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Combating Selfishness - by Michael Phillips
Baxter on Selfishness - Part 2 of 3
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Philippians 2:3-4
Oct 15, 2003 pm - Last week, we began a study of Richard Baxter on Selfishness. The chapter is taken from his huge book, A Christian Directory, and aims to help us identity our selfishness, and by God's grace, to replace it with something better. How do we do this? Much can be said here, but Baxter starts with obvious. If you want to resist your selfish desires, you have to realize how bad they are. Selfishness is not a minor sin or a small personal defect. Baxter says it is a radical sin that produces all others. And not only that, but it also leads to all the suffering and misery in the world. It corrupts you from the inside out and it's the hardest sin in the world to overcome. And that's why there are very few who even address it, no less put it to death. This is where you start fighting your selfishness: by admitting that you are this way and that it is an awful way to be. This is Richard Baxter's first Directive. Tonight, with the Lord's help, we'll take up two or three more of them. These are shorter than the first one, and so we can easily cover them all in one study, I believe. If you want to combat your selfishness. THINK OF HOW WONDERFUL LIFE WOULD BE WITHOUT IT. "Consider often how ... More >>>

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