Naringal Baptist Church

The Light of Christ to our rural community

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3836 Cobden Warrnambool Road Naringal

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Mentoring Series Pt. 7 - Esther and Mordecai - Malcolm Ward

Esther and Mordecai

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Esther 2:5-11, 4:6-17

Esther 4:15-16(NIV): Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

 

Mordecai adopted his younger cousin Esther after she became an orphan. He cared for her as his own. But there came a day when she needed to be challenged rather than comforted. Mordecai:

· Nurtured Esther - Esther 2:7, Matthew 7:11

· Guided Esther - Esther 2:10-11, Proverbs 19:20, Psalm 16:11

· Rebuked Esther - Esther 4:14-16, Matthew 16:21-23

 

A wise mentor knows when to comfort and when to challenge.

Are you willing to be challenged?

Are you willing to challenge others?

 

Hebrews 12:7-11(NIV): Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline —then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

 

Mentoring Series Pt. 6 - Saul & David - Malcolm Ward

Saul & David

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1 Samuel 24

1 Samuel 24:16-17(NIV): 'When David finished saying this, Saul asked, “Is that your voice, David my son?” And he wept aloud. “You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.'

 

Saul was in a position to mentor David, but his insecurities meant that the lesson for us is how not to mentor. David shows us how to respect our Elders, even when they fail us.

· Saul envied David - 1 Samuel 18:12, 1 Samuel 24:1-2, John 3:30

· David honoured Saul - 1 Samuel 24:10, 1 Peter 2:16-19

 

Have you been disillusioned by a mentor’s failures?

Have you been threatened by a mentee’s successes?

“We need to lower our expectations of people and raise our expectation of God.”

 

John 15:5(NIV):  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Psalm 23:1-3(NIV): The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

 

Mentoring Series Pt. 5 - Eli & Samuel - Malcolm Ward

Eli & Samuel

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1 Samuel 3

1 Samuel 3:19-20(NIV): The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord.

 

Eli was an old man, apparently a widower, when the infant boy Samuel was placed in his care. Under Eli’s care, Samuel grew up knowing the Lord. Eli:

· Nurtured Samuel - v1-3, Matthew 19:13-15

· Directed Samuel to God - v8-9, Proverbs 22:6

· Listened to Samuel - v15-18, Matthew 21:14-16

 

We are never too old to mentor those following us. Also, we should value the wisdom of old age.

Psalm 92:12-15(NIV): The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him. ”

 

Mentoring Series Pt. 4 - Naomi & Ruth - Sandra Lee Ludeman

Mentoring Series Pt. 3 - Moses & Joshua - Malcolm Ward

Moses & Joshua

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Numbers 27:12-23

Numbers 27:18-20(NIV): So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him. Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence. Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him.

 

Moses led the Israelites for 40 years, with Joshua as his understudy. Moses mentored Joshua and prepared him well to be his successor. Moses:

· Encouraged Joshua - Exodus 17:8-16, Luke 5:2-11

· Included Joshua - Exodus 24:12-14, Exodus 33:9-12, Matthew 17:1-8

· Commissioned Joshua - Numbers 27:18-19, Matthew 28:18-20

 

Jesus prepared the Disciples to be his witnesses.

Moses prepared Joshua to succeed him.

Who are you training?

What are you teaching?

Luke 6:39-40(NIV): He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

Mentoring Series Pt. 2 - Jesus & Peter - Malcolm Ward

Mentoring Series Overview

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When Jesus chose the 12 Disciples and spent 3 years training them, he gave us a wonderful example of how to prepare and equip people for ministry. Each local Church is called by God to disciple the next generation as Jesus did.

 

Matthew 28:18-20(NIV): Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

Of course, Jesus’ discipleship was perfect, so there’s always room for improvement. At Naringal Church, the Elders are committed to doing discipleship better – hence our emphasis this year on mentoring. Two questions for each of us:

1. Who are you mentoring?

2. Who’s mentoring you?

 

This Term our sermons will divert from the Kid’s Alive curriculum, so that we can focus on examples of mentoring found in Scripture. Let’s learn more about how to “spur one another on.”

Proverbs 27:17(NIV): As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Hebrews 10:23-25(NIV): Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Jesus & Peter

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Matthew 16:13-28

Matthew 16:17-19(NIV): Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

 

Jesus was the greatest mentor ever. He discipled Peter for 3 years, and prepared him for his ministry, which helped establish the church. Jesus:

· Inspired Peter - Matthew 4:18-20, Matthew 16:15-16

· Encouraged Peter - Matthew 4:19, Matthew 16:18-19, Matthew 14:25-29

· Challenged Peter - Matthew 14:30-31, Matthew 16:21-24, Acts 2:14, 40-41

 

We all need Jesus as our ultimate mentor, but let’s help each other as we follow him together.

John 4:18-20(NIV): As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

Mentoring Series Pt 1 - Bearing much fruit - Malcolm Ward

Mentoring Series Overview

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When Jesus chose the 12 Disciples and spent 3 years training them, he gave us a wonderful example of how to prepare and equip people for ministry. Each local Church is called by God to disciple the next generation as Jesus did.

 

Matthew 28:18-20(NIV): Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

Of course, Jesus’ discipleship was perfect, so there’s always room for improvement. At Naringal Church, the Elders are committed to doing discipleship better – hence our emphasis this year on mentoring. Two questions for each of us:

1. Who are you mentoring?

2. Who’s mentoring you?

 

This Term our sermons will divert from the Kid’s Alive curriculum, so that we can focus on examples of mentoring found in Scripture. Let’s learn more about how to “spur one another on.”

Proverbs 27:17(NIV): As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Hebrews 10:23-25(NIV): Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Bearing Fruit

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John 15:1-8

John 15:8(NIV): 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

 

Just as God told Adam and Eve “be fruitful and multiply”, Jesus tells us “to bear much fruit.” We do that by:

· Remaining in the vine (Jesus Christ) - v4, John 10:10

· Becoming one of the branches (local church) - v5, Matthew 16:18

· Bearing fruit (contributing) - v8, John 15:12-14

· Cutting off the old (denying self) - v2a, Matthew 18:8-9

· Pruning the new (spiritual growth) - v2b, Hebrews 10:24-25

 

Bearing much fruit takes great commitment and self-discipline, but the reward is “life in all its fullness.” It’s what God created us to do.

John 15:16(NIV): You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.