Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
...fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
“Sons of Solomon” is a group of men from local Lutheran congregations committed to helping strengthen and build up one another in steadfast faith and virtuous life through Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship.
Grounded in God's Word, the Sons of Solomon regularly and openly discuss all matters related to our various offices and vocations. Together we learn to live in our vocations as sons, brothers, husbands, fathers, workers, and men of God. We learn to rely on our brothers as we bear each other's burdens (Galatians 6:1-2), and so all become stronger. We exercise our faith together to build up the body of Christ "until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:13)
HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO:
Every man of the Sons of Solomon commits to read the Bible according to daily lectionary. Every year this will get us through most of the New Testament and about 1/3 of the Old Testament. You can find the daily lectionary in the Lutheran Service Book (LSB 299-304) and read along with the Bible you have. Otherwise, get yourself the Treasury of Daily Prayer from CPH that has it all gathered in one place (there's also an app).
If you've got a phone that can text we'll add you to our SOS group text chat. There you can comment or ask questions based on the readings, make reflections on current events, make prayer requests, and the like. Fathers can read with their young sons at home and invite their comments as well.
Every Sunday 15 minutes before the Divine Service the men and boys gather at the front of the sanctuary to pray. This session is typically led by one of the SOS leaders and lasts only a few minutes. We compile prayer requests and then pray the Litany (LSB 288), the leader adding in the additional requests. Praying together like this reinforces the discipline of corporate prayer and complements the daily prayer activity. We are glad to invite guests or visitors to this short prayer session.
Every month the SOS men and boys gather at Zion for fellowship, food, study, and prayer--our "Fire & Iron Nights." We eat together and swap fish stories, corny jokes, sound advice, and hard-won experience. Then we dive into the Word together for deeper study. Fathers bring their sons. All men bring their Christian brothers, or friends who need a brother.
Every few months the men from the local Lutheran congregations gather for a fellowship event. While these events do have a brief time of devotion and prayer, their main focus is for the men to strengthen their bonds of brotherhood. Events could include things like pool parties with pool basketball competition, father/son clay shooting, BBQ outings, hikes, campouts, and the like.
As opportunities to serve arise SOS leaders recruit volunteers from among the brothers to use their skills to help each other and those in need. A project leader is appointed and all men are encouraged to pitch in. These could include mercy work like home repair, building, or clean-up projects. It could also include coordinated work days to help a brother with something that requires many hands or serious muscle.
YOUR BROTHERS NEED YOUR STRENGTH.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Brothers, pray for us.
1 Thessalonians 5:25