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CFC HLT Talk 11
Transcript of CFC HLT Talk 11
A Pastoral Tool Notes Place your own picture
behind this frame! Double click to crop it if necessary San Francisco Budapest Important
Details (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr Stockholm (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr What do we do? SOCIETY'S EXPECTATION:
We are evaluated in terms of what we know and have achieved. EXPERIENCE of being laughed at because of our mistakes Correction is associated with rejection. Look out to your own behavior and attitudes Overcome fears about giving correction Be willing to learn Assets map details doodles notes outlook photo frame "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, refuting error, for correcting and training in Christian life. Through Scripture the man of God is made expert & thoroughly equipped for every good work." The experience in most cultures, however, is RESISTANCE of people to correction ...At the bottom of this is FEAR. It is painful to have our failures and shortcomings pointed out. Secular society's expectation: self-reliance & independence Attitude of HESITATION in accepting someone's opinion or judgment We hide our faults.
We cover up. We argue when corrected. How should we regard
correction? Context: Christian personal relationships In CFC we have a committed relationship Correction is not a sign of lifelessness and legalism in a Christian group. SCRIPTURE SAYS: It is foolish to reject correction "He who loves discipline, loves knowledge; foolish is he who rejects correction."
(Proverbs 12:1) "The fool considers his way right while the wise man listens to advice."
(Proverbs 12:!5) With God's help, we must OVERCOME OUR DISLIKE for correction Don't expect to be always corrected nicely. RESPONSE TO CORRECTION FOR SOMETHING WE HAVE DONE WRONG requires:
-change For something done poorly requires only a RESOLVE to do it better next time :) 2 Timothy 3:16-17 It appears whenever Christians see each other as brothers
and sisters. PRACTICAL ASPECTS
OF CORRECTION I. How to correct should be simple and straightforward when giving correction, expect brother to repent or resolve to do better Give correction in a way that will help a person to CHANGE (and not as form of judgment only) II. In case of disagreements When a person fails to accept correction, the two parties should ask a mature Christian to mediate In case there is still no apparent remedy or solution, one of the parties may have to take forbearance If it involves something seriously wrong: "If your brother or sister has sinned against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are in private, and if he listens to you, you have won your brother. If you are not listened to, take with you one or two others so the case may be decided by the evidence of two or three witnesses." Matthew 18:15-16 III. Correction works in a variety of pastoral situations Where we don't have a pastoral responsibility for a person, we still have a responsibility for love and care for our brethren in CFC CORRECTION IS OFFERED IN THE SPIRIT OF HELPLESSNESS WHERE WE HAVE PASTORAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOMEONE,
correction becomes one of the many pastoral tools to help a person grow in his relationship with the Lord and other people. If the person we are correcting is in authority over us, we should give our correction respectively, leaving judgment of any change up to the person. Learn to handle anger Focus on the goals of pastoral care CONCLUSION Correction is a very important pastoral tool Correction is done out of love Thank you for your attention! DEFINITION "the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake" "punishment intended to reform, improve or rehabilitate" In serious cases, talk to his household head or unit head. QUESTION#2 It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts.
Here are the facts about the candidates: CANDIDATE A:
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He's had two mistresses, he also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 Martinis a day. CANDIDATE B:
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps all day, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every morning. CANDIDATE C:
He is a decorated war hero. He doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never committed adultery. A. Franklin Roosevelt B. Winston Churchill C. Adolf Hitler CORRECTION + Encouragement = GROWTH