Session 4: Mastering the Basics
What Are The Basic Skills For Growth?
What three basics have you mastered in your sport or your position?
What has motivated you to work on the basics? How has this helped your performance?
Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Hebrews 4:12.
From 2 Timothy 3:16-17, list four benefits of reading and studying the Bible. What are some specific ways these benefits might equip you and impact your life?
Why do you think Hebrews 4 describes the words of God as “living” and actively “effective”? How does the Bible differ from other books?
The Bible has power because it’s God’s words. It contains piercing truth about God, life, who we really are, our mission and destiny, and the condition of our individual hearts. Its message is basically simple and yet deeply powerful. Studying the Bible may feel like studying a complicated playbook. At times, it might seem confusing and overwhelming, but it’s living and active so God can reveal new insights each time you open it.
Read Matthew 6:5-15.
In Matthew 6, Jesus gives us a model for communicating with God. What attitude should we have when we pray (verses 5-6)? What should we avoid doing (verses 7-8)?
Rephrase Jesus’ prayer (verses 9-13) in your own words, noting specific things for which Jesus prayed. How might sincerely praying those things impact your life and your relationships with others?
Prayer is a powerful tool that can change your life and the lives of those around you. Prayer is about sharing your heart with God and allowing Him to speak into your life. Learn to relax and be totally open with God. Learn to slow down long enough to listen for His voice.
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.
What does Paul tell us about the importance of teamwork in the church (verses 12-20)?
What attitudes should we exhibit to others in the church (verses 21-26)? How can this build up unity and make the church more effective in impacting the world for Christ?
- How will taking time to talk with God and read the Bible each day make you a better athlete? teammate? student? friend? son or daughter? brother or sister?