The Ridge Church
The Key to Contentment
Sept 15 - Sunday Morning Bible Study Outline
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  • The Ridge Church
    7350 Old Hwy 13, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 9:00 AM
The Point

True contentment comes through Christ alone.
Life Connection

Life would be simpler if we didn’t have to think about paying bills or taxes, right? Or at least if we had more money, we wouldn’t worry or feel stressed. That seems logical, but such contentment does not come from our bank balance; it begins in our hearts. The apostle Paul knew this from experience, and he gave us the “secret” to being content regardless of our finances.
The Setting

The church at Philippi had sent Paul a gift to support him in his missionary work. Epaphroditus delivered the gift, but he got terribly sick in the process. Paul took care of Epaphroditus until he recovered, then sent Epaphroditus back to the Philippian Christians with a letter in which Paul expressed his joy over their gift and his contentment in Christ. We refer to the letter as the Epistle to the Philippians.
What makes you feel especially content?
What obstacles keep us from experiencing contentment?

Why is God’s strength a necessary ingredient for contentment?
How can we practically support and care for one another?

When has someone’s generosity overwhelmed you?
How have you experienced God supplying your needs?

What do you appreciate about Paul’s attitude expressed in these verses?”

What truths about God encourage you to be generous?
A life of simplicity finds contentment in Christ alone. How can you live out that truth?

Choose Contentment. Evaluate your heart for signs of discontentment. Ask yourself: Am I trusting in money more than in Jesus? Do money and possessions bring me more joy than Jesus? Can I really say, “Christ is all
I need?”

Choose to Trust. Make a daily decision not to allow circumstances to determine how content you will be in this life. Memorize Philippians 4:12-13 to remind you to trust Christ for all things: “In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Choose to Give. Give of your time, talent, or treasures. Sometimes the cure for discontentment is to give to others. Find those with needs and give to them. Let God use you as His answer to their prayers.
As situations in our lives change, we should choose to be content. Keeping our focus on Christ is the key to contentment in every circumstance.