July 02, 2017 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1793
#3 in Series
Why Character Counts
Psalm 119:33-38; 1 Corinthians 4; 6; 10
I. CHARACTER MATTERS
“Character is that which can do without success.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Character is what a person is in the dark.” – D. L. Moody
“A good character is the best tombstone.” – Charles Spurgeon
The attitude of the psalmist reveals the desires of a person of character:
While we stress over the lack of character in our land, it isn’t much better among believers. We could address and fix 99% of the issues in the church if we just asked and answered the following questions:
II. THE CRISIS OF CHARACTER IS REAL
III. THE CONSISTENCY OF CHARACTER IS NEEDED
Eleven times in Paul’s writings, he says something to the effect of “be imitators of me” (1 Cor. 4:14-17; 11:1; Gal. 4:12; Eph. 4:32; Phil. 3:17; 4:9; 1 Thess. 1:6, 7; 2:14; 2 Thess. 3:7-9; 1 Tim. 4:12; Titus 2:7, 8).
“Christianity is not simply cognitive (a set of beliefs) or behavioral (a set of actions), but it is emotional, spiritual, and social, involving all we are and all our relationships.” – Brian Dodd
The world we live in demands authentic leaders. The next generation deserves to see what real leadership looks like.
Why does character matter?
1) It __ to others who you are.
2) It __ how you will react in certain situations.
3) It __ your spiritual condition.
4) If you lack it, it can __ your testimony.