Below you will find material to help guide the conversation during your time. Feel free to use the content on this page or download the PDF we have provided a link to below.
What is Man Talk?
Every group is made up of different people from differing backgrounds. Some of you may want to go deeper into Scripture, while others will find this to be a great opportunity to develop their relationship to one another and build trust among brothers.
There should be a diet of Scripture and connection within each group but allow the Spirit to guide the conversation and emphasis of your unique group. This is a step in the journey of People Helping People Find and Follow Jesus. We hope you see this week as a starting point of developing relationships and helping to make disciples.
What is the Goal?
1: To focus conversation on things like God, His grace, His plan, and His impact in our lives rather than just sports, the weather, or work.
2: To build relationships with other men and disciple one another.
3: To deepen trust with other men and give a safe environment to share.
4: To open the opportunity to pray for each other about real things.
Tips on Praying Together
1: Short | Aim for just a few sentences from each person to provide adequate time for everyone to pray, and to remove some of the pressure.
2: Simple | Avoid complicated phrases or special prayer vocabulary that you would never use in normal conversation with one another.
3: Specific | Encourage specific prayers so you can share when prayers are answered.
4: Suitable | Keep things personal and focus on praying for people within the group rather than people and events outside of the group that could be impersonal.
5: Safe | Insist on confidentiality to encourage sharing.
Conversation Starters for Disciple Makers
1: What is the best thing God has given you? (This is a helpful question to gauge a person’s understanding of the gospel)
2: If you were to trace a graphic with your finger describing the ups and downs of your spiritual journey, what would it look like and why?
3: What questions do you wish you could ask God? Does the Bible answer any of those questions?
4: Share your story. Talk about how God has been active in your life?
Videos to Watch and Discuss
1: Manhood Restored | Matt Chandler
2: Learn To Live The Life God Has Called You To | Nik Vujicic
In Christ | Ephesians 2
1: Read Ephesians 2:1-3
Paul seems to want to remind us of our desperate, helpless state apart from Christ. Elaborate on the following phrases used here by Paul and what they mean in this context.
- “Dead in your transgressions and sins” (v.1)
- “When you followed the ways of this world and the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient” (v. 2)
- “Gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. (v.3)
- “Like the rest of mankind, we were by nature deserving wrath.” (v. 3)
- Which of these statements do you most identify with?
2: Read Ephesians 2:4-10
Paul’s tone changes in verse 4 as he returns to a jubilant declaration of our new reality for those united to Christ by faith.
- What is the difference between mercy and grace?
- Share an example from your life where God extended grace to you.
- When is a time you extended this grace to someone else?
- How do these descriptions of God’s action toward us move or encourage you? Are any of them new or something you hadn’t considered before?
- What hope or excitement does verse 7-8 give you for the future? Why?
3: Read Ephesians 2:19-22
- Why does being a follower of Jesus make someone a “foreigner” or “stranger” in this world?
- What makes a follower of Jesus set apart or different from the world around them?
- How do you feel knowing God’s Spirit dwells in believers?
- Do you have concerns with this truth?
- What excites you about this truth?
- Why is being united to Christ and other believers so important?