When becoming a Christian, you become a new person. You leave behind your old way of doing things and find yourself being transformed by God’s Spirit to live a radically new life!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
Even so, most of us need help understanding how to live the life God offers. God recognizes that we need help in order to grow. One method He uses is mentoring or discipleship. Mentoring occurs when a more mature Christian trains and teaches others who are less mature. When we are new in the faith, we are often considered to be “baby Christians” and constantly have need to lean on others to grow. If we have been “slow to learn,” we need to be moved from feeding on milk to feeding on meat or solid food. Helping to make that transition is a significant role of a mentor.
“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
— The Greek word for “disciple” is mathetes, which means “a learner.”
— The derivative word math originally meant “to teach, learn or disciple.”
— The Greek word for “mentor” is didaskalos, which means “teacher.”
— The goal of the mathetes (student) is to be like the teacher.
— The carpenter’s mathetes (apprentice) learns his carpentry by example and experience.
“A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”
… not just teaching, but training
… not just facts, but philosophy
… not just formality, but fellowship
… not just information and transformation
… not just learning, but living
… not just parroting the teacher and perpetuating
“Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
2 Timothy chapter 2