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Character. Based on a message by Rev Sam Davis entitled “What Character is and Does”. Pelham Park Bible Study August 24, 2008. Relationships. Relationships are the most important thing in life The basis of all relationships is trust The basis of trust is character.

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character

Character

Based on a message by Rev Sam Davis entitled “What Character is and Does”

Pelham Park Bible Study August 24, 2008

relationships
Relationships
  • Relationships are the most important thing in life
  • The basis of all relationships is trust
  • The basis of trust is character
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Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

χαρακτήρ

charaktēr

khar-ak-tar'

From the same as G5482; a graver (the tool or the person), that is, (by implication) engraving ([“character”], the figure stamped, that is, an exact copy or [figuratively] representation): - express image.

how is jesus the character of god
How is Jesus the Character of God
  • In what ways is Jesus like God?
  • Does He look like Him? – No
  • Does Jesus make the same kind of decisions?
  • Does Jesus act like God?
  • Does Jesus care about the same kind of things as God?
how jesus reveal god s character
How Jesus reveal God’s Character
  • John 14:6-11 Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me. (7) If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also. And from now on you know Him and have seen Him. (8) Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us. (9) Jesus said to him, Have I been with you such a long time and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father. And how do you say, Show us the Father? (10) Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in Me? The Words that I speak to you I do not speak of Myself, but the Father who dwells in Me, He does the works. (11) Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the very works themselves.
bible synonyms integrity
Bible Synonyms - Integrity
  • Psalms 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
  • Proverbs 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
    • Definition – we are on the inside, what we say we are on the outside
    • Example: Integrity of Steel – rings true it has integrity and can support the load
what is character
What is Character
  • Character is doing right without regard to inward desire, outward pressure or eventual outcome - Dr Bill Rice
  • Outward Pressure
    • What you are in the dark
    • The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.— Baron Thomas Babington Macauley, English historian and statesman (1800-1859)
  • Eventual Outcome
    • You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, novelist, playwright, scientist and philosopher (1749-1832)
    • The best index to a person’s character is (a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can’t fight back. — Abigail van Buren (Pauline Esther Friedman), American newspaper advice columnist (1918-2002)
habit
Habit
  • Plant a thought -> Harvest an action
  • Plant an action -> Harvest a habit
  • Plant a habit -> Harvest a character
  • Plant a character -> Harvest a destiny
  • Doing right over and over until doing right is a part of life, until it becomes a habit
  • Character is simply habit long continued. — Plutarch, Greek biographer (47-120 A.D.)
  • If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.— Beryl Markham, English adventurer and author (1902-1986)
character quotes
Character - Quotes
  • Why are we surprised when fig trees bear figs?— Margaret Titzel
  • Life must be more about what we are than what we do or else we would be called human doings rather than human beings— J Kessler
  • It is more difficult to be honourable for a week than to be a hero for 15 minutes

— Renard

  • Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures.— Horace Greeley, American journalist and educator (1811-1872)
  • You can borrow brains but you can’t borrow character

— Bob Jones Sr

  • But rules cannot substitute for character.— Alan Greenspan, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board (b. 1926)
  • Like the massive unseen foundation that supports the CN Tower so that it can stand 1,800 feet above ground and not blow over in 260 mph wind.
    • 62,000 tons of earth and shale to a depth of 50 feet were excavated for the foundation of the tower – took 4 months to finish
impact of character on relationships
Impact of Character on Relationships

Others

Marriage

God’s

Character

Our

Character

Career

Destiny

reputation vs character
Reputation vs. Character
  • Character is what you are – reputation is what others think you to be – Rev Sam Davis
  • Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.— Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president (1809-1865)
no one can hurt your character
No one can hurt your character
  • Even if someone tries to destroy your reputation if you will keep your character right, God will probably restore your reputation.
  • Your character cannot be essentially injured except by your own acts
character will restore reputation
Character will restore Reputation
  • Joseph
    • Sold as a slave
      • Because of his character resisted being seduced by Potiphar’s wife
        • She accuses him of trying to seduce her
          • Sentenced to jail as a criminal
    • Ended up as second in command of the world super-power
why you can trust character
Why you can trust Character
  • If character opens it, character closes it.
  • If character turns it on, character turns it off.
  • If character unlocks it, character locks it.
  • If character breaks it, character fixes it.
  • If character can't fix it, character reports it.
  • If character borrows it, character returns it.
  • If character makes a mess, character cleans it up.
  • If character moves it, character puts it back.
  • If character sees something belongs to someone else, it will get permission to use it.
  • If character knows that something is none of its business, character won’t ask questions
impact of character on relationships1
Impact of Character on Relationships

Others

Marriage

God’s

Character

Our

Character

Career

Destiny

find the right marriage partner
Find the right marriage partner
  • Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
  • All you have to do to marry wrong is to lack character

- Rev Sam Davis

  • Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
character is attractive its lack is ugly and repulsive
Character is attractiveIts lack is ugly and repulsive
  • Willfulness
  • Pride
  • Unreliability
  • Deception
  • Hypocrisy
  • Anger
  • Simple-mindedness
  • Impurity
  • Bitterness
  • Self-pity
  • Self-centeredness
  • Self-indulgence
  • Disrespectfulness
  • Sloppiness
  • Wastefulness
  • Rudeness
  • Harshness
  • Indifference
  • Callousness

