Hope+Help Podcast

Hosted by Christine Chappell

Hope + Help for Loving Messy People with Scott Mehl

From the series:
When those around you are suffering, it’s not up to them to find comfort on their own.

– Scott Mehl

About the Episode

In this episode of the Hope + Help Podcast, host Christine Chappell interviews Scott Mehl about his new book, Loving Messy People: The Messy Art of Helping One Another Become More Like Jesus. During the conversation, Scott shares why interpersonal ministry in the local church isn't restricted to paid professionals and trained experts. He helps listeners to better understand God's good design for one-another care and offers some reasons why Christians often balk at the call to enter into the messy lives of other people. Scott outlines a basic structure of gospel care, explaining why it's necessary for helpers, strugglers, and sufferers to have God-oriented goals when thinking about how to navigate their problems. He also addresses practical ways pastors and church leaders can take first steps in preparing their church to become a community which cares for one-another well through the practice of intentional discipleship relationships.

About the Guest

Scott Mehl (D.Min., Southern Seminary) pastors Cornerstone Church of West LA (since 2005). His ministry focuses include preaching, teaching, counseling, and church-wide vision. He is a regular writer and speaker on topics related to practical theology. He is also a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and an adjunct faculty member at Eternity Bible College. Scott lives in Culver City, CA, with his wife and four children.

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Loving Messy People: The Messy Art of Helping One Another Become More Like Jesus

Anxiety. Depression. Lust. Addiction. Trauma. Chronic illness. Unfulfilling work. Ungrateful children. Unpredictable circumstances. Eating problems. Relational problems. Financial problems. Pain. Suffering. Sin.

Life is messy. And nobody escapes it. Your life's messy. Your friends' and family's lives are messy, too. But thankfully, God has a plan to deal with the mess. It involves you, and it involves me. Even with all of our messes, God wants to use every one of us to be part of his glorious rescue plan in each other's lives.

If you don't know exactly what to do or even where to start, Loving Messy People is for you. Filled with real-life stories, biblical truth, and practical wisdom, this book will give you the tools and confidence you need to fulfill God's call to love others in the midst of the mess. Whats more, it will show you, in vivid technicolor, God plans to transform the mess we all face into something redemptive and beautiful.

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