One of the words that you may have seen on the Dwell in the Word card is "expositional". That word can be somewhat confusing but the concept is relatively simple. When someone preaches through the Bible and explains what it means through the flow of the text they are known as an expository preacher. An expositional commentary is a Bible commentary that is basically made up of modified sermons of this type. These types of commentaries are useful for both pastors and lay persons as they dig into what the text means in a real practical way. You will not find much mention Greek or Hebrew text in an expositional commentary. What you will find is good explanations that are often accented by illustrations just like they would be in a good sermon.
I recommend that you look into reading along with one of these commentaries as you dwell in one of the books we have selected resources for. One of the commentary series that we have selected is the Christ-Centered Exposition Series. You can find these in the church library for Mark, Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians. These commentaries are great for devotional reading as they cover small chunks of the text and explain it in a Christ-Centered way. One of the best things about this series is that the Kindle versions regularly go on sale and you can get them for $2.99 (regularly $7.99-$9.99). Coupled with your favorite Bible app you can have a great devotional tool to dwell in a book of the Bible. Above I've spliced together an image of my favorite Bible app (Logos) on the left and the Kindle app with the Exalting Jesus in Mark commentary to the right of it. Each section of the Mark commentary only covers a few verses and you can read the teaching on it in a mere 4-6 swipes of the pages on the Kindle app. A great way to have a study tool with you everywhere you go on your smart phone or tablet.
When you decide to dwell in your book with a commentary I recommend that you go to the commentary first to see how many verses you are going to read. The commentaries make this pretty clear. I have circled an example from Exalting Jesus in Mark in the image to the left. Read the verses in your Bible and then read from the commentary. That's it. Using an "expostional" commentary sounds like it should be complicated, but that is really all there is to it.
We have an assortment of commentaries available in the library on the Dwell in the Word shelf. In addition to the Christ-Centered series, you will find commentaries from the Reformed Expository series, the St. Andrews Expositional series, and the Lection Continua series. All of them are good commentaries that approach scripture from a Reformed perspective and provide excellent, practical insight into the text of scripture.
If you have any questions on the commentaries or anything you read in them, don't forget that I am always willing to talk with you about what you are reading. I would love to hear what you are experiencing as you Dwell in the Word.