I LONG TO BE CONTENT
TO PUT AWAY GRUMBLING
PAUL SAYS THERE IS A SECRET TO CONTENTMENT
A SECRET TO BEING CONTENT IN PLENTY
OR IN WANT
I understand why we would need the secret for times of want
and it humbles me to see Paul’s contentment in a prison pit.
We need the secret of contentment in plenty?
Yes. Perhaps more.
Philippians 4:4-13 gives us a three-fold secret: Thinking, Thanking, and Loving. (See last week’s blog if you have just joined us.) Watch this story of a man who faced great loss but was able to have contentment despite it all. See if you can see how Horatio Spafford practiced this three-fold secret:
Our own Chris has endured such suffering and has come out like gold. For those of you who haven’t seen this, you must — and for all of us, it is a good reminder of rock solid truth that can help us in times of sorrow. (Sorry it appears twice!)
1. What stands out to you from the above, and why?
2. Do you agree that perhaps we need the secret more in times of plenty? Why or why not?
Tuesday: How Spafford practiced the three-fold secret:
2. Click here to see the lyrics of It Is Well With My Soul and find evidence that Spafford practiced:
Wednesday/Thursday: Free Keller Sermon
3. Listen to the Keller sermon and share your notes: link
4. Apply thinking, thanking, and loving to a situation you face right now.
Friday: Philippians 4:14-23
5. Read Philippians 4:14-23
A. Remember that Paul is in prison, which was a pit with no bathroom facilities and no food, except what friends supplied. How, according to verses 14-17, were the Philippians exceptional?
B. What does Paul see will happen in their lives as a result of their giving from a pure heart?
C. What promise is given in verse 19? Do you believe this?
6. What is your take-a-way concerning these two weeks on contentment?
7. What do you think you will remember, in a year, from our study of Philippians?
Next week we head into a new study. Pray for me, pray for us, that He will quicken all of us.