Spent some time this week with a new DVD-driven study from Matt Chandler. A Beautiful Design: God’s Unchanging Plan for Manhood and Womanhood is classic Chandler. Straight from the Bible, the lead pastor of teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex tackles one of the most important issues of our time.
“What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a woman? In our society today, there is a massive amount of confusion about manhood and womanhood. Is there a difference between them? If so, what is the difference? The answers our culture offers only further serve to muddy the water. Is there a clearly defined picture? If so, where can we find it? (from the introduction)”
Is this a conversation you’re having anywhere? No doubt it is happening in your world every day and over and over. I have to tell you Matt Chandler handles this topic in a very intelligent and with a sensitivity that is quite powerful.
A Beautiful Design is an 9 session DVD-driven study. The video segments are classic Chandler. 31 to 42 minutes each, this is weekend sermon footage recorded live at The Village Church in 2014. Chandler is a powerful speaker in the way few preachers are and these messages are no exception.
The member book (also referred to as the Bible study workbook) includes:
- A video viewing guide that is designed to help members focus attention on the teaching, capture important ideas, and take notes.
- Discussion questions for each session that will guide your conversation about the video and also about learnings in the weekly Bible study.
- Each week includes three personal Bible studies that will take members deep into the topic.
- A Family Discipleship page offers an opportunity “to craft a vibrant family discipleship experience around three key elements: time, moments, and milestones.
Chandler is a very powerful speaker. Very smart, he easily captures and holds attention Although deeply theological, his messages always break through my personal bias toward seeker sensitive in the first few minutes and I find myself listening intently, caught off guard and fully immersed in what God’s word has to say to me.
I begin my review of every Matt Chandler study with my own bias completely in control and within minutes find myself thinking about all of the small groups that really need this study. A Beautiful Design is a must add to your recommended list. This is a conversation your group members are immersed in every day and they will richly benefit from this study. I highly recommend it.