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SERIES: Moving Forward (5 of 5)
Proper Attitude
1 Peter 4:1-2
PROPOSITION: Attitudes affect our actions.
KEY WORD: Questions


  1. Last in series on moving the church forward

  2. Challenges, Dangers, Enemies, Opportunities

  3. Someone wrote about our attitude, It is the "advance man" of our true selves. Its roots are inward but its fruit is outward. It is our best friend or our worst enemy. It is more honest and more consistent than our words. It is an outward look based on past experiences. It is a thing which draws people to us or repels them. It is never content until it is expressed. It is the librarian of our past; It is the speaker of our present; It is the prophet of our future. What is it? It's our attitude!

Why is attitude so Important?

  1. Definition – A person's tendency to respond favorably or unfavorably to an object, person, group, or event

  2. Most common – positive or negative

How are attitudes expressed?

  1. Facial expressions, voice – tone and inflection

  2. Our behavior – how we perform a task, energy we put into it

  3. Interest we have in the person, thing or activity

  4. General Douglas MacArthur, on 75th birthday, In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, and courage, so long are you young. When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only are you grown old.

  5. Child asked – Would you hate to wear glasses all the time? - “No-o-o” - The kind grandma wears. She can fix things, sees nice things, sees things to do on rainy days.

  6. Frogs in a can of cream

Two frogs fell into a can of cream -- or so I've heard it told
The sides of the can were shiny and steep, The cream was deep and cold,
"Oh, what's the use?" said No. 1, "tis fate -- no help's around --
Good-bye, my friend! Good-bye, sad world!" And weep still, he drowned.
But No. 2 of sterner stuff, dog paddled in surprise,
The while he wiped his creamy face and dried his creamy eyes.
"I'll swim awhile, at least," he said -- or so it has been said --
"It wouldn't really help the world if one more frog was dead."
An hour or two he kicked and swam -- not once he stopped to mutter,
But kicked and swam, and swam and kicked, then hopped out, via butter.

What is the power of our attitude?

  1. It reflects what we believe

  2. It shows what we are, will do, willing to sacrifice

  3. It demonstrates how hard we will work, how much of ourselves we will give

  4. It is a major factor in success or failure

Does the Bible talk about attitudes?

  1. Words translated – mind, countenance, heart = attitude

  2. Genesis 31:2 – Laban was not friendly toward Jacob

  3. Philippians 2:5 – Have the attitude of Christ

  4. 1 Kings 11:11 – Solomon's attitude cost him his kingdom

  5. Ezra 6:22 – God changed the attitude of the king of Assyria

  6. Ephesians 4:22-23 – Put off old self, have a new attitude

  7. 1 Peter 4:1 – Since Christ suffered, have the same attitude

What attitudes should we keep positive?

  1. God

    1. How interested are you in God?

    2. Are you willing to grow, study, seek spiritual growth?

    3. This will set your moral climate

  2. Church

    1. Do you talk up, promote the church?

    2. Do you love the people in the church?

    3. Do you support the activities, programs, work?

    4. What is your level of involvement?

  3. Assemblies of the church

    1. Is attendance important to you?

    2. Do you bring visitors?

    3. Are you participating in worship?

  4. Being Different

    1. We are a peculiar people – different from the world

    2. Lift your head – know that you are not like the world

  5. Life

    1. Problems – overcome them or they will overcome you

    2. Life give us an opportunity to serve others


  1. Your attitude is not a secret – all over your face, actions

  2. How you feel toward something – good or bad – will show through

  3. Moving Forward requires a church with positive attitudes

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