What Is An Iron Man Group?

“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17

To promote Christian growth and maturity by being accountable to other like-minded men in being faithful to daily Bible study, Scripture memorization and prayer.

  1. 3-5 men agreeing to meet on a weekly basis.
  2. The textbook is the Bible; the Holy Spirit is the instructor.
  3. Simple Leadership - one man taking responsibility for the health of the group, assuring commitment to the “Iron Man Covenant.”
  4. Iron Man Groups (IMG) are composed of men at different levels of spiritual growth. Yet all men are accountable for the same purpose - continued spiritual growth.
  1. Each commits to memorize a portion of Scripture of the Holy Spirit’s leading; the portion of Scripture to be memorized is up to each man.
  2. The Scripture should be identified within 2 days after meeting so there is time to memorize and apply that Scripture.
  3. When meeting, men take turns quoting their Scripture word for word, then share insights that the memorization and meditation process has revealed.
  4. Accountability means:
  5. If no Scripture is memorized, men will attend regardless.
  6. You will inform your group if you cannot attend a meeting (no one should wonder where you are)
  7. Iron Men meet to share failure and victory, not criticize, condemn, or lecture.
  8. Confidentiality must be maintained; this is a closed group of men who will build tremendous trust with each other.
  9. All men will commit to the Iron Man Covenant
Benefits to Accountability
  1. Better fulfill our roles as Christian men
  2. Better fulfill our roles as godly husbands and fathers
  3. Understand the meaning and the need for responsible church membership
  4. Establish deep, effective relationships with other Christian men
  5. Grow the desire to make a lifelong commitment to small group accountability
Starting an Iron Man Group
  1. Start with as few as 2 men but target 3-5. Over 5 becomes difficult to limit the meeting to 1 hour and men can become “anonymous.”
  2. Seek to build the group with men demonstrating a range of spiritual growth; be about “disciple-making.”
  3. Understand and commit to the Iron Man Covenant
  4. Foundational Scripture - there is no right or wrong way to select Scripture since Iron Men are encouraged to allow the Holy Spirit to direct them. However there is high value to use “Foundational Scripture” as a starter.
  5. Psalm 1:1-6
  6. Proverbs - read one chapter in Proverbs daily. You will read through the Proverbs in one month.
  7. Psalms - 5 Psalms per day will cover the Psalms in one month. A guide sheet will show how to rotate through a cross-section of the Psalms (example: Psalm 1, 31, 61, 91, 121. Then Psalm 2, 32, 62, 92, 122, etc)
  8. Gospel of John, I John

A Great Way to Read The Bible


People often ask me, "What is your favorite way to read through the Bible?" In seminary, I ran across The Narrated Bible by F. LaGard Smith. This is my favorite way to have a regular Bible study. Some of the reasons I like it are: