By: Kris Dolberry– In 1 Corinthians 16:13 Paul, speaking directly to men, says, “Act Like men.” While we want to heed Paul’s advice, the problem is, we men often don’t know how, None among us wakes up one day and says, “you know. I want to not act like a man today.” But we don’t clearly see what the Bible teaches about how to live this charge. What’s more, there has never been a day when this topic is more critical than now. In fact, pop culture is attempting to redefine what a man is. altogether.
This is why I’m excited about our new Bible study for men entitled Act Like Men by James MacDonald. In this six-session study, Pastor James will challenge you to take hold of your God-given role. Through video teaching, group discussion, and personal Bible study, he will urge you to live out Paul’s instruction in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 These five phrases will serve as the foundation for you to be the man God calls, expects, and empowers you to be.
Every church is different in their strategy of making disciples. With that in mind, here are 3 ways you could integrate this new resource into your disciple-making strategy:
1) Small Group
Real life change happens in circles more than rows. If you want men in your church to Act Like Men, it is critical to have an opportunity for them to gather together in a small group environment to unpack those truths together. The new Act Like Men Bible study comes with built in plan for using it with your small group. It is complete with an easy-to-use group leader guide to take the hassle of leadership away for inexperienced leaders.
2) Large Group
In many churches across the country, the men meet in a large(ish) group at a time like Tuesday morning at 6am. This is what the most recent church I served did when I was there. Around 100 men would meet for coffee, donuts, and time in the Word each Tuesday. We would place men around tables of 6-8. Each table had a host. A leader would facilitate the study and then throw it to the table hosts to guide the conversation. Some experts call this the Master-teacher model. The difference here is, Pastor MacDonald becomes your “master teacher”.
I meet every week or so with a couple of men– Chris and Jason. We talk about the way God is at work in our lives. I call this my “huddle”. First, if you don’t have a huddle, you need one. This resource would be a great guide for you as you get started. You are likely to face the same struggle I’ve faced. That is, Chris, Jason, and I usually meet at our favorite Mexican restaurant. So, we have no way of popping in the teaching DVD from the leader kit. No problem, all the teaching videos are available to rent or purchase as a direct download so you can watch on your own time and them meet with your huddle to process what you are learning.
Kris Dolberry is a pastor, speaker, writer, and trainer of leaders. After serving in pastoral leadership for 17 years, Kris now leads Ministry to Men at LifeWay and serves as Executive Editor of Stand Firm, a daily devotional magazine for men. Kris is husband to Vanessa and dad to Konnor, Emma, and Brady. They live outside Nashville, Tennessee.