by Larry Osborne

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Contentment (9 of 10)
Series: Philippians - Conquering Life's Dungeons and Dragons
Dr. Larry Osborne
Philippians 4:10-14

What Is It and Why Is It So Elusive?

- What's Your Definition?

- The Big Three:

- Human Nature
- Marketing
- American Culture

Today's Passage:
Philippians 4:10-14

- Contentment is learned not acquired.

- It is independent of circumstances.

- Verse 13 is about contentment - not success!

The Secret To Biblical Contentment

1st - Understand What It Is.

The ability to handle anything.

2nd - Understand What It's Not.

1. It's not loving everything just the way it is.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10/ Mark 14:33-42

2. It's not a lack of drive or desire to succeed.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10/ Matthew 20:25-28

3. It's not fatalism.
1 Corinthians 7:20-21

4. It's not laziness.
Proverbs 13:4/ Proverbs 24:30-34

3rd - Watch Out For "Contentment Killers."

1. The myth of greener grass.
Ecclesiastes 1:1-18-2:1-11

2. Comparison and greed.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 and John 21:18-22/ Ecclesiastes 5:10 and Proverbs 23:4-5

3. Unrealistic goals and dreams.
Proverbs 13:12

4. Poison people and things.
Proverbs 14:30/ Matthew 18:8-9

4th - Give Jesus The Steering Wheel!
Philippians 4:13/ Galatians 2:20/ 1 Corinthians 10

Looking back at this week's message, which of the four "Contentment Killers" is most likely to rob you of the ability to handle anything and accept what can't be changed?

Is there anything you could do to reduce or eliminate that "Contentment Killer"?

Growth Group Homework

QUICK REVIEW: This weekend we took a look at what biblical contentment is and what it is not. Looking back over your notes, what did you find most interesting, challenging or even troubling from this week's message?

1. The Apostle Paul emphasized that contentment is learned, not acquired with success or possessions. ...

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