Dealing with Criticism

April 29, 2012

This week, we took a look at how the disciples of Jesus dealt with criticism in the context of Acts 14:-1-7.

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Take a look at 7 Truths about Criticism.  Then answer questions about where you are in the issues of dealing with criticism:

7 Truths about Criticism

1)    There is a constructive criticism that is born in love.

2)    Love requires me to do what is best for the other person, no matter what it costs me.

3)    God doesn’t want criticism to distract me, but to draw me closer to Him.

4)    Sometimes God uses criticism to answer my prayer: “search me God and know my heart”.

5)    Sometimes God uses criticism to identify my need for the praise of man.

6)    Criticism clarifies my message.

7)    My response to criticism is a reflection of my heart posture.

Joining God’s Plan for Criticism

What are the benefits to you living life free from the need of the praise of man?

Are there one or two people in your life who you have trouble hearing because of bitterness over criticism?

What is the next step in healing your heart and making it open again?


Control

April 22, 2012

This week, we took a look at the principles of “control” and “self-control” in the context of Acts 13:42-52

We saw a stark contrast between the religious leaders of the day who were attempting to “control” the message, and the disciples, governed by self-control, who maintained an attitude of joy.

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Take a look at 7 Truths about Control .  Then answer questions about where you are in the issues of “control” and “self-control”:

7 Truths about Control

 1)    God is in control.

 2)    God asks us to manage the resources He gives us, not control them.

 3)    When we try to control, it’s easy to miss what God is doing.

 4)    When we try to control, it’s easy to miss the joy.

 5)    God’s only plan for us is self-control.

 6)    Self-control is a gift of God.

 7)    God will give us opportunities to grow in self-control.

Joining with God’s Heart for Control

On a scale of 1 to 10, how well do you understand God’s Heart for Control?

What is God highlighting to you about Self-Control today?

What is the next step for you in walking out Self-Control?