Summary: Mentoring is desperately needed in the modern church.
A Hole in Our Soul
Introduction: I want to speak on a very important biblical topic that has become a buzz word recently in secular circles. The word is Mentor. I have recently seen two different commercials on TV in which stars like "Monica" from "Touched by an Angel" encourage people to become a mentor. She doesn’t explain what a mentor is, or tell you how to become a mentor. She only appeals for the TV audience to become one. The term "mentor" is not found in the Bible, and because secular people are using it Christians may dismiss it as a secular concept. However, the truth is that it is a major Bible issue, but because it is so tightly woven within the frame work of the Bible and the culture of that day we may overlook it. It is simply someone who is more experienced helping someone who is less experienced succeed in life. It is the concept behind the "Big Brother" and "Big Sister" programs in our cities, in which a child lacking a parent is given a same sex adopted role model to help them through the growing up period of their lives. Dr. James Dobson said in his book Parenting lsn’t for Cowards, `Attach a boy to a good man, and he seldom goes wrong." Dr. Terry
Wise defines mentoring as: "A relational experience in which one person empowers another by sharing God given resources." Jesus was the supreme mentor, and the way he went about it can be seen in the gospels. The Bible also records Moses mentoring Joshua; Naomi mentoring Ruth; Elijah mentoring Elisha; Elizabeth mentoring Mary; Barnabas mentoring Paul; Paul mentoring Timothy; and the list could go on and on. In Deuteronomy Moses gives the proper way to pass on principles, values, and experiences to the next generation. It is the same model Jesus used to disciple his followers in the New Testament. It is what I am going to call mentoring.
"See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, "Surely this great is a wise and understanding people." What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today? Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things that your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God as Horeb, when he said to me, "Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children." (Deut. 4:5-10)
God also told them how to do this teaching to their children, and it is found in Deuteronomy six