Week 2- The Quality of Your Work

 MONDAY — Read the passage with your team.

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an excellent builder, and someone else is building on it.  But each one should be careful how we builds.  11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light.  It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.  14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.  15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

 18 Do not deceive yourselves.  If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise.  19 For the wisdom of this world if foolishness in God’s sight.

 1 Corinthians 3:10-15,18-19

What does this passage have to say about work habits?

Why is that important?

TUESDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

1) How will the quality of your work be measured, according to verses 12-13?  With what kinds of materials are you building?  Where are you finding your strength, and with what habits do you work?

2) Is your work the kind of work that will last (and earn a reward), or is the type that will easily be destroyed?

WEDNESDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

3) Do your work habits in school display a commitment to producing quality work?  Do your work habits as an athlete display that    commitment?

4) What specific habits can you seek to change and improve in order to improve the quality of your work?

THURSDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

5) What will your work habits be like if you attempt to be “wise by the standards of this age” (v. 18)?  If you believe that the “wisdom of this world is foolishness” (v. 19), what habits do you need to break?

6) How will your work as an athlete change, as a result?

FRIDAY — Discuss sport applications of work habits and pray together.

Ask your athletes to briefly reflect on what they’ve learned about work habits this week, and to repeat some of those things.  (Remind them of some of the Biblical truths about work habits you’ve discussed, if necessary.)

Ask your team, “Based on what we learned about work habits this week...What does an athlete with godly work habits do?”  Do not settle for vague answers; challenge your athletes to go beyond general qualities of an athlete with godly work habits, and to determine what those qualities look like in action.

Add the results to your team’s list of descriptions of the “athlete with godly work habits”, and be sure the list is displayed somewhere that is constantly visible, as a reminder to the team.

Pray together as a team.  Encourage your athletes to pray for your team’s growth in regard to the discipline of work habits — especially in relation to some of the issues and challenges that you discussed together this week.  Challenge them to also ask for forgiveness, when applicable.  Give time for athletes to request prayer (regarding work habits or anything else), and pray together.


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