1) Read Scripture: Mark 2
2) Answer Questions:
· What section or phrase stood out to you in you in Mark 2?
· What does the section or phrase that stood out to you say?
· What does the section or phrase that stood out to you mean?
· How can you apply what you just read to your life today?
3) Coaching Application:
I’m not a college coach, but I’ve always thought coaching at the college level would be fun. As I am not a college coach I don’t have any experience in recruiting someone to come and be a part of my program. As I read through this passage of Scripture the thought occurred to me that Jesus was probably the greatest recruiter of all time. He would just walk up to someone and say “follow me” and they would. Putting together a 12-man roster was nothing for Jesus.
Regardless of whether or not we are recruiting student athletes to play for our team, we have a responsibility to help God, by using our gifts and talents, to “recruit” people into the Kingdom of God. Like with coaching we can do this with our words, but I believe our actions and the way we live our lives speak volumes as well. As followers of Jesus, trying to replicate Him to others, our faith experiences, knowledge of how Jesus lived His life, and following the leading of the Holy Spirit help us to engage others in opportunities to follow Jesus just like the first disciples did.
When we interact with the young people on our teams we have a great responsibility and opportunity to teach them all kinds of life lessons, and important fundamentals and strategies of the sports we love. We also have the opportunity to, as the Spirit leads and gives us wisdom, to encourage them to follow Jesus. We are not wanting them to follow us, but rather we are encouraging them to follow Jesus. We are God-bearers and we point the people we connect with in life to God.
I’m also reminded here in this passage of the authority in which Jesus spoke. As I read His words I can’t help but consider the respect He was given simply because of the boldness and authority in which He spoke. This strong communication, plus earning the respect of His followers by how He lived His life helped Jesus draw people to Himself and to connect them to the Father. As coaches I’m assuming we can follow Jesus’ lead in speech and how He lived His life as we interact with and share life with the athletes we have the privilege of coaching. Do we speak with authority? Do we live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to God and in rhythm with the life of the Spirit?
· Thank God for your time together.
· Spend time praying for those things that are on your heart and your mind.
5) Song of the Week: Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns