WEEK 9- Equipped for Every Good Work

MONDAY — Read the passage with your team.

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings — what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured.  Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.  12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.  14  But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you have learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for       salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:10-17

What does this passage have to say about work habits?

Why is that important?

TUESDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

1) What makes a person ready to do work effectively? (v. 17)  Do you spend time daily in Scripture, being equipped for the work that God intends for you?  Can you work excellently if you are not being prepared by spending time in Scripture?

2) Is your team faithful in reading Scripture together?  Why is this important?  After all, isn’t this a sport — not Bible class?  (v. 16)

WEDNESDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

3) Does your team use truths and phrases from Scripture to help one another learn (“useful for teaching”), spur one another on (“rebuking…correcting”), and provide reminders to one another (“training”) — (v. 16)?

4) In what ways can your team develop the habit of using Scripture in the midst of your daily routines, in order to better prepare and help one another?

THURSDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

5) Do you put as much time into your spiritual training as you do your athletic training?  Which do you think is more valuable?  Do these necessarily need to be two separate and distinct pursuits?

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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