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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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Two Classes

We can divide human beings into a million classes and sub-classes based on various criteria. However, there can only be two classes at the end.

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Two Classes

Text: Luke 19:1-10

1. The Lure of Money

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Hebrews 13:5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Luke 18:22

2. Genuine Change

Matthew 12:33 a tree is recognized by its fruit.

3. Two Classes

Retirement Planning Part 1

How best can we invest our current resources so that we would get the most benefit in the future? We look at 7 areas that we can invest in.

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Retirement Planning

I Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

  1. Money

Galatians 6:6 Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

Isaiah 7.10

  1. Time

Ephesians 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

  1. Effort

Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Haggai 2:4 But now be strong, O Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.

  1. Senses

Matthew 6:22,23 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Mark 4:24