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Receiving Correction

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Sermon shared by Bob Ashcraft

May 2000
Summary: Why is the church in America so immature? I believe it is because the church does not want accountability. No one wants to be corrected. We must learn how to receive a corrective word.
Audience: Believer adults
Receiving A Corrective Word

Matt 18:3-4
 Free to offenses, free to serve, free to grow
 Why is the church in America so immature?
 Because the church does not want accountability.
 No one wants to be corrected.
 The church must learn how to receive a corrective word.

Why do Christians hate correction?
 Pride
 Low self-esteem
 Lack of godly wisdom

5 Reasons To Embrace Correction:

1. It will keep you out of ignorance
Prov 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.

Prov 1:22 "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge.

Prov 15:5 A fool despises his fatherís instruction, but he who receives correction is prudent.

Prov 15:31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise.

2. It will keep you prosperous.
Prov 13:18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, but he who regards a rebuke will be honored.

3. It will keep you alive.
Prov 15:10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, and he who hates correction will die.

4. It will keep you in Godís will for your life.
Prov 10:17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses correction goes astray.

5. It is proof of Christian maturity
Prov 17:10 Rebuke is more effective for a wise man than a hundred blows on a fool.

Prov 15:12 A scoffer does not love one who corrects him, nor will he go to the wise.

Prov 19:25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary; rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.

Giving A Corrective Word:
 Is it just for the five-fold ministry? (Corrective or Restorative?)
 Should I correct every situation?
 It must be done with a right motivation.
 It must be done in love.

Prov 27:5 Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed.

Matt 18:15 "Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.

Prov 9:7 "He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, and he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.

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