Jesus. – Week 12
In this teaching, Jesus. Week 12, we hear Pastor Mike talk about our need for mentors and how we should mentor others.
Everyone should have a mentor. The people I know who grow more than most are mentor squirrels. They’re gathering mentors like squirrels gather nuts. YouTube isn’t enough. You can learn to build a house on YouTube, not a life.
Mentors know you. They can customize their advice to your specific situation. When they know you, they can tell you what you need to know, not expect you to search for the right questions on YouTube.
But here’s the danger. Don’t wait until you’re perfect before you move to mentoring others. A lot of mentorship squirrels never become mentors. Their identity gets so wrapped up in perfecting themselves that they never mature into a person who focuses on others more than themselves. Jesus came to shift our focus from self to others. So we must lead others.
Look for ways to influence people. Find young people and take them under your wing. This will take intentionality. Jesus (God Himself) was regularly in the home of his disciples. At some point, we have to say
I can’t go any further until I’m leading someone beside me.
If you’ve struggled with something but don’t anymore, mentor someone. If you’re out of debt, lost weight, been promoted, learned to cook, gotten married, given birth, or read a book in the Bible. If you’ve done almost anything, find someone who hasn’t done that thing and mentor them.
JESUS. WEEK 12 TEACHING TEXT
The Last Supper
17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?”
18 “As you go into the city,” he told them, “you will see a certain man. Tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My time has come, and I will eat the Passover meal with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus told them and prepared the Passover meal there.
20 When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table[a] with the Twelve. 21 While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”
22 Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?”
23 He replied, “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me. 24 For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”
25 Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?”
And Jesus told him, “You have said it.”
26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.”
27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, 28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant[b] between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. 29 Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”
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