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Contentment During the Coronavirus

April 19, 2020 Speaker: Michael Knight Series: Special Topics

Topic: Contentment Passage: Philippians 4:10–4:20

How can we be content during difficult times? The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle of Philippians during his imprisonment in Rome. The church at Philippi, to whom Philippians was written, sent gifts to meet Paul's need even though they themselves were in need. Paul writes to thank the Philippians and to show them how they can be content during difficult circumstances. Let's examine Philippians 4 to find out how we can learn to have inner peace during times of hardship.

  1. What is contentment?
  • “An internal satisfaction which does not demand changes in external circumstances.” (Holman Bible Dictionary)
  • To be content is to be satisfied with one’s lot regardless of the external circumstance. (2 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 6:8; Hebrews 13:5)
  1. How to be content?
  • Focus on God’s Person, the Lord Jesus. (Philippians 4:4)
  • Focus on God’s presence. (Philippians 4:5)
  • Focus on God’s plan. (Philippians 4:6-7; Romans 8:28-29)
  • Focus on God’s precepts/principles. (Philippians 4:8)
  • Focus on God’s power. (Philippians 4:13)
  • Focus on God’s promises. (Philippians 4:19)
  • Focus on God’s peace. (Philippians 4:7, 9)

Christian contentment can be summed up this way: I have Jesus Christ, and He is enough!