Titus 2 New International Version (NIV)
You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
I was asked to take on the task of reading a book and participating in a blog tour. This is so fun! Heartfelt by Joneal Kirby is the book of choice and I have to say it is a tremendous book. It's a book detailing ministry based on the passage quoted above.
Joneal has included testimonies of participants, details of how the ministry works, and explicit instructions on setting up a similar ministry in your own church. Her writing style is personable and personal, with an intimacy that makes the reader feel included or at least desire to be included.
I would have given my eye teeth to have had something like this when I was growing up. I can see this fitting ministries that include even junior high school girls. Then I see that this could fit in a men's ministry as well.
The reasons I see these things working out this way is that my husband and I have been involved in a one-to-one relationship with a young couple with this kind of mentoring. We felt way over our heads and without tools to handle the situations that were before us. We were willing to be used, but in some ways, scared that we might mess things up far more than they were already messed. But thankfully, we didn't and we continue our relationship with this couple and now the wife wants a more Titus 2 relationship, that I am thrilled to give! Because of her involvement with the junior high youth group, she is wanting to see this kind of thing happen with the girls in the group, and I see this working out to be a key piece of speaking into their young lives and perhaps save them from some devastating mistakes that I made without the knowledge that can be lifesaving.
This is a Five Star, Two Thumbs Up, and a young mother's night out. Worthy publishing provided the book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.