The Ridge Church
Bible Study Outline for 9:00 a.m. July 14, 2019.
Locations & Times
  • The Ridge Church
    7350 Old Hwy 13, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 9:00 AM
Mentoring: How to Equip and Encourage Others
The Point

Someone helped you grow in Christ; do the same for someone else.
The Bible Meets Life

Mentoring is nothing new. Businesses benefit when someone with experience walks alongside and trains someone with less experience. Some industries refer to masters and apprentices. But mentoring goes back to the earliest days of the church. It’s called discipleship: one believer walking alongside another to help him or her grow in Christ. We all need mentors, and we all have the opportunity and privilege to help someone else grow. God can use us to help others grow in Christ.
The Setting

Paul wrote 2 Timothy from a Roman prison. He apparently already had been or shortly would be condemned to death at the hands of notorious Roman Emperor Nero. This last known letter of the apostle was directed toward his friend, son in the faith, and protégé, Timothy. Paul sought to pass along to the young preacher many pastoral instructions and guidelines. He did by written word what he had done so intentionally through the years—mentored one who would take his place.
What’s something interesting you learned to do because someone showed you how?
When has someone gone out of their way to encourage or strengthen your spiritual growth?

How does mentoring go beyond the simple transmission of information?
When have you seen difficult seasons of life create opportunities to encourage others?

Why is it important to share both the ups and downs of life with those you mentor?
What helps you to stay grounded in God’s Word?

What practical steps do you need to take to be a mentor for someone else?

When has someone shared God’s Word with you in a way that changed your direction?
Live It Out

Pray for help. Ask God for someone who might help and mentor you in the faith. Keep your eyes open for a potential mentor.

Spend time with someone. Invite someone to share a meal with you. Share your testimony and learn more about the other person. Trust the Lord in whether that meeting will begin a mentoring relationship.

Plan to meet. Make a commitment to meet regularly (at least twice per month) with someone. If you need help in the mentoring process, read Mentor by Chuck Lawless.
Wrap It Up

Someone invested time and resources to help you in your walk with Christ. Even though there is still room for growth, we should seek to love and pour all we have learned into someone else’s life.