“ And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52, NASB)
1.) CHARACTER IS THE FORM SEEN BY THE WORLD
“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.” (Genesis 1:2 NKJV)
“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs, 22:1 NLT)
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,” (Philippians 2:14–15, ESV)
2.) CHARACTER IS OFTEN DEVELOPED IN THE “DARK”
“Character is what you are in the dark.” DL Moody
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1, NASB)
“Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.” (Proverbs 17:3, NLT)
3.) CHARACTER IS CONTAGIOUS BOTH GOOD AND BAD
“Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33, NLT)
"For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44, NLT)
“…but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12, ESV)
Life Group Questions are:
Why is character in the life of a Christian so important?
What dose letting your light shine before men mean?
How is character formed in the “Dark”?
What help can choosing friends with good character be in perfecting your form?
How is this message going to change the way you live your life?