Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you given corrections or rebuke? Good for you, you are wise person then. II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that corrections and rebukes will make us better with the LORD as it's correctly administ
Are you given corrections or rebuke?
Good for you, you are wise person then.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that corrections and rebukes will make us better with the LORD as it's correctly administered inside the church.
Proverbs 9:7-9 (Amplified Bible)
He who rebukes a scorner heaps upon himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man gets for himself bruises.
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man (one upright and in right standing with God) and he will increase in learning.
Corrections and rebukes will make us better with the LORD as it's correctly administered inside the church.
Corrections and rebukes
A. Authors: Solomon is generally credited with large portion of book of Proverbs.
B. Date written: Solomon's proverbs were probably written, collected and edited before his character decline (931 B.C.)
C. Purpose: to give moral instruction
D. To whom written: For young people
E. Main Theme: fear of the LORD
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Don't correct or rebuke:
1. Mocker - you invite insult and he will hate you.
Mocker or scorner - those who make mouths at, to scoff
2. Wicked man - you incur abuse
Wicked man are those who are morally wrong, concretely a bad person, condemned, guilty, ungodly, wicked man. They don't have the LORD JESUS CHRIST in their hearts to begin with. They only listen to themselves.
That's why in our church, we have church leaders, who are responsible to groups of people that they teach and instruct. Usually teaching and instruction are in the form of a bible study or care group where each member are being cared for inside the church and as long as they are inside the church, they are taken care of spiritually and morally and in their other areas of their life. It's not proper for us as Christians to go about outside our churches and rebuke someone especially if that someone is not inside our circle of influence or not our responsibility as a church leader. We are inviting insults, hatreds and even abuse.
Matthew 7:6 (Amplified Bible)
Do not give that which is holy (the sacred thing) to the dogs, and do not throw your pearls before hogs, lest they trample upon them with their feet and turn and tear you in pieces.
This is the reason why we bring people to the barn, that is the church, the store house of people and money, so that they can be taught, trained, instructed in the ways of the LORD GOD, so finally they can say with the wise, that there's GOD in our midst. (“God is truly here among you.”)
1 Corinthians 14:25 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.”
B. Instruct and teach
1. Instruct a wise man - he will be wiser
If the Bible says, the fool said in his heart,"There's no GOD", then the wise man is the opposite. Wise man are those who wait for, look for, hope for and expect GOD to act in his life and they will never be put to shame.