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Msg #1936 Twenty Christian Characteristics

Msg #1936 Twenty Christian Characteristics

What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Msg #1936 Twenty Christian Characteristics

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

 

Romans 12:9-16 gives twenty practical tips on how to present your bodies a living sacrifice. Bible lists are easy to preach and everyone can take the outline, highlight it, and review it annually on their trek through their Bible. It is tough to preach a list of twenty in forty minutes and impossible to essay them in three-hundred words, so I'll highlight a few. Love without dissimulation is tough on our old nature because all of its love is selfish and fake. Genuine love and brotherly kindness, #1&4 of 20, are capstones of Peter's “Add to Your Faith” lecture (2Peter 1:5-7). A brotherly-kindness temperament which delights in contributing to the happiness of others, exercised cheerfully in gratifying their wishes, supplying their wants and alleviating their distresses, ... cheerfully I say..., is a rare commodity. Cleave to that which is good, #3 of 20, should bring to mind Philippians 4:8, Paul's list of things to perpetually think on. Not slothful in business is reinforced in eight Proverbs, and rejoicing in hope, in a dozen Psalms like 38:15, “For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

Condescend to men of low estate, #19 of 20, means descending from opinion of superior rank and behaving on the redeemed level, as a sinner saved by grace. When people are beneath you, soul winning efforts are stymied. Lastly, be not wise in your own conceits, 20 of 20, references an old nature present in us all, and it carries us all the way back to verse 3 of this chapter, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think...” These twenty characteristics should be regularly exhibited by every Christian.

 

An Essay for week #36 Sep 8, 2019

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