Jesus Set the Standard
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.John 5:19
Jesus set the standard of how to live as a child of God – to KNOW the Father, to IMITATE Him and to FOLLOW His lead, SPEAKING His words and DOING what He says.
At Heroic this is our core belief , mission and passion! KNOW God! KNOW your Father. And follow Him.
Jesus’ Example of Mentorship
Lifting up His eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward Him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?”
He said this to test him, for He Himself knew what he would do.
Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.”John 6:5-7
Jesus preached and taught the crowds and the multitudes, but He mentored His 12 disciples, personally, and face to face.
Jesus asked Philip a question to test what he was thinking and what was in his heart.
New Covenant life is about God writing His ways and laws on our hearts and minds by His Word and His Holy Spirit.
Just because Philip knew Jesus, believed Jesus, and lived with Jesus, didn’t mean that He already UNDERSTOOD the spiritual things and UNDRESTOOD the things of the Father. By asking Philip questions, Jesus was able to make Philip aware of what he has accepted as truth in his heart – that it would be impossible to feed the people because they would need what amounted to more than a year’s wages! When Jesus subsequently demonstrated the provision and power of the Father, Philip must have started to think and learn something….
On another occasion in John 14, while Jesus was mentoring His diciples, Philip asked Jesus to show him the Father. Then Jesus confronted him, saying, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know Me, Philip? Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” And Jesus continued explaining to Philip (John 14:6-14).
A mentorship relationship is extremely powerful and effective as it is one on one conversations, teaching and ministry. And we see that it takes time. In John 14 it is evident that Jesus wondered why Philip still didn’t get it after being with Him for so long. Nevertheless, it is the purpose of mentorship – to help His student to “get it”.
Philip was an excellent student! In Acts 8 (after Jesus had ascended to heaven and after the outpour of the Holy Spirit) we read how Philip preached Christ in Samaria, helaing the sick and casting out demons, and people being filled with much joy in knowing the Lord and seeing His works! (Acts 8:4-8) Also in Acts 8, we read how Philip taught the Ethiopian eunuch, explaining to him a passage from the book of Isaiah. Philip was equipped to preach and teach because Jesus mentored him and he was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Furthermore, Philip excelled as he was supernaturally carried away by the Spirit of God after baptizing the eunuch! Makes me think that he DID learn something in John 6 when Jesus asked him how to feed the multitudes… He did learn something about Father God’s supernatural power. And in Acts 21:8-9 Philip (I think it’s the same Philip) was referenced as an evangelist, who had 4 unmarried daughters who prophesied. This also makes me think that not only did Philip excel in what the Lord instructed him to do, but he also mentored and equipped his daughters in Word and in the way and anointing of the working of the Holy Spirit.
Father God has a plan for the end times church to be equipped in Jesus Christpower of the Holy Spirit, to be fired up and to each start building what the Lord has given them to build, in a place that the Lord assigns to them, most probably starting in their own homes.
Back in the Old Testament, after the exiles returned to Jerusalem (as described in Ezra and Nehemiah), Nehemia stationed the people by their families, with their swords and spears and bows. (Nehemiah 4:14) And the families were building at the piece of the wall that was assigned to them. When reading this in the Spirit, it very much describes what the Lord is doing in the Spirit, as we are all living stones being built together as a dwelling place for the Lord (1 Peter 2:1-12). Do you know how to build? What are you building?
We are extremely excited about what God is doing in the earth! Would you like to join us by being equipped to build what and where the Lord wants YOU to build?
Before entering into a Mentorship relationship with someone, wouldn’t you say that it is wise to make sure that both parties in the Mentorship relationship have the same understanding about the topic and what their expectations are?
The message below is intended for exactly this reason – to explain our understanding of Mentorship at Heroic, Christ in us Ministries!
Set a Clear Mentorship Goal
At Heroic, we like to assess and treat each individual according to their own specific needs and what the Lord wants us to impart to them and equip them with.
Like we said at the start, Jesus set the standard for life as a child of God: to live a life led by the Father. This is our main aim and the core of our mentorship content: to help you KNOW God through the Word, to have absolue FAITH and confidence in Him, and be equipped to HEAR the voice of God clearly and to DO and FULFILL exactly what God has predestined YOU for.
In His Love and grace
Ruth van Vliet