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What if you keep getting rejected in mentoring or disciple-making? Here are three things to think about if this is you.

[Related: How to Deal with Rejection]

One: You Might Get Rejected

Rejection is a part of life, and it’s going to be a part of mentoring and disciple-making. Not everyone is open to the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself was rejected and despised by people.

2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

Two: Do Your Part

You can only invite. You can’t make people do anything. Jesus told his disciples that they should shake the dust from their feet and move on if other people weren’t interested in the gospel. You can’t pursue God for someone.

Three: Law of Averages

If you keep inviting people to know God and to enter into mentoring relationships and you don’t give up, at some point someone is going to give it a go.

[Related: How to Power Through in Mentoring]

Don’t get discouraged if the going gets tough. Even Jesus was rejected, yet he remained focused on his mission to go to the cross. Keep engaging, keep inviting, and keep pursuing God and helping others.

Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Have you ever been rejected because of your faith in Jesus? Explain.
  4. Have you ever been rejected in a mentoring/discipleship relationship? What happened?
  5. When it comes to serving at church, are you doing your part? Explain why or why not.
  6. When it comes to making disciples, are you doing your part? Explain why or why not.
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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