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EP. 130 - Embrace Mentorship

“Embrace mentorship, don’t go to battle alone.” // Garret Barbush

On EP. 130 we are looking at the life of Moses and what it means to embrace mentorship. Men, in order to restore masculinity and change a culture with courage we have to embrace mentorship. We see God saying to Moses in Exodus 17, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel…” We read along further in chapter 18 and see that without the help of of Aaron and Hur holding up his arms, Moses and the Israelites surely would have lost. What does embracing mentorship practically look like? The first step is realizing that you cannot do it on your own, you need to heed counsel, and finally you need a team around you. Don’t go to battle alone, embrace mentorship. 

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  • Last week we talked about getting out in front and being battle ready
  • Men, in order to restore masculinity and change a culture with courage we have to embrace mentorship
  • Let’s revisit Exodus 17:5-6 again…
  • The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. // Exodus 17: 5-6
  • “Take with you some of the elders of Israel…” – Embrace mentorship, don’t go to battle alone
  • So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.” // Exodus 17:10-13
  • Embrace mentorship, we cannot battle alone
  • When you embrace mentorship, you need to heed counsel
  • Exodus 18:17-24 (NIV)
  • In Exodus 18 we hear Moses’ father-in-law says to him, “The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone…select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.”
  • Men, embrace mentorship with these 3 tips:
    • #1 – We can’t battle alone
    • #2 – We have to heed counsel
    • #3 – We have to build the right team



  • Unless you’ve been living under a rock I’m sure you have heard of the Joe Rogan and Spotify conflict
  • The bottom line is that we live in a sensitive culture
  • Why can’t we as a culture have conversations where we can agree to disagree and move forward with love and respect
  • Men, if you are engaged in mentorship, there SHOULD be conflict, and there WILL be disagreements
  • “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” // Proverbs 27:17
  • In Acts 15, Paul and Barnabas have some conflict on whether to take Mark on the next leg of their trip. They have such a sharp disagreement that they part company
  • They dealt with their disagreement in a manly way, they both continued on the mission that God put in front of them and the Gospel continued to spread
  • Let’s be tolerant men and let’s embrace disagreement
  • In relationships, disagreement is inevitable
  • We shouldn’t call for someone’s livelihood to be shut down because of disagreements. We should agree do disagree and continue on the path that God has put us on
  • We are men of God, we must lead the way
  • Let’s be tolerant people amid an intolerant world
  • “Men, if we are going thrive as men, we need to learn how to simply allow ideas to collide and understand that this should not derail us but it should put us on course for what God has called us to do.” // Garret Barbush