Four Essentials To Build Character Into Relationships

September 1, 2013 Pastor: Ryan Rice Series: Grace Based Relationships

Topic: Special Messages Scripture: Philippians 1:3–1:11

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS BY GRACE

4 Essentials to Build Character into Relationships

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INTRODUCTION

Character: One of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual - Webster’s Dictionary

“God-like character is both the fruit of the Spirit as he works within us and the result of our personal efforts. We are both totally dependent upon his working within us and totally responsible for our own character development.” Jerry Bridges

“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” - Jonathan Edwards

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4 ESSENTIALS TO BUILD CHARACTER INTO RELATIONSHIPS

#1 STAY FOCUSED IN PRAYER

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy

               Philippians 1:3-4

Remember God works in you and others both progressively and plentifully

                Philippians 1:6, 4:19

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4 ESSENTIALS TO BUILD CHARACTER INTO RELATIONSHIPS

#2 STICK TO WHATEVER WORKS

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me - practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.          

                      Philippians 4:8-9

Think & Practice, Practice, Practice

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ESSENTIALS TO BUILD CHARACTER INTO RELATIONSHIPS

#3 SHARE IN AND ON SUFFERING

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another.

                         Romans 12:15

4 Cycles of Suffering (Romans 5:3-6)  Suffering > Endurance > Character > Hope

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4 ESSENTIALS TO BUILD CHARACTER INTO RELATIONSHIPS

#4 SPEAK ONLY WHAT’S GOOD FOR BUILDING  

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 

                    Ephesians 4:29