnight for mutual encouragement, and with a mature Christian friend one a month for mutual encouragement.”



  1. I love it! Especially as a focus for our informal, but directed relationships that take place outside of our structured worship/fellowship times.

    1. In small ‘pockets’ it is going well. I’d love to see it grow, and I’m learning that most people don’t really know how to read their Bibles in a regular, sustained fashion that helps them listen to the Lord! We’re working to teach, model, and encourage people in this!

  2. That is primarily what my wife and I use as we meet with people in personal discipling contexts and help them learn to read the Bible. We each meet regularly with small groups (2-3 others) and do this together with them. I’ve found that James is a great book to go through teaching men how to read it using ‘The Swedish Method’.

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