Profitable for Correction

            In 2Timothy 2:16, there are four main areas that Paul says scripture is profitable; one of those areas is correction. God’s word offers us a standard that allows us to change our lives and be molded more completely into the image of Jesus Christ. Scripture can tell us how to think, talk and act; being a comprehensive guide on “how to walk in the light” (1John 1:7). Scripture can “thoroughly furnish us unto all good works” (2Timothy 3:17), but we must first allow it to change and correct our lives. We have a responsibility as Christians to study the Bible as to seek out ways to improve our faith, character and morality. However, the correction does not always come from our own initiative. Sometimes, scriptural correction can come from our brethren. I may not have realized that I have done or said something wrong, but my brother or sister in Christ (who maybe has more knowledge than me) is aware; they may be the ones to show me my fault through God’s word. Christians have a responsibility to both receive correction and offer correction, and each perspective requires cautious approach.


The Christian Who Offers Correction


            In Mark 10:17-22, we find the account of the rich young ruler:


And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?.... Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, one thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.”


This individual needed correction, and Jesus was willing to give it to him. He didn’t tell him what he wanted to hear; in fact, the young ruler went away filled with great sorrow and depression. However, notice Jesus’ motive and attitude when he corrected him: He loved him! We must follow this same example of teaching the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). We cannot correct our brethren because we want to win an argument, we want to be right, we want to show how knowledgeable we are, or to show authority over others. Our purpose for the difficult task of correction must be grounded in love.

The Christian Who Receives Correction


            One of the first questions in the Fishers of Men Bible study material is, “Can a closed minded person learn anything new?” And the answer is no. Having a closed mind causes us to refuse facts we disagree with, reject teachings that are obviously true, and it inhibits our ability to be corrected. A closed mind fails to realize how valuable correction is, even to our salvation. The Jews are said to have had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge (Romans 10:1). This was mainly due to their inability to receive correction from all the prophets and preachers that taught them (Romans 10:17-21). Refusing to learn from people of greater wisdom can make us vulnerable to temptation, and could even cost us our eternity.  

What to expect

We in churches of Christ take seriously the Lord’s words in John 4:24: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The word of God, and specifically, the New Testament of Jesus Christ (Heb. 8:6-13), is our standard of truth for acceptable worship (John 17:17). God has not left it up to us to do as whatever we please when we approach him; through the inspired apostles of Christ he has directed the church in the manner in which we are to worship him. Our goal is to do as the early church, which “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).This makes our worship distinctive from what most are accustomed to seeing in other churches.

Because we are committed to following the God-given, apostolic pattern for worship, we praise God in song, “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Col. 3:16). Our singing is not accompanied by a piano or band or other forms of instrumental music because we do not find authority for these additions in the New Testament. We learn from God’s word the church is to sing (Eph. 5:19), and we do not add to what God has instructed us to do or go beyond the authority of his word (1 Cor. 4:6; Rev. 22:18-19). While most visitors find our a cappella singing unusual, they also find the four part harmonies beautiful and edifying.

We learn from apostolic example and instruction to the early church that God’s people are to observe the Lord’s supper when they meet every first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-29), and so each Sunday we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine in remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ. Also, our members give into a collection for the work of God’s kingdom in accordance with the teaching of God’s word (1 Cor. 16:1-2).

In our worship assembly we also offer prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and listen to the preaching of the life-changing, soul saving gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16). Our preaching is Bible-based, for we are to “speak as the oracles of God,” (1 Pet. 4:11). We are committed to exalting God by teaching and preaching “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and citing book, chapter and verse as we exalt God and focus on hearing his will for our lives revealed in the scriptures.

You will also find a warm welcome from friendly folks who want to help you understand God’s will for your life and his plan for your salvation so that you can be sure you are saved by his grace and have the hope of eternal life. We hope you can attend one of our worship assemblies or Bible classes soon. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

“The churches of Christ greet you”

Those are the words of Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, and we in the Roanoke Church of Christ echo that same sentiment to you today. But perhaps you’re wondering: Who or what are the churches of Christ? We hope the following will help answer that question:

Before the world ever began, God had a plan for you. That plan is revealed in the Bible and includes his church. The Bible tells us the church is part of the “eternal purpose” of God for every one of us that was made possible through Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:10-11). But there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the importance and identity of that church.

It was Jesus who said to his disciples, “I will build my church” (Mt. 16:18). The Lord kept that promise; he built his church and it exists today. The word of God tells us the church is called “the body of Christ” (Eph. 1:22-23) and that there is “one body…one Lord, one faith” (Eph. 4:4-6). There are no denominations in the Bible, yet when we look around today we see so many different churches, different faiths, different teachings. All of this religious contradiction can be confusing.

But if set aside the denominations, doctrines and traditions of men and simply go back to the Bible, we can belong to the church that Jesus built—the Lord’s church that is a part of God’s eternal plan to redeem us and bring us to heaven through his Son. If we follow the New Testament of Christ and do today what they did then, we can be today what they were then—simply Christians (Acts 11:26). Nothing more, nothing less—just Christians. Not members of any denomination, but members of Jesus’ church we read about in the Bible.

We in the churches of Christ are striving to be faithful to the authority of God’s word and abide by the pattern he has given us for his church (Acts 2:42; 2 Tim. 1:13). We kindly invite you to join us in going back to the Bible to be Christians only, a part of the Lord’s family, the church which he died to save with his blood (Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:23-25). Please let us know if you would like to study the Bible to learn more about the Lord’s church and his plan for our salvation.

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