Developing Christian Character (13 of 16) by Jim Perdue

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Developing Christian Character (13 of 16)
Series: Philippians
Jim Perdue
Philippians 4:4-9

Intro/Attention

As we continue our study in the book of Philippians, I want you to turn to Philippians 4:4-9. Today we're going to talk about ''Developing Christian Character.'' *I wonder how often we think about developing our character as Christians. We focus on trimming our waistline or making the grade. We focus on earning the money or getting ahead in life. But how often do we focus on becoming more like Christ? I mean, think about this seriously for a second…how much of you day do you literally spend trying to discover how to become more like Jesus Christ?*

The Bible teaches us in 1 Timothy 4:7-8, READ 1 Timothy 4:7-8 The Christian life is a process but the process is about becoming like a Person. If I could put it as simply as I can, the Christian life is about growing to become like Jesus Christ; acting like Him, loving like Him, leading like Him, giving like Him, sharing like Him, teaching like Him, honoring God like Him and sacrificing like Him. Instead of comparing yourself to other Christians all the time, set yourself up against His perfect standard and see how you come out!

*The Christian life is developed over a great amount of time. ''Becoming a Christian is the miracle of a moment, the making of a saint is the task of a lifetime.'' This is not an overnight process, but a lifetime journey. I use this word develop very carefully because it takes time to grow to be like Jesus Christ. The Christian life is journey and a process not an event or a destination…* READ TEXT

Here in Philippians 4:4-9, Paul teaches us several principles about developing our Christian character to become more like Jesus Christ.

Paul encourages them to maintain joyfulness: 4

Explanation

This entire book has the theme of joy and thanksgiving, even in the midst of trials and suffering. Paul writes while chained in house arrest in Rome. But he writes not of suffe ...


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