Ethics of Ministry, part 2

Christian Character

The message for the previous Teaching Legacy and this one was brought by Derek to a group of pastors and lay leaders in Cuba in 1996. Because of restrictions imposed by the Cuban government, Derek was allowed to speak only to small groups in house settings. His comments were addressed to leaders in that locale, but can be equally applied to Christians everywhere.

The Character Psalm
Having established in my last letter the fact that Christian character only comes through the cross, let’s now look at a picture of the character God expects, found in Psalm 15. It begins in the fi rst verse with these questions:

Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? Psalm 15:1

The rest of the psalm contains the answers to the questions. The psalmist David lists eleven characteristics of the people who will dwell in God’s holy hill. If we are going to dwell there, we need those characteristics.

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