Fundamentals of Biblical Discipleship Part 4: Spheres of mentoring:
Pastor to layman part 4
Fourthly, Paul commanded Timothy to mentor by means of exhortation. I love the word “exhort” used in this passage. The word is the same word used in Romans 12:1 when Paul besought the Christians in Rome to present their bodies a living sacrifice to God, and in John 14 and 16, when the Holy Spirit is called the “Comforter.” This is the noun form of the verb used in II Timothy 4. When we think about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, it should provide a parallel understanding to our responsibility and ministry of pastoral mentoring. The Holy Spirit uses His inspired word to convert and convict. The word translated “reprove: here is also translated comfort, pray, and entreat in a number of other contexts. The Spirit is very similar to a coach who comes alongside us and encourages and presses us into the right direction, and ultimately toward spiritual maturity and Christ-likeness. His ministry is similar to ours. We are to mentor like a coach who comes alongside our brother in Christ with the word of God and teach, encourage, and exhort our brother so he will grow in spiritual maturity and Christ-likeness. I ask you how are you exercising this role as mentor in the Christ’s church as His under-shepherd for His glory?