Danny Silk has created a new Bible study curriculum, complete with study guide, audio CDs, and DVD sessions called Foundations of Honor. I was given a copy of the study guide, CDs, and DVDs free of charge for my honest review.
Here’s the purpose behind the product, as stated on the Loving on Purpose website:
For years, Danny Silk has been teaching, writing, speaking, and coaching on honor and how to express it in our families, churches, organizations, and communities. And for years, he has received the same feedback and questions around this powerful, challenging, and frequently misunderstood and misapplied concept, such as:
- “You say that people of honor must be powerful, but to a lot of people, ‘powerful’ means dominating and selfish. What does it mean to be powerful?”
- “If respecting our freedom and the freedom of others is crucial to practicing honor, what do we do when people cannot handle their freedom?”
- “We tried to honorably confront someone, and the person refused to ‘clean up his mess.’ What do we do now?”
- “I really don’t like confrontation. Doesn’t honor mean we should get along without conflict?”
- “If we’re all trying to honor one another equally, does that mean there shouldn’t be any leaders?”
- “Why does ‘honor’ always seem to turn into ‘entitlement’?”
The Foundations of Honor Study Guide addresses these questions and more through a comprehensive study of the core values, practices, and cultural effects of honor. Clear biblical teaching and illustrations, along with provoking questions and targeted action points, equip and train readers to examine their own foundations and build a solid foundation of honor in their lives, homes, businesses, churches, and communities.
The Foundations of Honor Study Guide is designed to work with the Foundations of Honor Teaching Series as a 10-session course suitable for both individuals and groups.
What I loved about this study:
- Silk’s key purpose – building a powerful community – really comes through. There are 28 “foundational stones” that he believes (and which he backs up with scripture) that are crucial to this process. It’s easy to conceptualize how each of theses stones are necessary in order for community to function in a healthy, dynamic way.
- Silk hones in on the importance of the individual within the community. Each person needs to address and adopt these stones into their personal life and walk in order to fully contribute to the building up and sustaining of a community. In the session one video, he talks about how necessary it is to allow people to be themselves, not what we think they should be or what they should bring to the team. If we believe that everyone is anointed in a particular way and serves a distinct purpose, the only way they can fully do that is if they live into who they really are.
- To further highlight our individual roles and the importance of our current worldview, Silk uses good questions to help us individually process what we think about concepts within the foundational stones. At the end of the session, there is space for us to see how these concepts play out within our culture and larger community.
- Sessions are not solely taught by Silk. He brings in various people from the church and business community to add to the discussion.
- This is a very intentional, well-thought out study that really aims to change the way we think of building community and living within it. It is very cerebral, but I think if people are willing to be authentic, there is ample space within the study guide to bring in emotional responses and personal stories to the foundational stones.
What you might want to know about this study:
- It is 10 seasons long and all of them are meaty.
- The DVD is not super dynamic or eye-catching. I watched 3 different sessions and all of them either involved Danny standing alone against a black backdrop or 3 people sitting around a table against a black back drop. While the conversations do seem authentic, sometimes they can drag a little bit because of the monotone feeling. Sometimes I felt like the conversation was a little dry, with very little emotion.
Overall, I would recommend this study for groups who are really invested in living out community in the way God intended it to function – in a healthy, balanced, and loving manner.