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The Hidden Pearl of Contentment (15 of 15)
The Book of Philippians: A Verse by Verse Study
In our lesson last week our title was; "Think On These Things," coming from (vv. 8, 9). Our three points were: The Thoughts We Think, The Things We Learn and The Things We Do. All of it had to do with controlling our minds and thinking on the things that bring peace to us and praise to God (vs.9).
This evening we will pick up with (vv. 10-23). If we could underscore one word that would best represent Paul's thoughts in this passage it would be the word "content" or "contentment."
DEF: Grk. Autarkies, "sufficient for oneself, strong enough or possessing enough to need no aid or support; independent of external circumstances. Subjectively, "contented with one's lot, with one's means."
Paul's discussion in the closing of this chapter has to do with the physical needs of life--with food, money, clothing, and shelter...those things we all need in order to maintain and sustain reasonable comfort in life.
The problem, for most, however, is that we are not always comfortable with what we have. We feel we need more--and in some cases, we do need more than we have. But whether we have more or less, God wants us to learn the lesson (and such an important lesson) of trusting Him to meet our needs (vs. 19).
Allow me to give you three points to our outline, as we think about the message, "The Hidden Pearl of Contentment."
I. REJOICING (VS. 9a), "But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly."
Because of their faithful giving: (vs. 10b), "That now at the last your care of me hath flourished again."
ILLUS: On Thursday I received an e-mail from our missionaries to Kenya, the Osbornes. In the closing part of the letter this is what they wrote: "We praise God that someone has given money for a new van motor which was really needed, and about half of t ...
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