The Power of God’s Word
One might wonder how a men’s Bible study is any different from a woman’s Bible study, or for that matter, any kind of Bible study. After all, it would seem that the Bible has the same message running throughout regardless of the gender, age or race of the individual studying it.
Well, we know one thing for sure — there is transformation in the heart of anybody who chooses to study the word of God. The Bible says, For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). Could this really be true? Absolutely! This is a book with paragraphs, sentences, words and letters that have the power to transform a human’s character and attitude. Therefore, a Bible study is a teaching experience in which the Holy Spirit empowers us to understand and be transformed by God’s written Word!
Men’s Bible Study – Applying God’s Word to the Uniqueness of Men
So, why a men’s Bible study? Can a men’s Bible study give a man a better and clearer understanding of the Bible than another type of Bible study? Does a men’s Bible study offer something different or special to a man which he might not otherwise get in a group of women or children? The answer to this question is a resounding ‘YES’! Let us explain…
We know unequivocally that men, women and children all deal with different issues. A child doesn’t worry about paying the bills, a man doesn’t worry about getting pregnant, and a woman doesn’t worry about making the high school football team. Since we know each group has specialized thinking, concerns, and emotions, we need to take this understanding and apply it when studying the Bible. Men’s Bible studies deal specifically with sexual purity and other issues that affect men.
Men have their own set of fears, joys, emotions, and issues. Wisdom tells us to gather together with other men to study how the Bible applies specifically to a man’s heart and life. In particular, a big issue for men is battling pride. Pride tells us to be a lone ranger. It gently reminds us of our own self-worth and how isolation and self-teaching is far more impressive and beneficial. Don’t give into this false thinking! Unfortunately, for many men, this is how they view the investment of committing to a men’s Bible study.
With a men’s Bible study, one should expect a raw, under-engineered atmosphere where the Bible teacher, leader, facilitator or author hammers home God’s truth dealing specifically with men’s issues. There is a mass amount of unapplied truth given directly from scripture that isn’t being lived out in men today. Guys are blending with the culture, rather that battling for obedience as God’s men. Men are allowing their eyes and minds to wander into areas of lust and fantasizing. And, for many men, standing for integrity in the workplace when everybody else is proudly walking on the unethical road is a non-issue. Men need to chase truth and combat the lie. In today’s world, men are spending more time at work, on hobbies, watching TV, and reading the paper than accepting their role and gift as a father, husband, and leader.
Men’s Bible Study – Make a Commitment to Connect!
When it comes to Men’s Bible Study, we highly recommend that every man commit to two things:
Get connected at the local church into an interactive men’s Bible study where the focus is on the felt-need issues of a man — issues such as lust, greed, isolation, materialism, discontentment and strained or broken relationships.
Go to your local bookstore and buy a set of bible studies. In our opinion, one of the best Men’s Bible Studies on the market today is part of the EveryMan series published by Waterbrook Press. If you’ll take the risk, do the hard thing, step into your discomfort and make a small investment of time and money, we know you’ll be pleased with the results!
Get Connected Now!
The above article, “The Power of God’s Word” was excerpted from https://www.allaboutgod.com/mens-bible-study.htm.
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This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”