The Ridge Church
Godly Contentment
Sept 22 - Sunday Morning Bible Study Outline
Locations & Times
  • The Ridge Church
    7350 Old Hwy 13, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 9:00 AM
The Point

Godliness with contentment is great gain.
Life Connection

Possessions can give us a feeling of security. That sentiment, if left unchecked, can lead to hoarding. If possessions give me security, then more possessions will give me more security. This is not just a problem with hoarders. Most of us feel better off with more possessions, or at least having better possessions. But the contentment we seek from such things eludes us. God offers us a simpler approach to contentment: it grows out of our relationship with Him.
The Setting

The church at Ephesus had run into serious problems because of false teachers who had influenced the congregation in harmful ways. Paul appointed Timothy to lead the church so the problems could be corrected and spiritual health restored. He wrote Timothy a letter in which he gave instructions on how to proceed with the needed corrections. The letter came to be known as 1 Timothy. In the letter, Paul addressed false teachings about money and possessions.
What did you enjoy collecting as a kid?
Why does contentment seem so elusive today?

When has a desire for a specific possession led you to feel discontented?
What kinds of ‘traps’ can an unhealthy pursuit of wealth create?

How can we recognize when money is becoming an idol?

What part of Paul’s instruction in verse 11 do you find most challenging?
What would it look like to obey Paul’s commands in these verses today?

What truths about God help you put your hope in Him, rather than your possessions?
How will you pursue godliness with contentment?

Be content. Begin your day—every day—with a focus on Christ. Ask Him to transform your thoughts from self to living a godly life for Him. Commit to finding your contentment in the things God provides and choose to live
for Him.

Be accountable. If you struggle with craving and buying things to give you a sense of security and contentment, choose someone you trust to be your coach and mentor, holding you accountable for how you spend your finances. Seek a person who will encourage you to find your contentment in God alone.

Be generous. If you’re not in the habit of giving, start. Give faithfully through your church. When you see a need, forego a purchase for yourself and step in to help with the need.
We don’t get our contentment from people or things, no matter how many things or relationships we surround ourselves with. A more achievable approach to contentment grows out of our relationship with Christ.