A Cord of Three Strands

Posted on Mar 20th, 2011 at 8:56 PM

By Mark Lubbock

In 2009 I hosted a men’s conference where men were encouraged to make vital connections with other men. At the end of the day men were challenged to find at least one other man who is willing to make a commitment to go through a scripture study.


The concept is that the two men would take the journey together. 2Timothy 2:2 says “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”


Ecclesiastes 4:12 says “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”


At the conference I prayed that God would connect me with the man He wanted me to disciple. That happened almost right away for me - in fact two men responded to my invitation. Two years later and I continue to meet weekly with these men that made the commitment to give this a try.


In fact these men have joined the ranks of accountability brothers for me. We lift one another up, study short passages of scripture together and encourage each other through our inevitable challenges. Having men like this in my life makes the journey more than just tolerable – in makes it truly fun!


We are to take what we’ve learned and pass it on. Howard Hendricks illustrates the “Cord of Three Strands” teaching with examples of Barnabas, Paul and Timothy. Barnabas represents a senior mentor who offers sage advice. Paul represents a brother who is a peer heading in the same direction as yourself. Timothy is the younger believer who needs mentoring.


Howard Hendricks says that we each need all three men in our lives. One whose wisdom we lean upon, one who walks the journey with us and one whom we are mentoring. This is a truly winning combination!


Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself the question that John Wesley asked; “How is it with your soul?” Are you where you could be, where you should be at this time in your life? Consider gathering about yourself a Barnabas, Paul and Timothy. Let me know how this works for you!


Building the Kingdom one person at a Time!