Sermon Summary | "A Rare Jewel in a Pandemic"
In this passage, Paul rejoices in the gift the Philippian church has sent, not because of what he has physically received but because of their concern for him, and then reveals the secret to true contentment. C.J. drew our attention to these 3 facets of Paul’s contentment: It was learned, it was not dependent on circumstance, and it was found in Christ. Through many severe trials, Paul maintained a focus on Christ, treasuring him above all and trusting him in every circumstance. We too can learn to be content in every circumstance as we focus on Jesus and grow to love him so that we may count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord.
- How have you misapplied or misunderstood Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”?
- What is your contentment (or lack thereof) in Christ saying about God to those that witness your life? What do you want it to say?
- We do not learn contentment from focusing on contentment, but focusing on Christ. What want has taken your focus from Christ?
- Jeremiah Burroughs’ was quoted, saying “it may be, that [this] is the reason why your outward comforts are taken from you, that God may be all in all to you.“ How have you seen growth in godly contentment as a result of your losses (or perceived losses)?
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