Bible Study

Train with Wisdom

Wisdom for a Young Head Coach
Week 8

I Timothy 4:1-8

Read the text aloud.

Discussion Questions:

  • When have you seen coaches use odd or foolish training techniques with their players?  (vv.1-3) Denying them water, over-training, encouraging fighting, ignoring steroid use…
  • What is often the source of such destructive methods of training and motivation?  (v.2)  A conscience that’s numb or dead.
  • What are some very good things that have been withheld from players by coaches you know?  (vv.3-4)  Water, food, family time, social time…What is shown here to be a healthier attitude?  (vv.4-5)  Thankfulness for all things with prayer.
  • According to verse 6, what is the evidence of being a good coach (minister)?  Pointing out the ideas from vv.3-5 and being nourished on the words of faith and sound doctrine.
  • How much physical training do you do weekly?   How many hours in what forms… running, weight training…?  What is its benefit?  (vv. 7-8)  Physical health, clear mind, etc…
  • How much godliness training do you do weekly?  How many hours in what forms… Bible reading, worship, prayer…?   What is its benefit?  (v. 8)  For all things…in this life and in the next… Clear conscience, wisdom, good relationships…

Weekly Summary:

  • Watch out for foolish and destructive training techniques.
  • Be thankful for all that God gives and don’t withhold good things from your staff and players.
  • Keep a proper balance between your physical and spiritual training.  Don’t neglect either.


  • 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 4