Sunday, August 6, 2017

“I Can’t Get No Satisfaction!” Part 1

Philippians 4:11-13
How content are you? There are surely some who seem to have all the pieces of contentment - career, health, family, wealth - but who are still profoundly discontented.  Contentment, contrary to popular opinion, doesn't just mean being satisfied with what you have.  There is a “secret” to finding contentment. 
Man is “wanting incarnate.”  
Satisfaction vs Contentment
·      Satisfaction is more a state of body and mind.
·      Contentment is more a state of soul and spirit than mind.

I.      The True Definition of “Contentment Philippians 4:11

The greatest statement of Christian maturity is Paul’s statement of contentment in any circumstance.

Contentment - “to be easy of mind, to be free from worry, from guilt, to be satisfied.

Contentment is the result of knowing God's plan for your life, having the conviction to live it, and believing that God's peace is greater than the world's problems.

II.     The True Secret of “Contentment  Philippians 4:12

In v.12 learned the secret” means “instructed” or “initiated into the secret.” It was used for initiation into mystery religions that promised salvation through secret knowledge and ritual.

Relating Christianity to the religious language and concepts of another opens the door for evangelism.

Listening is the first step in effective evangelism. 

III.   The True Source of Contentment  Philippians 4:13

Though the text doesn't tell us who “him” is, the overall context in Philippians leaves no room for doubt. Paul is speaking here of Jesus Christ.

The source of contentment is not grounded in knowledge, circumstance or resource but RELATIONSHIP.

All of nature depends on hidden resources.

Jesus is not just a crisis manager but a life coach.

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