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HHT Talk 5: Correction & Encouragement
Transcript of HHT Talk 5: Correction & Encouragement
: a change that makes something right, true, accurate, etc.
: the act of making something (such as an error or a bad condition) accurate or better : the act of correcting something
What is the best
instrument we could use for correction?
Some reasons why
we are afraid of
What do we do?
How should we regard correction?
In SFC, we have a committed relationship.
We are brothers and sisters.
5 Let a righteous man strike me--it is a kindness; let him rebuke me--it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it. Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers;
d. Don't expect to be always corrected nicely.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (James 1:2-4)
God is in control. He is sovereign ... even in our pain, even in our troubles. Through it all, his love is transforming us, perfecting us, completing us
A. How to Correct
In Case of
Matthew 18:15-17New International Version (NIV)
Dealing With Sin in the Church
15 “If your brother or sister[a] sins,[b] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[c] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
Correction works differently in a variety
of pastoral situations.
Unit Head (Unit A) to Member (Unit B)
Unit Head (Unit A) to Member (Unit A)
Chapter Head (A3) to Unit Head (A3)
Unit Head (A3) to Chapter Head (A3)
A common complaint of people is that they receive more criticism than praise.
Correction’s greatest ally:
1. To inspire with hope, courage, or confidence.
2. To give support to; foster:
3. To stimulate; spur:
1. Do my words of encouragement easily outweigh my words of correction or criticism?
2. Am I generally uplifting to be around?
3. Would my family consider me a basically encouraging person?
4. Do words of praise for others come easily to me?
5. Have I been careful to ask forgiveness of others when I have spoken in a negative or discouraging way?
6. Have I been diligent to encourage those who are under me – children, students, employees, wife, brothers, sisters, and fellow SFC members?
7. Have I been diligent to encourage those God has placed over me – teachers, employers, elders, pastors, church leaders, civil servants, governments leaders?
8. Do I pass along only the good news and swallow the gossip?
9. Does my conversation with friends generally build others up?
10. Do I think more about looking for opportunities to give praise than my need to receive it?
11. Do I have a genuine desire to grow as a person who encourages others?
12. Am I able to bring encouragement to those who have hurt me? Can I bless those who have hurt me? Can I bless those who have persecuted me as Scripture admonishes?
13. Have I looked for creative ways of affirming my younger brothers and sisters that they grow up loving themselves?
14. Have I recognized how encouraging God is to His whole creation? To me?
Encouraging one another:
1. Are you able to get excited about the good things that happen to others? Are you able to tell them that you're glad? Can you enter into their joy? If you can, you are an encourager.
2. Are you living a committed Christian life? To what extent are you able to encourage others "to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts"? If you can, you are reflecting your own commitment to Christ. You are an encourager.
3. Are you able to accept other people for who they are? Do you see the best in people? Do you freely associate with people who are different from you? If you can, you are relatively free from prejudice and you are an encourager.
Paraclete (Gr. parakletos) means advocate or helper. In Christianity, the term paraclete most commonly refers to the Holy Spirit.
Literally the word "encourage" is a compound of two words: "en" meaning “to put in or into" and "courage" meaning strength and confidence.
How does God
He brings comfort
Psalm 23:4Good News Translation (GNT)
4 Even if I go through the deepest darkness,
I will not be afraid, Lord,
for you are with me.
Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me.
He stands by us
He defends us like a defense lawyer.
1 Thessalonians 5:11-14Good News Translation (GNT)
11 And so encourage one another and help one another, just as you are now doing.
Final Instructions and Greetings
12 We beg you, our friends, to pay proper respect to those who work among you, who guide and instruct you in the Christian life. 13 Treat them with the greatest respect and love because of the work they do. Be at peace among yourselves.
14 We urge you, our friends, to warn the idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
It not only emphasizes, it motivates.
It not only gives comfort, it gives courage.
It sends hesitant soldiers into war.
19 All of their deeds are before him as plain as the sun, and his eyes are always on their ways.
How does it
apply to us?
A. Encouragement is an action of the Holy Spirit. He often uses people to impart encouragement to His beloved. We must be open to being His channels.
Being LEADERS it is our duty
and not an option.
To encourage our members
is a duty in the Lord.
B. How do we encourage one another in SFC?
Hebrews 10:25Good News Translation (GNT)
25 Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.