FBC E-Blast - June 12, 2017
FBC E-Blast

June 12, 2017

A Godly Response To Criticism - Proverbs 15

No one likes criticism, but encountering some is inevitable, so we need to learn how to respond in a godly way. Although you might be tempted to become defensive or angry, remain calm and listen. The words may hurt, but great benefits come to those who carefully consider what is said.

If we refuse to accept reproof, we'll limit our potential for Christlike character development and spiritual growth. Some of life's best lessons come through difficult experiences. If God allowed the situation, you can be sure that He wants to use it in transforming you into His Son's image. Whether the criticism is valid or not, whether it's delivered with kindness or harshness, your goal should always be to respond in a way that glorifies the Lord. Remember that you are responsible only for how you handle yourself, not for how the other person is acting.

When a criticism comes your way, be quiet and listen until the other person has finished. Make direct eye contact to show attentiveness and respect. When your critic finishes, thank him for bringing his concerns to your attention, and tell him that you will consider what he's said. Ask the Lord if the accusation is valid. Let Him search your heart and either affirm your innocence or convict you.

Every rebuke is an opportunity from God. It's a chance to let your Christian character shine by showing love to your critic. If he is angrily attacking you, your respect and kindness become a powerful testimony. Criticism is also an occasion to humble yourself and accept the Lord's correction.

Upcoming Sermon Series
      This series will study the duty the Christian has to walk worthy of the great blessings they have been given. The characteristics of the worthy walk: humility, meekness, patience, love, and unity are presented to encourage you in your walk for Christ. This series will start on July 2, 2017.

Last Week:
      If we are not intentional, we will give the next generation some hurts. But we need to be intentional in our giving to them. We need to give them a community worth having, a standard worth achieving, and a faith worth reproducing.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We shall celebrate father's day next Sunday.

Upcoming Events

July 1, 2017 - Men's BBQ - At Settler's Cabin Park

July 2, 2017 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following AM Worship

July 8, 2017 - Trustee's Meeting at 8 AM

July 9, 2017 - Deacon Meeting at 8 AM

July 16, 2017 - Special Speaker Dale Bish, Jr. in the worship service

July 26, 2017 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

July 30, 2017 - Church Outside at the Caldwell's at 11 AM. No Sunday School or any services at the church.

August 6-9, 2017 - Vacation Bible School with Cool Kids Ministries

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