Obedience

Humility

Responsibility

Truthfulness

Sincerity

Meekness

Discretion

Virtue

Forgiveness

Joyfulness

Availability

Self-Control

Respectfulness

Orderliness

Resourcefulness

Deference

Gentleness

Compassion

Sensitivity

Attractive

Replusive

ruth and boaz had it
Ruth and Boaz had it
  • What made Ruth and Boaz a match for each other
  • חיל
  • chayil

khah'-yil

Strength, power, virtue, wealth

  • Ruth 2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman(relative) of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
  • Ruth 3:11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
  • Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
    • A handful of rubies is worth in the millions
character is a good test if you are ready for marriage
Character is a good test if you are ready for marriage
  • For a man
    • Responsibility – knowing and doing what God and others expect of me
    • Love – giving to others basic needs without having as my motive personal reward
    • Humility & Teachableness – recognizing that God and other are actually responsible for my achievements in life
  • For a woman
    • Obedience
    • Responsibility
    • Respect
    • Gratefulness
  • For both
    • Loyalty – if you ain’t loyal, you ain’t nothing
marriage problems caused by lack of character
Marriage problems caused by lack of Character
  • Won’t wait for a meal -> lack of patience
  • Wants a divorce -> lack of endurance
  • Is hurt and can’t go on -> lack of forgiveness
  • Has a messy house -> lack of orderliness
  • One way before marriage and another way after -> lack of sincerity
  • Not submissive -> lack of loyalty
  • Never listens to his wife -> lack of attentiveness
  • Harsh towards children -> lack of gentleness
  • Wasteful of money -> lack of thriftiness and contentment
  • Won’t be steady on job -> lack of diligence
  • Always late -> lack of punctuality
  • Bad spirit in the home -> lack of joyfulness
impact of character on relationships2
Impact of Character on Relationships

Others

Marriage

God’s

Character

Our

Character

Career

Destiny

character brings career success
Character brings Career Success
  • Mayor not interested in character but economics
    • 127 applied for position , 10 selected all failed the drug test
    • Another company moved away because temporary help failed to consistently show up
  • Survey of 400 Ohio companies – at bottom computer, math, and, grammar skills – top was honesty and ability to get along
ability vs character
Ability vs Character
  • Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.— Albert Einstein, Jewish-American mathematician, physicist and public philosopher (1879-1955)
  • The main ingredient of good leadership is good character

- General Norman Schwartzkopf

  • True character when it is instilled in the lives of young people will find the talent necessary to perform the task

- Dr Jack Howes

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Test
  • There are tests for nursing, engineering, etc.
  • The test for a successful life is a character test
  • Much more important than a high school or college diploma
impact of character on relationships3
Impact of Character on Relationships

Others

Marriage

God’s

Character

Our

Character

Career

Destiny

destiny quotes
Destiny quotes
  • Every man does what he is big enough to do
  • There are no big jobs, only small machines and the same is true of men . — DR R G Letourneau, founder of Caterpillar builder of machines larger than they build today
  • A man's character is his fate. — Heraclitus, Greek philosopher (c. 540-c. 475 B.C.)
  • Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.— Theodore Roosevelt, American adventurer and 26th president (1858-1919)
  • Character, not circumstance, makes the person.— Booker T. Washington, American educator and civil rights activist (1856-1915)
  • The price of greatness is responsibility .— Winston Churchhill
ruth vs orpah
Ruth vs Orpah
  • Ruth and Orpah made choices revealing their loyalty
  • Hopeless, helpless, poverty-striken Ruth is married to wealthy charactered Boaz and is the great-grandmother of David and ancestor of Jesus Christ
  • According to Jewish Encylopedias, Orpah forsook the God of the Bible and became the great-grandmother of Goliath
  • Ruth is the 12th most popular name in the world
  • Hardly anybody calls their daughters Orpah
where do we get this character from
Where do we get this character from?

Others

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God’s

Character

Our

Character

Career

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quotes
Quotes
  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1882)
  • To exercise good character daily is to be morally fit for life.— Karen Hartz, CC! coordinator, CHARACTER COUNTS! in Caroline County
  • What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.— Attributed to Thomas Edison, American inventor (1847-1931)
  • The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops – no, but the kind of man the country turns out.— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1882)
  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)
  • The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.— Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)
  • Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)
  • Character is an essential tendency. It can be covered up, it can be messed with, it can be screwed around with, but it can’t be ultimately changed. It’s the structure of our bones, the blood that runs through our veins.— Sam Shepard, American playwright, actor and director (b. 1943)
  • If we want our children to possess the traits of character we most admire, we need to teach them what those traits are and why they deserve both admiration and allegiance. Children must learn to identify the forms and content of those traits.— William J. Bennett, author and former U.S. Secretary of Education (b. 1943)
  • Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct. — Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and author (1795-1881)
  • Character is much easier kept than recovered. — Thomas Paine, British-born American political activist (1737-1809)
  • No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.   — Ralph Waldo  Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1880)
  • The force of character is cumulative.— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1882)
  • Not in time, place or circumstance but in the man lies success. — James Joyce, Irish novelist (1882-1941)
  • It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character. — Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860)
  • What someone is, begins to be revealed when his talent abates, when he stops showing us what he can do. — Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)
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