To introduce this week’s lesson on “A Problem You Can’t Solve,” encourage the men to identify celebrities who somehow lost control of their lives, despite fame, fortune, and popularity. Discuss responses.
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission recently posted a blog about Elvis Presley that drives home two powerful insights about the power of sin. First, he said, “Elvis’s life demonstrates what it means to be in control of so many outside factors, through fame and money, but without control over the world, the flesh, and the devil.”
Point out the same is true for many men. On the outside, we put up a front that seems impenetrable. But on the inside, sin and guilt can tear us apart.
Second, Moore pointed out that, like Elvis, none of us controls our death. We only control our eternal destination.
Explain that today’s lesson reminds us that we can’t win the battle against sin on our own. Men are problem solvers, but this is a problem we can’t solve on our own. We have to meet God on His standards, not our own.
- Substitute the following question for Question 2 in the Personal Study Guide: What are some ways men try to be “righteous” apart from coming to Christ in faith?
- Substitute the following question for Question 3 in the Personal Study Guide: If a friend asked you to explain how a loving God could be storing up wrath for a coming judgment, how would you respond?
- Substitute the following question for Question 5 in the Personal Study Guide: When has sin left you feeling “useless”? How did you respond?
We’d love to hear from you. What are some ways you could help men understand their lack of power when it comes to dealing with sin?
The options for men for the Do Over unit were written by Bob Bunn. Bob helps develop stewardship curriculum and resources for churches for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. He is the author of Indelible Parenting, a four week study for parents based on Deuteronomy 6. He and his wife, Mary, live in Nashville with their three teenagers.