Our men’s group was quite diverse, especially in age, ranging from 27 to 87. Most of the men had never been in a group. The relational approach and emphasis on vulnerability in the Rock Solid Men study quickly led to connection. Despite meeting virtually, we grew closer and closer through our discussions about the study, concerns about COVID-19, personal struggles, and family tragedies. It was incredible how quickly we became a family.
I just wanted to thank you for Rock Solid Men Bible study series. A group of us has been meeting for five weeks now. We love the energy, passion, and material. But best of all, one of the men attending is my father. My parents divorced when I was 13 years old, and now, after all these years, my father and I are becoming friends and brothers in Christ, thanks to your series.
We call ourselves the God Squad. Our group is a safe place for men to come and talk about their faith—or lack thereof—as well as their successes and failures in life. They can listen and be heard without being judged. Many of our men are active in their local church, but for some, this is their only access to Christian men, the Word, and the authentic sharing of faith in a conversational way. We become iron sharpening iron as we wrestle together on how best to apply the study to our lives in meaningful ways.
The first day I went to my Bible study group, I was nervous. I’d separated from my wife and my children. I struggled with addiction, shame, and unemployment. I had no clear sense of direction. What I DID know was I needed to find other men to talk to so that I did not feel so utterly alone. What I found was even more poignant: a group of men who understand the power of Jesus. Each week, the Bible Study equips us to weave the teachings of Jesus into the practical fabric of our everyday lives. This and these men have helped me realize that I am an important individual in the Kingdom of God—and in my own family and community.
The Bible study has been a primary part of my discipleship walk for over 11 years. In men’s small groups, I’ve learned more about how God speaks to me than in any other format, and the studies allow for an easy entry-point for spiritual growth. Doing life together with like-minded men is a blessing—having other men to counsel with, to be accountable to, and to go to when life’s challenges become difficult. I know exactly what Paul meant in 2 Timothy 4:13 when he asked for his cloak, his books, and especially his parchments. I’d ask for my coat, my Bible, and especially the video Bible studies!
I was moved by the free video Bible study How God Makes Men so I started a second men’s group at our church to share it with. Our men love the series. The content is incredible and life changing, as well as relationship changing, and we thank you for that.
My men have grown in their relationships with Christ over the years because of your powerful ministry! But as a pastor during this pandemic, I have been overwhelmed trying to pull our leadership together and get a church survival plan in place while learning how to livestream our messages for the first time. Your message The Faith of Moses was the most impactful and encouraging to me personally that I can remember since I received Christ as my Savior! It will carry me through this and any other storm that comes against my ministry. Keep up the good Kingdom work!