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What Are You Waiting For Notes Lesson 1


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What Are You Waiting For Notes Lesson 1

  2. 2. Lesson Plan #1 Mentoring with a Mission-Why should I find a mentor and what difference can she make? Lesson’s Big idea/objective: As a result of this class session, students will: Realize their need for a mentor Understand what mentoring is, based on biblical examples. Be able to seek out a mentor who has the same mindset and expectations of a mentoring relationship. Quadrant 1: Connecting with the Learning and helping them to Attend to the Meaning, Establishing Why: approximately 5-10 minutes Give each student a piece of paper and ask them to write out the answers to these questions: 1. Take a moment and think about your life, are there any big questions or issues you are wondering about or struggling with? What are they? Do you have life figured out? Who do you talk to about these issues? 2. What does your personal relationship with Christ look like? Are there any areas you really want to grow in your walk? 3. Is there anyone outside of your family that you talk to about these things? What would it look like to be able to weekly share life with someone who has been there? 4. If you had a relationship like this, what would it look like? What type of woman would you like to meet with? What character qualities would you like her to have? What were your answers to these questions? Most likely you came to the conclusion that having someone else in your life to talk to and grow with would be beneficial. The question you may have now is what does this look like? How do you find a mentor? Quadrant 2: 15-20 min Share my story briefly What is mentoring: “Each of us fervently wants someone to see us exactly as we are, warts and all, and still accept us.” -Understanding People p 112 “Some people call it self-esteem. Others say self-worth. Whatever it is—it is the feeling of significance deep inside us that is crucial to our emotional, spiritual, and social stability. Everyone wants to be happy and successful, and to regard himself or herself as a worthwhile human being. What’s so bad about that?” -The Search For Significance student edition p. 5
  3. 3. An effective discipleship group is Christ-centered and lifts high the word of God. Its leader knows Christ personally and lives up to the responsibility she is given with God’s help. She builds relationships among the girls that go the distance, bonds that last a lifetime. Growing Godly Women p. 55 The word “disciple” is very important biblically. Although the term “Christian” is most often used in our current age to describe one who professes allegiance to Christ, it is used only three times in the Bible and is never defined within it. In fact, every occurrence is a reference to what those outside the church called those who follow Jesus. On the other hand, “disciple” is used nearly 300 times. As the term of choice of Jesus and those who were committed to him, it is quite will defined, as we will soon see” The Greek text in Matthew 28:19 literally says, “going, therefore, disciple (a verb) all the nations.” The rest of the verse makes it clear that “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” is a part of the discipling process. Thus, a “discipling” relationship is one in which a disciple helps another person to become more obedience to Jesus in attitude, life-style and mission. Discipling p. 14 “Spiritual formation, education of the heart, in other words, requires something more than traditional Western forms of instruction. It requires a mentorship of the heart, a relationship with a teacher of life who is able to convey . . . a way of life that is formed, not merely instructions that are given. It requires a life shared by people who have learned that spiritual music is sung in its own way. To educate the heart requires learning that frees the imagination, prepares ears to listen, focuses eyes to look with attentiveness; it requires an open heart.” (Reese & Anderson, Spiritual Mentoring, p. 17) Let’s Highlight the most important parts of these statements -involves focusing on Christ -building obedience toward Christ -spending time with others/building relationships -acceptance of each other where you are Ruth and Naomi Take some time and jot down 5-10 characteristics you would want someone who mentors you to have. If someone pops into your mind and fits the bill for this write out their name. Often times when we think of a mentor we think of someone who is seemingly perfect and has it all together. I’m going to give you a brief portrait from Scripture of what a real life mentor can look like. Someone read Ruth 1:1-5 What are some highlights of Ruth’s live that you noticed in this passage?
  4. 4. Naomi was a foreigner in a foreign land who had lost both her sons and her husband. This is a woman who had experience. I’m sure she felt disillusionment, heartbreak and we know she felt bitter. But something about her life, the way she lived it and walked through these trials expressed who God is. Read Ruth 1:8-14 What are some highlights of this passage the indicate the preciousness of the relationship between Naomi and Ruth. Note both Ruth and Naomi’s responses. We see that both of Naomi’s Daughters-in-law wept at the thought of leaving her, something about the proximity of this relationship, the closeness the felt with one another made these women extremely sad to want to leave. We see that though Naomi urged her to go Ruth refused and exclaimed that Naomi’s God and her people were now her own as well. Again, something about who Naomi was, how she related to her daughters-in-law and lived out her trials made Ruth want to stay with her and identify herself with the Naomi’s God and people. Read Ruth 1:19-22 What do you note about Naomi in this passage? What characteristics would you assign her? Naomi was not perfect, this is good news because no woman is, and no mentor will be. She had been broken and disappointed. She described herself as bitter. Yet something about her life and her God called to Ruth. At the end of the day it wasn’t just about Ruth it was about her God and her steadfast relationship with Him. It was about her willingness to stay in relationship with Ruth, albeit a reluctant willingness. Read 2:1-3:18 It was about Naomi’s willingness to -See Ruth as her daughter and treat her like family -give her godly advice and walk beside her through life Because of the willingness of both women Ruth and Naomi became part of Davids lineage which then became part of Christ’s. This is the story of 1 woman seeking relationship 1 woman connected to God
  5. 5. And 2 women committed to walk together through life. Take a moment and pray. Are you a woman who is seeking a deeper relationship with God and perhaps could use a relationship with a mentor? Let’s take some time to work through the process of seeking and asking a mentor. Quadrant 3: 5-10 min Have girls pair up or team up and dream about mentoring relationships. What do you want in a mentor? What would your expectations be of this person? What would your expectations be for yourself? Who will you ask? How will you ask? What will you do if she says no? Do you have someone else in mind? Pray for one another about this possibility. Pray that God would bring to mind a lady and that He would prepare her heart now. Pray that you would be able connect with her and that God would lead you in this relationship. Quadrant 4: 5 min 1. How might this idea of mentoring affect your ability to navigate through life? 2. How can you help other’s to become mentors (finding someone to be your own, or mentoring the younger generation?) 3. Summarize why mentoring is important and what place it can have in your life? What would it look like in your life and what difference would it make?