disciple making skill #4

4Skill #4: Mentoring people of peace to help their circles discover God in the word of God and respond to him in obedience.

This skill requires us to become conscious about things that seem natural to us, so that others can become competent in things that seem difficult to them.

Mentoring people of peace begins by showing them what to do. This is what Paul and Silas did for the jailer in Philippi (Acts 16:16-34).

They only had 8 hours…

After the earthquake, Paul and Silas had from midnight to daylight to mentor the jailer, during which time they also needed to eat and get cleaned up. They responded to this challenge by showing the jailer three ways to help his circle discover and respond to God.

Paul and Silas showed the jailer to help his circle:

  • Discover God in “the word of the Lord” (32a)
  • Discover God in community (32b)
  • Respond to God in the obedience of baptism (33)

And then they were gone!

The jailer probably never forgot what he learned by watching Paul and Silas. However, he still needed more mentoring to effectively help his circle discover and respond to God.

Your turn:

  1. Paul and Silas showed the jailer what to do. What other kinds of mentoring did the jailer need?
  2. How are you mentoring people of peace to help their circles discover and respond to God?
  3. What is so obvious to you that you might forget to explain it them?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!


See an overview of all five disciple making skills HERE.

 

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