Bible Study

Refreshing Friends

Wisdom for a Young Head Coach
Week 18

II Timothy 1:13-18

Discussion Questions:

  • What did you learn from your mentor that you still hold as foundational principles for your coaching philosophy?  (vv.13-14) What were the three or four coaching points he/she always talked about?  How do you guard such valuable commodities?  Keep a notebook, computer program, journal, note cards…
  • Have you ever felt like you were abandoned as a coach?  (v.15) Fired without cause…  Left hanging in a recruiting situation…What was the situation?  Tell us the story…
  • Who has been a refreshing friend to you like Onesiphorus was to Paul?  (vv.16-18) Another coach?  A friend from church?  Your spouse?  A player?
  • How can you be a refreshing friend to a coach who’s embroiled in controversy?  Assure the person of our friendship.  Spend time together.  Speak well of your friend in public…

Weekly Summary:

  • Guard well the foundational principles you learned from your mentor.
  • Thank God for the friends that refresh our souls.
  • Be a refreshing friend to your friends who may be caught in a controversy.


  • Read the bible verse aloud at the beginning.
  • The questions for discussion will appear in normal text like this.
  • Suggested answers, discussion hints and follow up questions will appear in italics like this.
Bible Reference: 
1 Timothy 1