Took the opportunity to preview a new men’s study from LifeWay this week. Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole featuring Eric Mason, the founding and lead pastor of Philadelphia’s Epiphany Fellowship, a “multi-ethnic inner city church dedicated to seeing Jesus Christ’s gospel hit up every area of our lives.” I recently heard Pastor Mason speak at the RightNow Conference and knew I had to take a look at this study.
A six-session DVD-driven study, Manhood Restored is probably best used as a third or fourth step in the journey. This is a challenging topic, but Mason is just right in his presentation. The length is right, coming in at 13 to 20 minutes. An imposing figure, he captures and holds your attention right out of the gate. In addition, every segment includes a very compelling testimony from Epiphany members (I think you’ll love the variety and conviction of these men!).
Manhood Restored grapples with some fairly tough topics for men. Covering man’s problem, God’s solution, worldview, sexuality, vision and family…Eric Mason exudes confidence and competence. He delivers a needed message in a challenging manner that can be heard by men who are ready for challenge.
The study guide is fairly robust. Every session includes
- a video discussion guide, designed to help the participant follow along and take notes
- a rich Bible study section provides a “show up” guide that will take members deep into the concept.
- a wrap up summary emphasizing the main points for takeaway
- a well-written one-on-one guide for accountability between group members
- four personal devotional studies every week
The study guide also includes a very basic leader’s guide that isn’t overwhelming, but provides enough for the newest leaders.
I like Manhood Restored. If you’re looking for a study that will help spiritual walkers become runners, you need to take a good look at this one. I highly recommend it.