For this week’s “Live It Out,” encourage the men to think about times when they were surrounded by a supportive network of friends. Ask: What did that mean to you? How did it change your life? Discuss responses
Set up the suggested clip from Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Explain that Frodo has been charged with carrying and destroying the ring of power in the fires of Mount Doom. But while he confesses that he doesn’t think he can make it, his friend Sam commits to carry him the rest of the way. Show the clip. If you don’t see the clip in the window below, click here to view the clip on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cig_W9PQA6c
We all face times when we need to be “carried” by others, and God will give us opportunities to carry others for His glory. Encourage men to consider the following ways they can “carry” their brothers in Christ during times when they are struggling to do what’s right.
- Meet with other men on a regular basis to hold one another accountable.
- Pray for one another. Be transparent about your own struggles and pray for the struggles of others.
- Keep a confidence. Refuse to spread rumors or engage in gossip.
- Make yourself available to one another.
Remind men that we cannot win the battle against sin alone. We need God’s help in overcoming temptation, and we also need the support of brothers in Christ. Challenge them to minister to one another by “carrying” one another through difficult stretches.
- Substitute the following question for Question 2 in the Personal Study Guide: When have you felt Paul’s frustration? How did you respond?
- Substitute the following question for Question 5 in the Personal Study Guide: What did Paul mean when he said that we are not under condemnation? What impact does that have on our struggle against sin?
Share your thoughts. How does the men’s ministry at your church support men who are struggling? What programs or studies have made the biggest impact on your group?
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.