WEEK 13- Remember Your Leaders

MONDAY — Read the passage with your team.

     1 Keep on loving each other as brothers.  2 Do not forget to entertain    strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without    knowing it.  3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

     4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.  5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?”

     7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.  8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

     9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching.  It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.

     15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

     17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.  They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

     18 Pray for us.  We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.  19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.

     20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,  21 equip you with everything for doing His will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for every and ever.  Amen.

Hebrews 13:1-9,15-21

What does this passage have to say about confidence?

Why is that important?

TUESDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

1) What does the writer of Hebrews identify as his source of confidence?    (v. 6)

2) According to verse 8, why should you “remember your leaders...consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith”? (v. 7)  What  leaders have provided a consistent model of confident obedience for you?  How can you take specific steps to model their example?  How can your athletic habits be impacted by that commitment?

WEDNESDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

3) When others give you advice that is intended to help your confidence, how should you measure (or evaluate) that advice? (v. 9)  Upon what “ceremonial foods” (false or worthless things) have you at times based your confidence?

4) Upon what will your confidence be based if your heart is “strengthened by grace”?  What is grace, and how can it affect your confidence?

THURSDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

5) What does verse 17 have to say about your relationship to your coaches?  What is the impact of negative relationships on a team?  What are the  consequences of disunity on a team?  If a team is not like-minded, or if they constantly clash with or disobey or undermine their coach, can the team be confident?

6) What disunity exists on your team, and how can you be a part of the solution?

FRIDAY — Discuss sport applications of confidence and pray together.

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

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

· Add the results to your team’s list of descriptions of the “confident athlete”, 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 confidence — 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 confidence or anything else), and pray together.

 

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