Fundamentals of Biblical Discipleship Part 4: Spheres of mentoring:
Pastor to layman conclusion
I close with this thought from II Timothy 3:16-17. The inspired word is: “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” As a coach is responsible to prepare his team to compete in the athletic realm, so the pastoral mentor prepares his disciples to go out and do as he has done with them, disciple others. Coaches put their athletes through grueling practices and drilling to develop discipline, skill, and mental approach to competition. They encourage their athletes and work them in order to properly equip them to compete at their very best. They come alongside their athletes and encourage and inspire them as they go through a long grueling season, so they can obtain a corruptible prize, a national or state title. The pastoral mentor works in much the same way. He labors in the word, teaching, preaching, exhorting, and confronting, that the believer might obtain an incorruptible prize at the Judgment Seat of Christ. He labors so those whom he loves and mentors will grow in maturity through the word that brings men to spiritual maturity and Christ-likeness. Biblical doctrine lays a foundation for all thinking and Christian practice. Biblical reproof brings conviction that we have done wrong. Biblical correction provides a means of restoration when we have done wrong. And Biblical instruction in righteousness trains us like a child who is disciplined, nurtured, and taught principles that lay the foundation for all wise decision making. God’s word with its multifaceted ministry to the believer provides the all sufficient catalyst for Spiritual growth. Paul commanded Timothy his son in the faith “to commit the things he learned to faithful men who would be able to teach others also.” We need this form of pastoral mentoring to be the norm, not the exception. May I challenge God’s people, both those who are mentored and those who are mentoring, to be busy in the work of pastoral discipleship!