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A Sermon on Contentment

What is contentment?
Contentment means that you are satisfied in your circumstance, with what you have.
Max Lucado In the Grip of Grace: A state of heart in which you would be at peace if God gave you nothing more than he already has.

1. Signs of negative discontent:

a. Comparison with others leading to Jealousy and Envy:
James 3:16: For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

b. Complaining/Grumbling: about people and circumstances.
1 Corinthians 10: 9-10 Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. 10 Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer.

c. Wishing alternative realities
Ecclesiastes 5:18 Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.

d. Greed for money and possessions
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you.

American behavioral scientist February 1, 1995, Marsha Richins: Social Comparison, Advertising, and Consumer Discontent

2. The problem with negative discontent.

a. _______________for His deeds in the Past.
Isaiah 51:1 Look to the rock from which you were hewn And to the quarry from which you were dug.
Luke 17. Jesus heals 10 lepers.

b. ________________for His Promises for the Future.
1 Corinthians 2:9 “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Psalm 37:7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

c. _______________for His Presence in the Present
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you.

3. The solution: How to be content?
a. It is ___________.
Philippians 4:11-12 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Job 36:11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.
Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

b. ___________________

c. There is another _________.

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. 7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.


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Anyone who has lived for any length of time will know that the power of sin over a person’s life is real and strong. In this sermon we examine ways in which to overcome sin.

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1 John 3:1-10; 5:1-5

1. A Christian’s Identity – Sonship/Daughtership

1.1 Born into God’s family
3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God;
5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God
5:5 Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
Romans 8:15 …The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be.

1.2 Against the World
3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.


2.0 A Christian’s Iniquity – Sin:

2.1 Altered relationship to sin.
3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God

2.2 Against God:
3:8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning.
3:10 anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God

3.0 A Christian’s Integrity – Subjugation:

3.1 Do – Purify ourselves and practice righteousness
3:3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
2 Timothy 2:22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness
I Corinthians 9:27 – but I discipline my body and make it my slave.
3:7 the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;

3.2 See – Becoming a Christian
3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

Why did Jesus come?

  1. To take away sins – 1 John 3:5
  2. To destroy the devil’s works 1 John 3:8
  3. To seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10).
  4. So that his sheep might have the abundant life (John 10:10).
  5. To save his people from their sins (Matt. 1:21).

3.3 Know – Fellowship with Him.
3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.



We are all vulnerable. Not everyone is vulnerable all the time, but all of us are vulnerable at some time. Here are seven situations when we can be vulnerable to sin.



  1. Frustrated

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”.

Habakkuk 3:16-18 16 I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

  1. Influences.

2.1 Social. I Corinthians 15.33 Bad company corrupts good character.

2.2 Familial

Proverbs 29:15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it..

  1. Mountaintop

I Kings 18, 19

  1. Indisciplined.

Exodus 20:20

Romans 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

  1. Youth.

Job 13:26 For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth…

  1. Second time.

James 1:15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

  1. Alone

Genesis 2:18 It is not good for man to be alone.

Hebrews 9:14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

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