Week 2

Uni Group Leaders Page 2016-17

In this week's session, we'll be looking at Pray Play Say and we'll be giving an overview of where it comes from and what it means. Please use the content below as a guide for your session - the majority of the content below can also be found on pages 8 & 9 of the University Group 2016-2017 Leader's Guide.

 

Aim

To give a clear overview of Pray Play Say from Colossians 4:2-6.

NB. You will go into a lot more detail of each part of Pray Play Say as the year unfolds. 

 

Session Content

Read the following verses:
 
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:2-6
 
 
These verses come at the end of a letter that Paul writes to the church in Colossae where he has reminded them of the saving work of Christ. He has reminded them of Christ’s supremacy, his humility and his sacrifice which rescues sinners and brings them into a life of hope (1:15-23).
 
It is in light of this hope that he urges them to “live in him, rooted, built up in him, strengthened in the faith and overflowing with thankfulness” (2:6-7) and it is out of this overflowing thankfulness that he gives them these instructions to take with them as they live out their faith in the world around them.

 

Pray (v2-3)

Looking again at verses 2 and 3, answer these questions: What does Paul say our attitude to prayer should be? What should we pray for?

Paul has reminded us that it is not through anything we have done that we are saved but only through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. So let’s be devoted to praying for our teammates, that they too can receive this grace. Let’s pray for opportunities to share this message and let’s pray that we will share it clearly and faithfully.

 

Play (v5)

Looking again at verse 5, answer these questions: What does Paul say about our behaviour? What are we to do? What do you think this means? 

Through a life rooted in Christ and overflowing with thankfulness we can now offer our whole bodies in worship to him, including our sport and seek to honour God in all that we think, say and do – both on and off the pitch. How we play our sport can have a real impact; how we treat the officials, our opponents and our own club mates; how we react in victory and defeat, selection and injury. It is through this transformed life that our sports friends will hopefully see Jesus in us and want to find out more.

 

Say (v6)

Looking again at verse 6, answer these questions: What does Paul say about our speech? How and what are we to communicate?

As we live out this transformed life we also have the opportunity to speak of it. Paul encourages us to speak with love and grace which has a lasting effect. This can be in all our conversations but especially when we have the opportunity to talk of Christ. Alongside faithful prayer and distinctive living, we also have the joy and privilege of sharing the good news of Jesus.

 

So, what does this look like for you at your university?

Why not take a few minutes to think and write down your initial thoughts or feelings?

 

Final questions:

Which part of Pray Play Say do you find most encouraging?

Which part of Pray Play Say do you find most challenging?

In light of these verses, what are you going to do differently this week as you play your sport?