Basic Guides to Spiritual Growth
DOES GOD HAVE A GAME PLAN FOR MY
If youre involved in sports, you know
that every successful athlete or team has a game plan. Often, the team that best sticks to
its game plan will win the sporting event, even when the opponents may possess better
athletic ability. If you have a personal relationship with God, this same principle can
apply to your life as a Christian. God has a game plan and He intends you to be a vital
part of it.
1. GOD'S GAME PLAN
What a coach talks to his team about just before the "big game" is very
important. He doesnt discuss things that dont really matter at that point.
Instead, a good coach discusses the game plan, gives clear directions and encourages the
players. Similarly, in the critical moments before Jesus left His disciples to go to
heaven, He talked about Gods game plan to save people from their sins and how the
disciples were to be involved in reaching the goal. In His final moments with them,
Jesus covered some very important instructions and encouraged them to go out and
"win"! Lets look at what He told them.
Read Matthew 28:18-20.
How do you know Jesus had the position to give instructions to the disciples?
What four things did Jesus tell His disciples to do? (Hint: Each begins with an
Who was to be with them at all times? ___________________________________
Read Mark 16:15.
Where were the disciples to go? _______________________________________
What were they told to share? _________________________________________
2. JESUS SETS THE EXAMPLE
Read Matthew 4:19.
When Jesus was with His disciples, what did He tell them to do? _______________.
Why should they follow Him? ___________________________________________
What were they to become if they obeyed Him? ____________________________
What does that mean? _______________________________________________
Read Acts 1:8.
What did Jesus say would give them power? ______________________________
How did He describe the role they would play? _____________________________
Where were they to go? ______________________________________________
These geographic locations could be compared to your spheres of influence . Write
these places are for you personally:
1. Your School (Jerusalem):
2. Your City (Judea): __________________________________________________
3. Your State (Samaria): _______________________________________________
4. A Foreign Country (Ends of the Earth): __________________________________
3. HOW TO CARRY OUT THE PLAN
Read John 1:40-42.
What did Andrew do to follow Gods game plan?
How could you today bring someone to Jesus? _____________________________
Read Mark 5:1-19.
What did Jesus tell the man, once possessed by demons, how he could follow
Gods game plan?
4. YOUR ROLE IS VITAL
As a Christian, you personally know God. You also know many people who need to know God,
too. Your role as a follower of Jesus and a witness of His truth is vital in winning
people to God.
Take a moment to write down six friends who need to hear how to know God
1 _________________________________ 2._________________________________
Brainstorm and write down some creative ways you can share Christ with your