- What picture comes to mind when you think of contentment? A baby cooing? A man who’s life is filled with luxury and ease? A hammock? Water lapping at the side of your boat?
- Do you agree or disagree: expectations are everything? How have expectations filtered what you read, listen to, or see in regards to COVID-19?
- Would you rate “discontentment” as a serious sin? Why or why not?
- The significance of our discontentment. Not treating it as a serious sin.
- Consider making this prayer your own: “Lord, I am willing To receive what You give. To lack what You withhold. To relinquish what You take, To suffer what You inflict, To be what you require.”
- What is biblical contentment?
- Contentment is not determined by our circumstances. How could Paul sit in prison suffering, and say, “in whatever situation, I am content”?
- Discontent leads to what other sins?
- False contentment is revealed by plenty and want. How does our response to our circumstances (plenty or in want) reveal where we are really trusting, worshipping, prizing, delighting?
- Do you think it is more difficult to be content when in poverty or prosperity?
- What does Sinclair Ferguson mean when he says, “Everything we need and everything we lack is found in Jesus Christ?"
- How did Paul learn contentment? How do we learn contentment?
- Discontent flourishes where there is confusion about God or ignorance of God. How would your perspective change if (sarcastically) there was a sovereign, covenant keeping God overseeing all your circumstances?
- How would you translate Phil. 4:13?
- When are you most likely to say, “God is so good”? When are we least likely to say this?
- What do I want that I cannot control getting? Or What am I getting that I don’t want and can’t control?
- How am I responding? What has God promised in His Word that I can rest on in accordance with this situation?
- What is happening in your life right now that makes you think, God isn’t good, or He wouldn’t have allowed this? How could this situation work for your spiritual good?