Monday, October 8, 2007

Thoughts on Contentment, Part 1

Yesterday (Sunday 10/7/07), our Pastor spoke in both our morning and evening services on the subject of contentment from Philippians 4. Here are some key points from the morning sermon:

We can be content. It is possible to be content whether we have much or whether we "suffer need" (vs. 12). Verse 13 reminds us that we can do all things Christ wants us to do.

Giving is a closely related concept to contentment. The Christians of Philippi demonstrated a desire to help both Paul and others. Paul also desired to see them bear "fruit that may abound". These Christians, especially Paul, also demonstrated an attitude of gratitude. In verse 19, there is a promise of provision—contentment is admittedly easier when you recognize that your needs will be met! We do not always know when God will meet our needs, or how, or in what specific way; but His provision in His time is always best for us. Notice that the passage ends with a pronouncement of praise in verse 20.

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