Seven People You Need In Your Life

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Here is the teaching outline for SUNDAY NITE LIVE.  Join us at 6 PM (Eastern).

What does this person add to my life?

What's the greatest negative influence this person has on my life?

What's the last positive idea, scripture or thought this person shared with me?

Does this person motivate me to be all I can be in Him?

1.         Paul, a mentor

2 Timothy 4:6-7 AMP

“For I am already about to be sacrificed [my life is about to be poured out as a drink offering]; the time of my [spirit’s] release [from the body] is at hand and I will soon go free.  I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.”

Here are ten strategies for finding a mentor. . .who may be outside your current circle.

 1.        Identify what area do you need mentoring in?

 2.        Create a list of possible mentors.

 3.        Start with the big dog or top cat and work down.

 4.        Write down everything you know about that person

 5.        Research.

 6.        Who do you know who knows them?

 7.        Prepare to contact them.

 8.        Make contact.

 9.        Follow up with a thank you note.

10.       If at first you don’t succeed, try the next one.

2.         Timothy, a protégé

Acts 16:1-2 NLT

“Paul went first to Derbe and then to Lystra, where there was a young disciple named Timothy. His mother was a Jewish believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 Timothy was well thought of by the believers[a] in Lystra and Iconium.”

Acts 16:4-5 NLT

“Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day.

Exodus 18:20 MSG

“Your job is to teach them the rules and instructions, to show them how to live, what to do.”

If you’re good at developing protégés. . . successful leaders . . .you’ll never be out of a job. . .or friends.

3.         Barnabus, an encourager

Acts 4:36 NLT

“For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus.”

Acts 11:24 AMP

“For he was a good man [good in himself and also at once for the good and the advantage of other people], full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit and full of faith (of his belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through Whom we obtain eternal salvation). And a large company was added to the Lord.”

Acts 4:37 NLT

He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.”

First, they must be good. . .a good man. . .a good woman.

Second, they must be good on the inside. . .as well as. . .on the outside.  Their goodness needs to be real.

Third, the encourager must desire to improve the quality of life for others.

Fourth, they must be wrapped up, tangled up and full of the Holy Spirit.

Fifth, the faith of an encourager must be clearly evident to everyone. . .saint or sinner.

Sixth, by their nature. . .encouragers will bring increase to everyone who comes in contact with them.

Seventh, an encourager gives without a hidden agenda. . .just as Barnabus did when he gave money to the apostles.

4.         Stephen, a servant

Acts 6:1-7 AMP

“1-2 So the Twelve [apostles] convened the multitude of the disciples and said, It is not seemly or desirable or right that we should have to give up or neglect [preaching] the Word of God in order to attend to serving at tables and superintending the distribution of food.

3 Therefore select out from among yourselves, brethren, seven men of good and attested character and repute, full of the [Holy] Spirit and wisdom, whom we may assign to look after this business and duty.

4 But we will continue to devote ourselves steadfastly to prayer and the ministry of the Word.

5 And the suggestion pleased the whole assembly, and they selected Stephen, a man full of faith (a strong and welcome belief that Jesus is the Messiah) and full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit. . .”

Acts 6:7 AMP

“And the message of God kept on spreading, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem; and [besides] a large number of the priests were obedient to the faith [in Jesus as the Messiah, through Whom is obtained eternal salvation in the kingdom of God].”

Acts 6:59-60 AMP

“And while they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, Lord Jesus, receive and accept and welcome my spirit!  And falling on his knees, he cried out loudly, Lord, fix not this sin upon them [lay it not to their charge]! And when he had said this, he fell asleep [in death].”

5.         Nathan, a friend who speaks the truth in love

2 Samuel 12:9 AMP

“Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, doing evil in His sight? You have slain Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife. You have murdered him with the sword of the Ammonites.”

2 Samuel 12:13 AMP

“And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said to David, The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”

6.         Ruth, loyal

Ruth 3:11 GWT

7.         Andrew, a bringer (witness)

John 1:40-42 AMP

“40 One of the two who heard what John said and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.  41 He first sought out and found his own brother Simon and said to him, We have found (discovered) the Messiah!—which translated is the Christ (the Anointed One). 42 Andrew then led (brought) Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, You are Simon son of John. You shall be called Cephas—which translated is Peter [Stone].”

John 6:5-13 NIV

“Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, 9"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"

John 12:20-22 AMP

“Now among those who went up to worship at the Feast were some Greeks.  These came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and they made this request, Sir, we desire to see Jesus.  Philip came and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip together [went] and told Jesus.”