One thing seems obvious these days: there seems to be an amazing lack of character at work in folks today. Why is that? Is it not being taught (pretty likely)? Or is it that the splintering of our country, once called “the Melting Pot”, into multitudes of special interest groups has led to an “every man for himself” mentality…survival of the fittest, the craftiest, the most selfish. We used to have shared values… Godly values, that were taught not only in church, but also in the homes and schools as well. We know that God wants more for us than what we have now—but how do we get back to the godly character that leads to a civil society, and more than that, spreads the gospel to the lost in this world? With us to show us how step by step is teacher and author of the book, “Broken Yet Blessed,” Kathi McCarty.
Table Talk Notes
Eph 4: 11-16 | And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
What is character?
Webster: “…a distinguishing group of mental, ethical or moral distinctives that mark a person or group…”
Kingdom: The possession and expression of those distinctives that flow from the indwelling life of Christ.
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Seven specific distinctives
Be strong in grace.
2 Tim 2:1 | “You, therefore, my son (daughter), be strong in the grace that is (in you – my emphasis)) in Christ Jesus”
Titus 2:11-12 | “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires & to live sensibly, righteously and godly…”
Enduring hard/difficult times.
Rom 5:3-4 | “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character…”
Heb 10:32-36 | “ But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”
Refusing to get entangled.
2 Tim 2:4 | “No soldier entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life so that he may please the one who enlisted him…”
Make Christ the center of your life.
Keep your life as simple as possible.
Prioritize your involvements (they’re time stealers).
Live in Resurrection Life!
Acts 17:28 | “In Him we live and move and exist (have our very being)….”
Jesus expresses His life thru us from the inside until it governs our lives on the outside.
Col 2:6 | “As you have received Christ the Lord, so walk in Him.” (We give Him access to our humanity….)
Trust Him & His Word.
2 Cor 1:9 | “…we had the sentence of death in us in order that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises from the dead; 10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope…”
Heb 2:13 | “I will put my trust in Him…”
Victory comes not by trying, but by trusting. He is faithful and true.
2 Tim 2:16, 23-26 | “But avoid worldly & empty chatter, for it leads to further ungodliness…refuse ignorant speculations; they lead to quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”
Eph 4:29-32 | “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
1 Thess 5:13 | “Live in peace (Gr – eirene: eirēneuō (“i-rane-yoo’-o”): to be (act) peaceful) with one another…”
Gal 5:15 | “But if you bite and devour one another, you will be devoured….”
Stay in fellowship & accountability.
Heb 10:24-25 | “Let us…stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
1 Pet 2:5 | “You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
Prov 27:6, 17 | “Faithful are the wounds of a friend….Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
Am I willing to engage in and cooperate with the life of Christ in me? (Even though Christ dwells richly in us, it does take time, energy and discipline to learn how to allow His life to flow through us).
Galatians 2:20-21 | I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.