Rev. Philip Teng's words
The content of the mentoring of theological students can be well gathered from Paul's pastoral letters to Timothy, his disciple, son in Christ as well as fellow worker. The synonymous words "urge", "remind" and "charge" appear fourteen times in these letters, which are equivalent with counseling or mentoring.

The essence of these precious verses may be put under fine headings:

KEEP THE PURE FORM AND CONTENT OF FAITH
(1 TIMOTHY 1:3, 6:20)

Beware of all teachings and reasonings of human theories, and keep the "pattern of sound teaching" and "guard the good deposit" of doctrine (II Timothy 1:13-14).

PRACTICE OF PRAYER LIFE
(1 TIMOTHY 2:1)

Paul uses the expression "first of all" to describe the importance of prayer and intercession. It is easy for theological students under heavy load of study to neglect prayer which inevitably leads to spiritual weakness and backsliding.

KEEP A FERVENT SPIRIT OF EVANGELISM
(1 TIMOTHY 6:12-14, II TIMOTHY 4:1-2)

Academic pursuit could create spiritual indifference and loss of zeal and burden for evangelism. This is a common phenomenon in seminaries.

REKINDLE SPIRITUAL GIFTS
(II TIMOTHY 1:6)

The word "gift" here refers to the gift of spiritual qualities rather than talents for service which needs be rekindled from time to time.

KEEP A PURE CONSCIENCE
(1 TIMOTHY 2:18-19)

A good conscience is the last line of spiritual defense. Its absence leads to the bankruptcy of the ministry.

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