Why Mentorship?

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Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV), “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Purpose of Mentorship:

 

1. Mentorship:

 

a. It is basically “training” or “discipleship”

b. We see ‘mentorship” being done in the secular world:

i. Corporations

1. Employees training employees

ii. Athletic Institutions

 

1. Coaches training athletes to reach their potential

2. Personal trainers – In the Big Loser show, a competitor shared how he needs a mentor to help him stay in shape!

iii. Academic Institutions:

 

1. Faculty training students to become professionals

iv. Military Institutions:

 

1. Military personnel training recruits to become valiant soldiers

v. How about in God’s Church?

 

1. Ephesians 4:8 (ESV) says…”(8) When He ascended on high, He led a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men…

a. What were those gifts?

b. The answer is found in verse 11…

2. Ephesians 4:11-13 (ESV) goes on to say…. “(11) And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists (Gospel preachers), the shepherds (pastors) and teachers (mentors), (12) to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, (13) until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ

 

a. Why did He give these gifts? These leaders?

 

i. To equip the saints to do the works they were created to do in Christ (Ephesians 2:10)

ii. So that they may build up the Body of Christ

iii. So that there may be unity in faith

iv. So that their be knowledge of Christ (not only intellectual, but transformational knowledge)

v. So that the saints may mature!

2. The purposes of Mentorship is:

 

a. To fulfill the Great Commission:

i. Go make disciples: By?

ii. Baptize them (preaching the gospel implied): Then what?

iii. Teach them to observe all My commandments

b. To bring Christians to maturity in their faith by:

 

i. Teaching them to be effective soul winners

 

1. By teaching them different ways to approach people

2. By sharing with them some opening lines they can use

3. By teaching them how to share the gospel

a. Pray for effectiveness (Acts 4:24-31)

b. Teach with humility (2Tim. 2:14 – not quarrel, be kind, gentle)

c. Teach them to teach the gospel (2Tim. 2:14 – able to teach)

4. The mentor is their role model (1Cor. 11:1; Phil. 3:17)

ii. Teaching them to be effective teachers of the Word

 

1. Knowing the Word helps to recognize false teachings that creep in

2. Develops their spiritual gifts (raise leaders)

iii. Teaching them to be effective doers of the Word

 

1. The Christian needs to learn that Bible study is for transformation, not just information

a. In areas of speech (Ephesians 4:29)

b. In areas of relationships, especially with the singles (1Thess. 4:3-7)

c. In areas of work (Col. 3:22-23)

i. Respect towards their bosses / co-workers

ii. Doing their job as if they were working for Jesus (vs. 23)

iii. Treat your job as a mission field (reach out to the lost)

d. In prayer (Luke 11:1 – Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his…)

i. Who do you address? The Father

ii. What to pray for (government, the lost, others, self) 

c. Other benefits:

 

i. Mentors produce mentors so that they in turn, can make disciples and fulfill Matthew 28:19-20 in their lives

ii. Christians develop a deeper appreciation for Christ

1. Deeper prayer life

2. Deeper worship

iii. Create an environment where struggles can be shared (James 5:16)

iv. Develop close relationships within the Body of Christ

1. Jesus said by your love for each other, will men know that you are my disciples (John 13:35)

v. Serves as a warning tool for the leaders when trouble comes into the fold

vi. Can prevent complacency due to lack of personal relationships and motivation

d. Ultimate goal:

Luke 6:40 (ESV), “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.”

 

During these stressful times, we want to offer our prayers and encouragement to any who are interested. Our leaders are available to help, please let us know by emailing info@nulllicoc.org.