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     The Church series we’ve been going through on Sunday mornings has been a great reminder of what the gathering of His people should mean for His people. It must be a beautiful thing for God to be able to look at this crazy mixed-up bunch of people in the local church working together for His Glory. One way of working together is discipleship, or mentoring.  Are you being mentored by someone? Are you mentoring someone?

We all have unique circumstances or sufferings that can be used to bond with others. Paul says as much in 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.  We are able to comfort others because we have been comforted by the Father of mercies. What better way to minister to our church family than to come along side someone who is suffering, and to share how our dependence on Him can comfort us.

What about your sin life? How life giving it is to bring sin to light, first to God, and then to a fellow brother or sister who can help you in the future.  If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet keep walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth (1 John 6). Has the Lord brought you out of sin that you can provide insight and wisdom to someone else?  

This is a challenge to all of us to be more involved with our church family. This will mean asking the tough questions.  It will mean a “How are you REALLY doing?”, not just a fleeting head shake as you pass by the pews. It will mean asking a brother or sister, “What sin are you struggling with, how can I pray for you?” Lastly, it will mean humbling yourself and answering the questions honestly.

Please pray that you as a mature Christian would volunteer to be a mentor to someone.  Please pray as a young believer in the faith, that you would have the boldness to ask someone to mentor you.

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