Passages - Week 4: The Mentor

Reality Check

Day 7

“Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.”Mark 4:16-17

When people receive Christ, their spiritual journey isn’t over. It is just beginning. But the road ahead won’t always be easy. There will be many dangers and obstacles along the way.

Jesus recognized that many who appeared to respond to the gospel would fail to persevere to maturity and fruitfulness. For some, it is because the road is too hard (Mark 4:16, 17). For others, the alternatives are too attractive (Mark 4:18, 19).

Young believers need the help and encouragement of others along their path. They need to understand the hardships ahead and to be encouraged to press on (Acts 14:21-23). That is why it is essential for mentors to guide and encourage them.


Following Jesus is not problem-free, but power-filled.

Take a Step

Memorize 1 Corinthians 10:13. Having this verse memorized helps equip you to encourage younger believers when they face various temptations. 

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”1 Corinthians 10:13


When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

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