I can’t remember ever reviewing a video series so this will be a first. I wasn’t familiar with the 33 Series when I was first offered the video to review, but once I hopped onto their website many of the names are once I trust and appreciate. Here’s a blurb about the ministry:
Authentic Manhood is all about setting men up to live lives of truth, passion and purpose. Our resources offer clear and practical Biblical insights on God’s design for manhood that are both refreshing and inspiring. We point men to a gospel-centered vision of life that sets them up to enjoy God’s grace as they pursue the promises of His Word.
Our resources, including the original Men’s Fraternity curriculum created by Dr. Robert Lewis, have influenced millions of men around the world. Our newest resource is “33 The Series.” It is a multi-volume, gospel-centered video series that presents the timeless truths of Authentic Manhood in a powerfully new and engaging way. It includes new insightful teaching, inspiring testimonies, expert interviews and multiple creative features. As a man experiences the different volumes of 33, he will find himself building a vision for Authentic Manhood in his own life that is built on the gospel of Jesus Christ and was modeled by Him in His 33 years on earth.
I received volume 5 “A Man and His Marriage.” I’ve sat through countless video teaching DVD’s in small groups. Most of them are OK, but they end up being just straight up recorded teaching.
What I liked most about the 33 Series was the presentation. It wasn’t just video teaching. Each session starts with introductory comments transitioned into street interviews then into teaching and might mix in an interview with a trusted bible teacher related to the session (I’m a big fan of Paul Tripp and there was a good dose of wisdom from him in these teaching bursts).
I watched a few of these during the day when my wife and kids were home and I’d find my wife standing over my shoulder listening to the interview or teaching and asking questions. The format and presentations lends itself to this kind of question asking and discussion. It’s one of the few video teachings that really works best in a group because it generates questions. You’re not just filling in the blanks from a sermon or regurgitating what you just heard. The user guide reflects this same type of presentation. There is a helpful outline fill in the blank, but each chapter includes tips, articles, resources, and more.
With all that being said, you might already guess I’d recommend this resource for small groups, men’s discipleship, and even married couples. Below you can get a taste of the quality of the content and teaching.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Mathew B. Sims is the author of A Household Gospel: Fulfilling the Great Commission in Our Homes and a contributor in Make, Mature, Multiply (GCD Books). He completed over forty hours of seminary work at Geneva Reformed Seminary. He also works as the managing editor at Gospel-Centered Discipleship and the assistant editor at CBMW Men’s Channel. He regularly writes for a variety of publications. Mathew offers freelance editing and book formatting. He is a member at Downtown Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC.