Bought by the Blood

July 13, 2008

Contentment

Filed under: contentment,John Piper,philippians — cubsfan1980 @ 1:15 am
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  • Define Contentment
  • Philippians 4:11-12 “11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
    • What are the practical implication of Philippians 4:11-12
      • Content is something that we learn
      • Our contentment is not based on our circumstances
      • In Psalm 16 we learn how to be content as we get a portrait of the content heart
        • V.2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
          I have no good apart from you.”
          • Our only good is in God
            • How do you think of good days vs. bad days?
            • Any day lived in light of the Gospel is a good day
        • V. 5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
          you hold my lot.
          • What is  our inheritance?
            • Our relationship w/God which provides purpose to our live and the only lasting joy.  We have the hope of Heaven
          • He holds all of the blessings we have
          • Is the cup half empty or half full?
            • The cups is actually overflowing (Psalm 23:5)
        • V.6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
          indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
          • What are the boundary lines?
            • Our circumstances have been allotted to us by God.  He has drawn lines around our lives like properly lines and He will keep us safe.  Because the lines are from God, they must be good because God only gives good gifts.
        • V. 11 You make known to me the path of life;
          in your presence there is fullness of joy;
          at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
          • Where do we find joy?
            • In knowing God and communing w/ Him.  Through the Gospel we have pleasure for all eternity.  There is no greater pleasure than growing in our knowledge of God. 
              • The critical question for our generation-and for every generation-is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there” John Piper from God is the Gospel
                • We look forward to Heaven because we look forward to spending eternity w/Christ and not having our sin hinder our relationship w/Him
      • What is our motivation for contentment?
        • Philippians 3:8 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ”
          • Paul’s only desire is for more of Christ.  He considers everything else in this life, rubbish compared to life.  All of the good things this world has to offer pales in comparison to Christ.
      • Is there a good kind of discontentment?
        • We should never be content to stay where we are spiritually, but always seek to know more of God’s glory, character and in our own personal holiness.
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