Recently a church member was asked, “Do you have a spiritual friend?” The reply…”I have a lot of spiritual friends”. Digging deeper, “Do you have a friend that is helping you move toward Christlikeness?” …?
Tim Keller, author of The Meaning of Marriage states “Spiritual friendship is eagerly helping one another know, serve, love and resemble God in deeper and deeper ways.”
Under the direction of Tim Holcomb, Brentwood Baptist has launched a campaign to encourage spiritual friendships among its membership. Defined in the recently published Mentor Relationship brochure, Spiritual Friendship is “a relationship between friends who focus on each other’s soul care and spiritual journey. Mutual love and respect spurs the other on to become what God wants them to be – with the end result being spiritual transformation. In short, it’s two friends, one direction, toward Christ”.
I am convinced that disciples are best make in relationships. Spiritual Friends, Mentors, Coaches, and Spiritual Directors are catalysts in one’s transformation. They play key roles in the spiritual development of individuals and groups. This does not diminish the work of the Holy Spirit or the power of God’s Word, but the Bible is filled with examples of people doing life together in movement toward God’s plan and purpose for their lives.
Our 2013 Mentor Relationships goal at Brentwood Baptist is for 2% of LIFE Group participants being involved in a mentor relationship with either a Spiritual Friend, Mentor, Coach, or Spiritual Director. So now what? LIFE Group leaders are encouraged to 1) Pick up a copy of the new Mentor Relationships brochure and familiarize themselves with the ministry strategy 2) Pray…Pray about being a Spiritual Friend, Mentor, Coach or Spiritual Director to a member of your group. Modeling is a powerful tool for making disciple making disciples. 3) Inform and encourage members of your group to engage in relationships that help them be formed, conformed and transformed into the image of Christ.
As you know, like a father with his own children, we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:11–12 (HCSB)
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