Prepare for October 18, 2020

Weekly Gathered

What is your favorite Disney song? Surely one of the most well-loved is the one with these verses.

Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-Day

My, oh my, what a wonderful day!

Plenty of sunshine, headin’ my way

Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-Day.

Mr. Bluebird’s on my shoulder

It’s the truth, it’s actual

Everything is satisfact’l

Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-Day

Wonderful feelin’, Feelin’ this way!

It’s a fun tune: a cheerful, lively, and peppy song. The only problem is that it’s not realistic. Not every day is a wonderful day; we don’t always enjoy plenty of sunshine, everything is not “satisfact’l,” nor are all our feelings “wonderful.” At the same time, however, God does make a powerful promise to those who belong to Jesus Christ: He promises contentment.

As you prepare for our weekly gathering, please read Phil. 4:10-23. As yourself these questions for further reflection…

  • Based on Phil. 4:10, what is the occasion of Paul’s letter to the Philippians?
  • Based on Phil. 4:11, do Christians automatically start off content in their walk of faith?
  • What is contentment? Does the prospect of learning contentment appeal to you or unsettle you?
  • How does the context of Phil. 4:10-13 change your interpretation of Phil. 4:13?

See you Sunday!