Conversations About Mentoring

Conversations About Mentoring

Conversations about mentoring

Titus 2:1-8 As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.

Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.

In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.

Paul’s intent in sharing this with Titus (and now with us) is that he wanted to promote AND protect the Christian faith by making sure that:

  • the practice
  • the belief
  • the behaviors were in line with Scripture.

He could see and understand, that without the older and wiser helping to come alongside the younger, it would be easy for God’s Truth to become diluted and potentially disregarded.

The encouragement in Sunday’s message was a challenge for us to have someone who is a few steps ahead of us on their spiritual journey, while also reaching out to someone who is a few steps behind us.

Self-assessment:

For those of you who are older men….. would others describe you as:

  • Someone who exercises self-control
  • Worthy of respect
  • One who lives wisely

For those of you who are older women. would someone describe you as:

  • Someone who honors God
  • One who does not slander others and is not a heavy drinker
  • Someone who teaches others what is good

For those of you who are younger adults….

  • Are you being intentional to live wisely?
  • Are you pursuing the wisdom and life experience of others older than you?

According to Proverbs, we ALL should be on a mission to gain and seek wisdom and knowledge (See Proverbs 1:1-7).

Action steps:

  1. Consider someone who you respect and who may be a few steps ahead of you in their spiritual life who you can invite to become a potential mentor.
  2. If you don’t already have natural connections for potential mentors, we do have opportunities within the church where you can involve yourself to begin making some of those connections.
    1. Stephen Ministry
    2. Marriage Mentors for premarital counseling
    3. FBI
    4. HUGS
    5. Women’s studies
    6. Men’s studies
  1. OR, if you need some help, make an appointment to come meet with one of the pastoral team members, who may be able to help you brainstorm ways to take steps.

Resources on Mentoring:

Remember to leave a comment about someone you consider to be a mentor to you in the comments section below. We will be drawing two winners Friday morning for $10 Starbucks gift cards!

Praying that you will discover new insights and renewed desire to continue to grow in your faith and/or help others to grow!

Scott Tilley

Message Title: Life Together
Series: Conversations About Mentoring
Message Date: April 26, 2015
Speaker: Scott Tilley

 

 

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