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, 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. 
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About the Podcast
The Hope + Help Podcast offers compassionate biblical conversations about life's challenging problems. The purpose of the podcast is to share Christ-centered comfort and clarity for those seeking biblical solutions for the struggles they face. The podcast accomplishes this by offering a mix of interviews with seasoned biblical counseling professionals and ministry leaders on a variety of topics. Listeners can expect to receive biblical wisdom as well as practical steps for facing suffering, struggling, and sin with courage and grace. Hosted by author/writer Christine M. Chappell.
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.
About the Book
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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About Your Host
Christine M. Chappell
Author, Writer, & Podcast Host
Christine Chappell is the author of Clean Home, Messy HeartHelp! My Teen is Depressed, and is the host of IBCD's Hope + Help Podcast. She is passionate about advocating for biblical one-another care and discipleship in the context of the local church. Her writing has been featured at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Servants of Grace, and other Christian platforms. Christine blogs regularly at christinemchappell.com and lives in South Carolina with her husband and three children.
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