Philippians 4:11-13 (869)
“Please preach a sermon on being content with what you have.”
A. We are living in a society in which there are people suffering from anxiety, frustration
and worry. Apathy, indifference and unconcern are manifested.
B. In view of these conditions, we need to learn contentment.
I. What is contentment?
A. What contentment isn’t
1. Contentment isn’t satisfaction. Examples:
2. Contentment isn’t the lack of desire for something better. Example:
3. Contentment isn’t the lack of concern. Examples:
B. What is contentment?
1. Eugene W. Clevenger defines contentment as follows: “It is submission to the
vicissitudes (circumstances, changes) of life without anxiety in the belief that there
is a good heavenly Father who knows our needs and will supply them.”
II. The scriptures teach the importance of contentment.
A. We must learn contentment because we aren’t born with contentment.
Philippians 4:11: “for I have learned to be content.”
1. Luke 9:57-58 (761). What did this man need to understand?
2. Luke 12:15. The purpose of life isn’t to gain material possessions..
3. Matthew 6:25,33 (706). We have a good heavenly Father who knows our needs
and will supply them. Matthew 7:11 (707-708)
B. The scriptures emphasize contentment.
1. We should be content in times of adversity. Acts 20:22-24 (821)
2. We should be content with our salary. Luke 3:12-14 (752)
3. We should be content with our material possessions. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (878)
4. The Apostle Paul’s contentment. Philippians 4:11-13 (869); 1:12,18; 4:4. When
Paul wrote this letter in was in prison.
Conclusion: As Christians we should be content …. because we have a good heavenly Father
Who knows our needs and will supply them.