WEEK 6 - Purity of Body and Spirit

MONDAY — Read the passage with your team.

     14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do  righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?   16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?  For we are the temple of the living God.  As God has said, “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

     17 “Therefore come out from them and be separate,” says the Lord.  “Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.  18 I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty.

     1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

2 Corinthians 6:14 - 7:1

What does this passage have to say about confidence?

Why is that important?

TUESDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

1) What command does God give you, in regard to your relationships? (v. 14-17) Does this command apply only to marriage, or does it apply to other relationships?  What does this command mean in regard to dating?  Friendship?

2) Do you take this command seriously?  Does your life reflect that?

WEDNESDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

3) What, in your life, “contaminates [your] body and spirit”? (v. 1)  What activities, temptations, relationships, and possessions cause your body, thoughts, and attitudes to be unclean (not right) in the eyes of God?

4) What would the act of making yourself separate from and purified of those influences mean?

THURSDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

5) Do your habits (and those of your teammates) while playing your sport demonstrate commitment to purity of body and spirit?  Do your stated team goals reflect a commitment to those purposes?

6) Do your habits (and those of your teammates) outside of your sport demonstrate a commitment to purity of body and spirit?  Do your habits cause others to doubt, question, or be tempted?

7) What does God promise to you if you obey these commands? (v. 16b)?  What impact should that promise have on your confidence?  On your team’s confidence?

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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