To introduce this week’s lesson on God’s love, ask the men to identify some oxymorons—statements that seem contradictory, but are not. Point out that these can be serious or humorous. Record the responses on the board.
Point out that sometimes, we benefit from the greatest apparent contradiction of all—the love of someone who should have given up on us. Share that John Nash, a Nobel prize winning economist, received that kind of love from his wife. Nash suffered from delusional schizophrenia, which threatened his career and his family. But his wife refused to abandon him.
Tell the men that Nash’s story is recounted in the movie, “A Beautiful Mind.” Explain that the final scene of the movie centers on Nash’s Nobel speech, where he thanks his wife for her incredible support. Here is the clip. If you do not see it below, click here to watch the video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/w5ToctbuBtc
Show the clip. Allow men to discuss times when they have received a love they may not have deserved. Explain that the greatest love we will ever receive is a love we do not deserve—the love of God that makes no logical sense, but is available to all who will come to Him. Invite the men to examine that love with you through this study of Romans 5.
- Substitute the following question for Question 2 in the Personal Study Guide: For whom would you die? Why?
- Substitute the following question for Question 3 in the Personal Study Guide: With whom do you need to reconcile? How can being reconciled to Christ help you move toward reconciling with others?
- Substitute the following question for Question 5 in the Personal Study Guide: How should God’s love affect our relationships with other people?
Tell us your story . . . Share how God’s unexplainable love has made a difference in your life and how you are sharing it with others.
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.