Spent some time with A Man and His Marriage this week. The latest in a line of men’s studies called 33 The Series, it was inspired by the Men’s Fraternity material created by Robert Lewis (I reviewed part 1 of the series right here).
Like the other studies in this series, A Man and His Marriage can be used in several ways. Much like Men’s Fraternity, it can be used as a weekly on-campus large group study with discussion groups. It can also be used very effectively by men’s small groups that meet in homes, at work, or in a coffee shop.
“There are many important relationships in a man’s life, and none deserve more care, focus, and investment than the relationship with his wife. A man’s marriage is meant to be and can be an incredible source of energy, joy and intimacy.” [From the cover]
A Man and His Marriage wrestles with 6 important topics:
- The Biblical Foundation for Marriage
- Die to Live
- Friendship in Marriage
- Physical Intimacy
- Obstacles to Biblical Oneness in Marriage
- Game Changers
DVD-driven, A Man and His Marriage is a six session study that features teaching by Bryan Carter (senior pastor of Concord Church), Tierce Green (lead house church pastor of The Church Project), and John Bryson (founding pastor of Fellowship Memphis). These three communicators are known for their ability to connect with men. In addition to series regulars Carter, Green and Bryson, this volume includes segments from marriage expert Paul Tripp. The DVD segments average 30 to 35 minutes in length and include a variety of elements: teaching, man on the street interviews, and personal testimonies.
The Training Guide includes a note-taking section to be used while viewing the teaching segment, as well as a reflection and discussion guide that will direct the group experience. In addition, you’ll also find an engaging set of short between-session reading assignments on a series of topics that will capture and hold the attention of group members. Because of the way the questions are designed, no leader is required.
Far more than a study guide, the design of the Training Guide has a very engaging design. I’ve been impressed with the look and feel of every volume and this one is no exception. It has a very contemporary feel and will hold attention very well.
The Leader Kit comes with a second DVD that includes a promotional trailer, leader ideas, creative ideas for building a men’s large group study and much more.
If you’re looking for a new study that will reinforce the marriages in your church, you need to take a look at A Man and His Marriage. I like this study and I think you will too.