Passages - Week 4: The Mentor

Priority Connections

Day 5

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”Hebrews 10:25

Relationships matter. They provide the context for spiritual growth. Believers need an environment that is relationally rich. There are three primary connections:

  1. A spiritual mentor to encourage and guide.
  2. A group of believing friends to relate.
  3. A community of believers to belong.

Believers need at least two out of the three connections to foster healthy growth. The ideal environment is, of course, all three. Little growth can be expected when a believer is functioning with only one of the connections and an isolated believer is in trouble.We need to check our own environment first. Are we connecting with other believers?Then, as mentors for others, we can help them make the connections they need.


Like babies, believers are born into a family.

Take a Step

Reflect on the relational connections of the newer believers you know...

Which of the three priority connections appear to be missing? What steps can you take to encourage these connections?


Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

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