What Does It Mean to Be a Mentor for MOBIA? Through our lives the words of God have been all around us. We are present as a witness of God’s and Jesus presence calling all of us to let the Holy Spirit flow in us with the words of God. It is from his teachings that qualify you as a disciple of Jesus on this earth. As you step forward to be a servant leader you will enjoy the Lord’s gift of the Holy Spirit inside of each of you. For those who believe in Jesus and that have been saved from their sins will be forever blessed with all the tools of God as teachers of the word. To be a disciple has only the requirements of accepting the belief in God, dedication, commitment, and faith. Men, women, and youth became disciples on that glorious night when we were granted the Holy Spirit inside of each of us just by believing in Jesus. Jesus asked us to go forward when each of us were blessed with the Holy Spirit. This was when the Church was born with the people. It was disciples who had the blessings to teach people about Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. Your role as a mentor uses those same blessing to bring men and women into the Church of God. It is from the first time we meet a child of God who thirsts for the Holy Spirit and needs a guide to bring them closer. It is a known reality that no matter what age we discover the Holy Spirit in us is the time our lives are renewed with HOPE, PEACE, and JOY. MOBIA is dedicated to research the most relevant tools of resources that describe Jesus’s teachings, prophecy, and God’s Word. The knowledge from the tools is your supplement to your own love and relationship with God. It is by your discipleship lives are changed forever. Discipleship requires much from you. Steps to be a Mentor
Own your faith. After years of Bible study, mentoring, and investment, keep pursuing Jesus by practicing the spiritual disciplines and living a holy life. Sacrifice your resources. Many of you have already been sacrificing your time and money in significant ways. Invest in your people you serve by giving back to the men, women, and youth with a ministry that invested in you while you were gaining experience. Leverage your life. Whether you are single or recently married, begin your “adult” life investing your life in other people. Guard against isolating yourself in your own world (or in your own marriage, if married). Make other people a priority in your life by inviting them into yours. This includes your neighbors, the lost, younger believers, other couples, mentors, etc. Share meals, enjoy game-nights, host Bible studies, and mentor others for the sake of the gospel. The patterns you set now will travel with you for life—whether positively or negatively. Remember your training. A good mentor seeks to lead people to the gospel and train them to invest the gospel into others. Don’t be tempted to “move on” to other responsibilities of life—like going to work, paying bills, and raising a family from mentorship. Those things are important; and you should do them well. But don’t forget your Holy Spirit guides you to serve God. Although disciple-making looks different in different seasons of life, Jesus’ command transcends life-stages and marital statuses. So, don’t forget what’s been entrusted to you—keep making disciples!
Signs of a Healthy Mentor
INTRODUCING OTHERS TO JESUS Representing and proclaiming (i.e., evangelism) Christ in practical and real ways to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and others in our sphere of influence. Looking to BLESS people with the good news of Jesus Christ because of being deeply concerned about people who are missing the fullness of life in Christ. (Luke 19:10, John 20:21, John 3:18, Eph. 2:12, Rom 6:17)
PRAYING: OUR PRIMARY WORKEngaging in daily conversations with God that include praise, repentance, asking, and yielding and are a continual part of life. This includes listening and intercession individually, in community, and as a corporate body. Prayer is a transparent dialogue. It is a conversation with God in which we address Him and in quiet are addressed by Him. (John 15:5, Philippians 4:6-7)
STEWARDING RESOURCES GENEROUSLYUsing and managing well what God has given the individual and the church. This includes time, skills, gifts, and resources. It is recognizing that everything the disciple possesses belongs to God, whether little or much, so we are generous with these things out of gratefulness for His generosity toward us. Our giving is also joyful because our priority is to advance the Kingdom of God. (Luke 21:1-4)
KNOWING & OBEYING GOD’S WORDThe Word is the rule of life for the disciple. It is our foundation of knowing and understanding God and living the life we’ve been created to live. It is recognizing that the essence of Scripture is Jesus Christ Himself, our Savior and Lord. We worship Christ for who He is and what He has done, and thus choose to live in loving obedience. (James 1:22, Matt 28:20)COMPLETING THE GREAT COMMISSIONThe primary heartbeat of the disciple is the Great Commission. It involves praying, giving, and going - serving together to make disciples - both in our own backyard and to the ends of the earth. Nothing is more central to the purpose of the Church than this command of Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20)
DEPENDING ON THE HOLY SPIRIT’S EMPOWERINGThe Holy Spirit is the life and power of the effective, growing disciple. While requiring our active participation, the call of discipleship cannot be accomplished in our own strength. As we fully surrender, the Holy Spirit imparts everything necessary for an abundant and holy life in Christ. (Matt. 5:6, John 15:5, 1 Cor. 2:4-5, 1 Chron. 29:14)
TAKING FAITH-FILLED RISKSDiscipleship is not a spectator sport or a knowledge game. It is engaging in active living - our whole life directed by the Holy Spirit for the glory of the Father - out of obedience and love to Jesus Chris. It means following even when we don't understand or it doesn't make sense because we believe God is all-wise, in control, and always keeps His promises. (Hebrews 11:6a)
Mentors of Bethany in America does not approach the role of mentor lightly. Being a mentor was never meant to be an easy task but a rewarding journey with the help of the Holy Spirit already existing in each of us. True healing can only take place by an approach guided and governed by the lessons of Jesus Christ. As mentors use his footsteps of teaching and the tools he has granted us provides better outlooks in life for those who discover their own Holy Spirit within themselves.
Mentors of Bethany in America have been blessed with mentors who are changing lives one at a time with the help of the Holy Spirit. The servant leaders have benefited from the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives with their service to others. The MOBIA organization is appreciative of the dedication, commitment, and talents our mentors use to save lives. Mentors break new ground of relationships never experienced before in someone’s life.