Matthew 28.18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
As a church family, we want to respond to this call of Jesus to go and make disciples. We recognize the important part that intentional mentoring has to play in the discipleship process! These resources have been collected to help you in your mentoring efforts.
If you have a friend, coworker, neighbor, classmate with who you are wanting to share the Gospel with and help them explore Christianity, the following resource have proven helpful.
1. Gospel Appointments- This gives a practical step by step way to set up a time to share Christ with someone.
2. 3 Circles Gospel Presentation- If you are looking for a simple way to share the Gospel, we recommend the three circles method.
3. Gospel Reading- One pathway that has proved fruitful for us, has been having those exploring Christianity to read one of the Gospels and to meet and talk about it. You can do this either by reading a few chapters a week, or read an entire Gospel and then come together to talk more.
4. The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel- Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates who are specialists in the areas of old manuscripts, textual criticism, and biblical studies. Strobel challenges them with questions like; How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?
Establishing A Mentoring Relationship:
Starting a mentoring relationship is awesome! If you have never initiated something like that before, we recommend this teaching series from Pastor Robert Herber on Christian mentoring.
Message 1: Make Disciples
Message 2: Finding Your First Disciple
Message 3: It Matters Where You Are Looking
Message 4: Beginning a Discipleship Relationship
Message 5: Its All About Loving People
Message 6: Prayer is the Key
Mentoring a New Christian:
If you are mentoring a new Christian, the following resources can be helpful in that process
1. The Blue Book- This series of topical discipleship lessons is designed for new Christians to gain understanding and take action in following Jesus. You can also get this for free in app form on the app store.
2. Gospel of Mark Study- Read through the Gospel of Mark together, share what you are learning. Use Tim Keller's Jesus the King as a reading companion.
3. Purpose Driven Life: This book by Pastor Rick Warren, is a 40 day learning plan for new Christians as they begin their relationship with Christ.
Mentoring A Growing Disciple:
Dallas is an interesting place. According to recent surveys, 87% of Dallas self identifies as Christian, but only 43% practice their faith. Additionally, 50% believe that it is good works that makes one right with God and 40% believe that Jesus sinned. All that to say, in Dallas "Christian" at a fundamental level means a lot of different things to a lot of different people!
As a church family, we want to be intentional about modeling and communicating what authentic discipleship to Jesus looks like. And for most people we work with, we will be beginning with some basic background knowledge for better or worse about Jesus, church, faith etc. Thus the following resources are a great place to start with someone who identifies as a Christian, but is taking beginning steps in authentic discipleship. It is also a great place to start a new mentoring relationship for Christians of all levels of maturity. It corresponds with the basic values of our church as well.
1. Core Strength - This is a framework for doing a discipleship group of peers. It assumes that there is a basic framework for understanding the Christian faith and a basic desire to walk as an authentic disciple of Jesus. The tool focuses on 4 spiritual practices that over time bear extraordinary fruit. They are C=Confession, O=Others, R=Reading, E=Encouragement.
2. Deep & Wide Framework - This is a framework for doing 1 on 1 mentoring or a mentoring group to grow maturing disciples both deep in their relationship with Jesus and wide in their impact. Recommended reading for going deep and wide is found here.
3. Spiritual Gift Mentoring - The New Testament teaches that all believers have been given spiritual gifts for works of service in the mission of Jesus. The Spiritual Gift Mentoring Framework is designed to help you mentor someone either one on one or in a small group in the area of a particular spiritual gift.
4. Discipleship Coaching- There is a time for laying a foundation of new knowledge in the life of a disciple, as well as a time for beginning to implement going both deep in Christ and wide in impact, and there is also a time, where the focus of mentoring is on coaching a disciple as they implement what they already know. Our Discipleship Coaching resource is a great tool in the coaching process.