Contented

Contented

Freedom: Discovering Your Identity in Christ

“Contented”

Hebrews 13:5 & Philippians 4:11-13

The truth sets us free from the bondage of lies.

      Lie: Contentment is purchased.

                Lie: Money will give me freedom.

                Lie: Money will give me security.

                Lie: Money will give me significance.

                Lie: Money will give me happiness.

      Truth: Contentment is learned.

                We learn through difficulty that God is working.

                We learn through need that God is faithful.

                We learn through plenty that God is providing.

                We learn through experience that God is enough.

Contentment is found in a trusting dependence on God.

       “Lord, I am content in You. Whatever comes my way, I will trust You.”

LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Life

  1. Name/describe an advertisement that effectively creates discontent.
  2. What was the last thing you bought that you really didn’t need?
  3. What are you drawn to when you feel empty inside? Are you more inclined to want more possessions or better circumstances?
  4. We looked at four ways that we learn contentment. Which one best describes what God has taught you? Which one are you still learning/need to learn?
  5. On a scale of 1-10 between discontentment and contentment, where would you place yourself?
  6. What could you give away to break the power of greed in your life and demonstrate that God is all you need?

Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Trustworthy Steward of God’s Resources/Living Surrendered

 

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2 Comments

  1. david

    As briefly as I can.

    First an excellent sermon. Thank you.

    Six years ago I was called to personal direct evangelism. The speaker talks about Americans not fully appreciating how well off they are. As I walk to work, walk around the DC metro area, I see people sleeping on park benches, on or under bridges. On the mall a vet came up and told me he was physically a wreck homeless all of it. Christ went out of his way to touch lepers. Street people today are modern day lepers. I see so many people ignore them.

    I currently carry eight New Testaments at all times with one dollar inside, along with a one page How May I Become A Christian. In each book I dog ear and underscore Luke 16:19-31. When I give books to these street people, the vet, I emphasize the story that Christ told in Luke and tell them that it’s not about how you live your life here, it’s where you spend eternity and the one page will tell you how. (It has three bullet points telling them how to accept Christ.)

    I so often give them an extra five dollars to get something to eat. So yes I know how these people live and Job 1:21 has become so real to me these past six years. And I’ll, suggest something. For the veterans and others, it’s not just the money I give them, they do appreciate that, but that I talk to them, spend time with them, treat them like real people not some sort of subhuman.

    Thank you for your patience.

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