The Scotty Love Show was conceived as a video Bible study for guys, especially guys who might not be used to the small group or Bible study atmosphere. The idea was to present a skit or video in which the host of the Scotty Love show discusses a topic relevant to Christian men – poorly. Afterwards, the guys in the group dig into the Bible and some discussion time to seek some real answers. It’s an ideal program for young adult men, or a mixed age group, as Scotty’s guests include older and younger male friends, not to mention his sassy wife and unflappable daughter.
Week one of the series is, appropriately enough: Small Groups.
Here’s episode one. Bible study is below the video.
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Iron Sharpens Iron
Key Scripture: Proverbs 27:7, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
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Guys are not naturals when it comes to opening up. We don’t go to the bathroom in groups to talk about our dates. Guys don’t call guys just to say, “Whatcha doin’?” Guys don’t meet over coffee, and they never, ever talk about “feelings.”
God doesn’t want us to keep it all to ourselves. If he did, he wouldn’t have gifted women with the ability to make us open up when we don’t feel like talking. But God doesn’t want us to stop there. He wants us to band together as men to encourage, support, and strengthen one another.
Being part of a small group is a serious commitment, but a small group demands all of its members to make that commitment in order to succeed. We need to commit ourselves to listen, to share, and maybe most important – to keep it in the group.
READ AND DISCUSS
Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
What benefits does Solomon give for working together instead of going it alone?
How often do you undertake a task that would be better done with two people?
Why do you think we choose to do those jobs on our own?
Have you ever had any disasters – small or large – because you didn’t ask for help? What happened?
Read Prov 27:17
How have you been “sharpened” by mentors – teachers, coaches, pastors, bosses – in your life?
How have you been sharpened by peers in your life?
What other benefits have you experienced working with or playing on a team vs. going alone?
Why did you decide to join a small group?
How do you expect to be “sharpened” by being in this group?
What fears do you have about being in a small group?
What expectations do you have for this group, and for your fellow group members?
How nervous are you about sharing things that are going on in your life?
The first rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club. The same rule has to apply to a small group. How can we create a safe environment where guys can be heard without worrying that what is said here will leave this room?
What other questions or concerns do you have that you’d like to address as we begin our small group studies together?
Whatever your expectations are coming into this group, one thing is certain: we will get out of it what we put in. If we put on fronts and refuse to be honest with each other, we will never become sharper. If we betray the trust required to make this group a success, we will fall apart. But if we are genuinely open and honest with one another, there’s no limit to what God can do with our group.
Let’s ask God to bless the time we spend together. Let’s pray for the courage to open up and be real. And let’s ask God to use each of us to sharpen one another.
Thank you for bringing each one of us to this group. I pray that you will use this group to encourage and inspire every member. Help us to build the trust we need to hold each other accountable and build each other up.
In Jesus’s name,