Lesson 1 The Ministry of Mentoring

Welcome and Question 1

Greetings, and welcome to the Mentorship Course with Setting Captives Free. We’re pleased you’ve decided to continue your studies with us in preparation for walking alongside others in the gospel. If you would like to interact with others in the Setting Captives Free ministry, you can join our Setting Captives Free Forum.
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In this course, we will discuss the gospel and how it applies to mentoring others, and you’ll have a chance to share your own thoughts about Jesus, specifically how to share Him with others in order to help them out of sin traps.
This is a 10-day course. At the end of the course you’ll have a chance to apply for a volunteer mentorship position with Setting Captives Free. If accepted you will become a "Mentor-in-Training", for a short period of time, and will receive help from a supervisor as you begin mentoring students.
Mentoring can be an absolutely thrilling and very rewarding ministry. Often you will be privileged to watch God work in the heart of your students. Maybe He will free them from a habitual sin pattern in their life, or maybe He will heal their marriage, reconcile other relationships, or do something miraculous in their life. And you’ll have a front-row seat.
For this reason and many more, the ministry of mentoring can become happily addicting. “...ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints” (1 Corinthians 16:15 KJV). We pray for our students earnestly, we share the gospel with them, we help them know how to apply it in their own circumstances. We laugh with those who laugh and weep with those who weep. We walk with them in their trials, share with them in their grief, celebrate with them in their victories and possibly become friends along the way. All of this brings much joy and encouragement to our hearts. It is truly addicting.
Just a quick story by way of illustration: our twin daughters, Charity and Joy went off to be leaders at a Christian camp over the summer. Unfortunately during her weeks of service Charity became ill with a bad cold and cough and then she suffered an infestation of head lice.
When she came home for a quick 24-hour visit, she was still coughing and had just had treatment to get rid of the lice, but she couldn’t stop talking about how enjoyable it was to minister to the kids who came to camp.
I said to her, “Charity, here you are sick with a cold, you haven’t been sleeping much, and you had lice. Why do you want to go back?” And without hesitation she said, “Ministry is just addicting! It’s like a drug. All the special moments of seeing Christ work in hearts is just thrilling!”
I agree with her entirely, and with Stephanus, and with a long line of people who, down throughout history have chosen to suffer with God’s people in ministry than be anywhere else (see Hebrews 11:25-26). I hope you’ll join this long line; it is indeed addicting!
There are some requirements to mentoring with Setting Captives Free and I want to state them up front so you can make sure you meet them and decide if you want to continue ahead in your studies here:
Requirements for mentoring with Setting Captives Free:
  • All prospective mentors with Setting Captives Free must be Christian. There is no true freedom apart from Christ. Everyone who represents Setting Captives Free actually represents the Lord Jesus Christ first and foremost. All mentors must have a testimony of forgiveness of sin through the gospel and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Question 1. If you are a Christian, please share your testimony here briefly (does not need to be more than 3 paragraphs).

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Joce writes, “Although a church attender, I never knew the Lord Jesus in a relationship until I was 29 years old after a period of fear and exhaustion after the birth of my first child. A series of unexplainable events drew me as well as propelled me to challenge others, search books and the bible itself for the truth I was looking for to give substance and meaning to my life of exhausting performance ladders. When I could not dispute the evidence that Jesus had given all He could - His very life- to show me His love, I asked Him to come into my life. His life filled my life with joy and a precious sense of belonging to Him, and He became a steady and sure anchor to my soul. My faith started to become lukewarm, and old fears, stress and self effort started to affect my heart. After seeing the gospel of Jesus in the SCF 2.0 courses and experiencing the wonder of being at the foot of the cross over and over again, He captured and ravished my heart and I am more deeply in love with Him than I could ever imagine. My life has been turned upside down and transformed in every way, and I am enjoying every exquisite moment with Him in His service. His faithfulness is beyond words. Ps 107:6-7 "LORD, help!" they cried in their trouble, and He rescued them from their distress. He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live.”