28-The Disciple As A Mentor Part 1

Day 28: The Disciple as a Mentor – Part 1 – The Foundation is Laid
An Intimate Walk with Jesus – A 30 Day Quiet Time Series
Text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Assignment: Make a list of the things that you see about yourself that show that you are great student to the person mentoring you.

Lesson To Learn: The necessary “practicals” every Christian should know in order to train others.

The Great Commission that Jesus left for all men states that they should make disciples who, in turn, would make other disciples. This is God’s simple plan to evangelize the world. As each new disciple grows in his faith, he will be able to help someone else to grow in his faith. In this way, the burden of maturing a fast-growing Church does not fall upon just a few men, but upon all. In the next three lessons, we will examine a few “practicals” that will help you to train younger Christians to grow in their faith. This lesson will examine the foundation that is necessary to have a great mentoring relationship.

1. II Timothy 3:16-17 – The basis for a mentoring relationship must be the Word of God. The Bible was given to us by God as a means of maturing every Christian in their faith. Do you use the Bible in your mentoring meetings? When you counsel a person, do you use the Bible as the basis of your advice?

2. II Corinthians 11:16-29 – One of the most inspirational ways to impact a person is to show them a great example. Paul was one of the greatest trainers of spiritual truths that ever lived. His ability to raise up men to preach and teach helped Christians in the first century to evangelize their generation. One of Paul’s greatest assets in impacting men was his example. We must lead the way for our people. We must show them the way to pray, study their Bibles, share their faith, raise their children, love their spouse, etc. Is the example you leave for those whom you mentor inspirational?

3. I Corinthians 1:1-3 – Paul had an incredible vision for the Corinthian Church, even though they were weak and sinful. He addressed them, in Greek, as “hagios” which translates to the word “saints” or “holy ones”. He inspired them with his love and vision. Do you believe in your disciples? Do you see them as doing great things for the Lord? Do you share with them what you can see them doing for God?

4. Acts 20:25-27 – Paul, in training the disciples, made sure he declared the whole will of God to them. He didn’t just train them in one aspect of Christianity but he focused on all areas. He wanted to raise up mature, well-rounded disciples. Make a list of the things you have been working on with those whom you mentor in helping them to grow and mature in the Lord.

5. I Corinthians 4:17 – Timothy was a great disciple. Because of this, it would be easy for Timothy to train others. There is an important spiritual principle at work here. You must be a great disciple in order to raise up other disciples. Instinctively, those whom you mentor will imitate your heart. If you are not a great disciple they will imitate that and then not be great disciples either. Are you frustrated with the people you are mentoring? Maybe the problem is that you need to become a better disciple yourself. Then those whom you mentor will follow your lead.

The foundation for an effective mentoring relationship is important in order to help those whom you mentor to grow the way God wants them to. Use your Bible in all your mentoring meetings. Show those whom you are mentoring a great and inspirational example that they can follow. Always have a vision for them and yourself. Teach them the whole will of God and always be a great disciple yourself. With these basics, you can help anyone to grow spiritually.

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