Peer Group Mentoring

If you have a group of 2-4 people who have been through the Growing Disciple Lessons, this is a great next step. Peer Group Mentoring is ideal for a group where there is no clear leader, but there are 2-4 people of the same gender eager to grow as disciples of Jesus. The group is centered around four key practices. Each practice has been proven over time to be catalytic in bearing spiritual fruit in and through us. The practices make up the acronym CORE and are:

CORE:

C= Confession
O= Others
R= Reading
E= Encouragement

**This guide is adapted from content by Neil Cole & Jon Tyson**

The following 4 steps can be done in a 1 hour weekly meeting with 3-4 people. Suggested time allotments are included. We are also factoring in 10 minutes or so on the front end for relational connection. 

Confession (10 min):

Background: In our city, it is easy to be live hidden lives where we are unaccountable to others. In this environment, habits and patterns can set in that while promising fulfillment, keep us in bondage. Thus confession is a gift that brings freedom, healing and life that bears good fruit. 

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:15-16

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:8-10

Put it Into Practice: Prayerfully, read over the following Scriptures  and then share areas where confession of sin is needed: 

Galatians 5.19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

Sample Confession: “This week I have had several outbursts of anger with my kids. I confess that and repent. Lord please forgive me and heal me, help me to be a man marked by kindness.”

Others (10 Min): 

Background: The Others practice is is about making what is paramount to Jesus paramount to us: pursuing the lost. One of the core values of our church is that found people find people. As Jesus has found us, so he calls us to be apart of "finding" others.

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10

Jesus said that he came to seek and save the lost, and we see him moved with deep compassion for those far from God. Often we feel inadequate to share the gospel, or don’t even know where to start. 

The goal of this section is to help you identify a person or people  to whom God is leading you, and to pray for that person to come to know Christ. We cannot, and should not, coerce or manipulate people, but we do believe the Holy Spirit works through the prayers of the people of God draw the lost to Jesus.

The prayers listed are all based on scripture, and designed to be a starting point, not a formula. Along with prayer, we hope that you will see where God is moving in their life, and step out in love, faith, and obedience.

  1. I pray, Lord, that You draw __________ to Yourself (John 6:44).
  2. I pray that __________ seeks to know You (Acts 17:27).
  3. I pray that __________ hears and believes the Word of God (1 Thess. 2:13).
  4. I ask You to prevent Satan from blinding ____ to the truth (2 Cor. 4:4; 2 Tim. 2:25-26).
  5. Holy Spirit, I ask You to convict __________ of his/her sin and reveal his/her need for Christ’s redemption. 6. I ask You to send someone who will share the Gospel with __________ (Matt. 9:37-38).
  6. I also ask that You give me (and/or my fellow disciple) the opportunity, the courage, and the right words to share the truth with __________ (Col. 4:36; Eph. 6:19-20).
  7. Lord, I pray that __________ turns from his/her sin (Acts 17:3031; 1 Thess. 1:9-10).
  8. Lord, I pray that __________ would put all of his/her trust in Christ (John 1:12; 5:24).
  9. Lord, I pray that __________ will confess Christ as Lord of his/her life, take root and grow in his/her faith, and bear much fruit for Your glory (Rom. 10:910; Col. 2:67; Luke 8:15). 

Put It Into Practice: 

  • Who has God called you to share Christ with?
  • Have you been loving and prayerful for ________ this week?
  • Have you sensed God bringing you opportunities to love and share?
  • What specific step will you take this week to influence ______ towards Jesus?
  • Spend time praying together for the people God is putting on your heart.

Reading (15 Min):

Reading and reflecting on the Scriptures has a powerful effect on our lives. 

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.  Psalm 1

As a group, we encourage you to commit to reading and reflecting on large chunks of Scripture- whole books or whole sections of the Bible and then sharing with one another what you learned or were reminded of.  As a group you can choose to read a book of the Bible or portion of Scripture (example, our group is going to read the Sermon on the Mount once a day for 31 days in January), or do individual reading plans. 

When you come to the group, discuss how it went and what you learned.

Put it Into Practice: 

Discussion Questions

  • Tell us about your reading this week?
  • What stood out to you in this week’s reading?
  • Where were you convicted in this week’s reading? 
  • Where were you encouraged in this week’s reading?

Encouragement (10 min):

Everyone needs encouragement. As followers of Jesus, one of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to encourage believers. We want to be a group of encouragement and ministry of the Holy Spirit. 

1 Corinthians 14 tells us about the power of ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives, “3 But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.” We want to take specific time to listen to Jesus in prayer and to encourage one another for the purpose of building each other up. 

Put It Into Practice:

  • Take time to wait on the Lord and share any encouragements you got.