STUDY EIGHT WORKSHEET
Section #1: Mentoring in the New Testament
Check out these references. Who could be seen as ‘mentoring’ or instructing/guiding whom? And in what context or situation is this occurring?
Section #2: A Biblical model of self-assessment.
Read Philippians 3:1-16, note the following then answer the questions below:
3:3-9: Paul acknowledges that he used to trust his own performance but he does do no longer
3:10: Paul’s goal is not to know himself, but to know Christ and to become like him
3:12-13: Paul acknowledges that he has neither attained this goal nor become perfect
3:12-14: Paul affirms that nevertheless he presses on towards the goal
3:13: Paul forgets what is behind [does he mean his self-righteousness? Or his guilt? Or maybe both? – Whatever he means, he leaves it behind him. He does not wallow in the guilt or take significance from the perceived achievements.]
3:15: He commends the same attitude to all who are mature.
What is the underlying foundation of Paul’s self-assessment?
What is his attitude to his past?
What is his attitude to his present spiritual state?
What are his goals?
Section #3: Challenges to change
Read each scripture below, then answer the challenging question arising from that Scripture, identifying areas of your life that need to change.
Matthew 7:24-27: Have I been wise or foolish in foundational choices?
Matthew 11:28-30: Am I resting in the grace and goodness of Christ or labouring to gain and maintain my salvation by my own efforts?
Matthew 25:1-13: Am I ready for the Lord’s return?
John 6:35: Am I really believing in Jesus and enjoying the spiritual contentment and fullness he gives or am I short-sheeting myself by my self-trust and independence?
John 8:32: Am I allowing God’s truth to liberate me? Or do I not really believe it?
John 17:4: Am I glorifying God on earth?
Romans 12:1-2; 2Corinthians 3:18: Am I letting the world shape my mindset and values, or am I allowing the Holy Spirit to transform me into the image of God’s Son?
2Corinthians 3:18: Looking back over the past year, what change can I see?
Galatians 2:21: Does my attitude to my own religious performance make the death of Christ redundant?
Ephesians 4:1: Am I walking worthy of my calling as a Christian?
Ephesians 4:30: Are my choices grieving my God?
Ephesians 5:1-2: Does my life express the likeness and love of my heavenly Father?
Ephesians 5:8: Which of my current choices/attitudes are expressions of the darkness? And which are expressions of the Light?
Section #4: Looking after yourself
What do these scriptures teach you about looking after your personal spiritual condition?