We Must Learn the Secret of Contentment
in Order to Finish Well
Bible Study Objectives:
To remind us that contentment is an inner peace which external circumstances cannot alter: Philippians 4:11
To remind us that God owns it all, He can be trusted to provide for us for He is sovereign: Psalms 146:6, 37:25, 75:6-7
To remind us that as stewards we simply manage the affairs of another and will one day give an account: Luke 16:2
To remind us that ignoring God brings unhappiness, obeying God brings us happiness: Isaiah 57:20, Luke 11:28, John 13:17
What Every Good Steward Needs To Know To Get His-Her House In Order: II Kings 20:1
1. Contentment is a feeling of satisfaction regardless of circumstances and it can be learned by all: Philippians 4:11-19
2. Godliness is wonderful, but it only results in great gain when united with contentment: I Timothy 6:6-19, Colossians 3:8-17
3. Covetousness/consumerism wrongly teaches that we are defined by what we have and not who we are: Exodus 20:17
4. The sin of covetousness is listed with the other despicable sins that destroy happiness – joy – peace: Ephesians 5:1-33
5. We are to respond to the sin of covetousness just as we would to any life-threatening disease or event: Colossians 3:5
6. Jesus warned us to avoid becoming consumed with the thinking that more stuff brings peace – contentment: Luke 12:15
7. When we choose to be around covetous people we pick up their sinful values and become ensnared: I Corinthians 5:9-11
8. Jesus warned us about living like the rich man who excluded God from his daily planning: Matthew 6:19-20, Luke 12:20
9. Violating the tenth commandment will make us susceptible to violating all of God’s commands: Exodus 20:1-17, James 2:10
10. When we pursue more temporary stuff we lose, when we pursue pleasing God we experience winning: Colossians 3:1-25
11. We are to pray asking God to open our eyes to the sin of covetousness and to focus on true riches: Psalms 119:36
12. Contentment does not come from money/stuff, we can learn to be content with very little: Ecclesiastes 5:10, I Timothy 6:8
13. Learning to be thankful every day is the magic medicine that removes covetousness: Colossians 3:15, Hebrews 13:5,15
Bible Study Summary:
1. We must learn to be content with what we have, but never content with who we are, we must grow: I Peter 2:2
2. When we murmur/complain/covet, God will discipline us and it will not be pleasant: I Corinthians 10:10, Hebrews 12:11
3. When we think about the goodness of almighty God, it should drive us to our knees in real repentance: Romans 2:4
4. When we learn to get off the merry go round of consumerism then we have time for generosity: I John 3:17, Acts 2:45
He’s all I need. When I just need someone to talk to, He’s always there to hear my prayer each time I call Him. All my needs He supplies, my thirsty soul He satisfies, He’s the Lord of Lords.
He’s all I need. He comforts me when I’m weary and eases every pain, fills my deepest longings time and time again. He’s my soul’s inspiration my heart’s consolation, He’s my everything; He’s all I need.
He’s all I need. I need not turn to any other, for he’s a friend I can depend on closer than any brother. On this friend I can rely to be my strength as life goes by, He’s the Lord of Lords.
He’s all I need. He comforts me when I’m weary and eases every pain, fills my deepest longings time and time again. He’s my soul’s inspiration, my heart’s consolation, He’s my everything; He’s all I need.
The Above lesson was written by Tommy Dowling
a Sunday School Teacher for over 40 years.
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