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Study Guide #3 Contentment

Dr. Randy Johnson
Growth Pastor

I enjoy watching some of the real estate shows like House Hunters, House Hunters International, Buying Alaska, Hawaii Life, Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Million Dollar Listing, Buying the Bayou, Island Hunters, and Caribbean Life.  However, one of the aspects of the show that really bothers me is how in every episode the agent shows the buyers at least one house well over their budget.  The goal is to pressure the buyer into thinking they “need” or “deserve” something more.

My wife and I have lived in the same house for over 25 years.  In buying a house, there is something called the 30% rule (it used to be the 25% rule).  It is the concept that 30% of your income should be spent on housing.  This can be dangerous because it ignores the concept of what we need and jumps to what we deserve or can have.  Often people get in over their head when they realize that insurance, taxes, water, electric, heat, and the array of cleaners start to add up.

How long have you lived in your present place?
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of brothers or sisters sharing a room?
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House hunting is one of the areas that can challenge us in the area of contentment.  The Bible addresses the topic of contentment.

Matthew 6:25-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  34 ‘Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.’”

What does the word anxious mean?
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From these verses, what is the remedy for this kind of anxiety or anxiousness?
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How is verse 32 comforting?
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What does “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” mean and what are some ways this is done?
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The word “contentment” is only found twice in Scripture.  Job 20:20 describes an evil man who abuses others and has no boundaries.  He will not prosper. The other use is found in 1 Timothy 6:6-10,
“But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

How does verse 6 correspond to Romans 8:28 (“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”)?
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How can the “desire to be rich” cause us to fall into temptation?
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How can the “love of money” cause us to fall into temptation?
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Luke 12 contains the parallel account of Jesus’ message.  Verse 25 asks a very pointed rhetorical question, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

What kind of things do people worry about?
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How can worry help us?
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Paul speaks of his own life in Philippians 4:10-13.
“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

In what situations do people quote verse 13?
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Verse 13 is the end of a paragraph (starting in verse 10).  What is the topic of the paragraph?
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According to this passage, what can we do?
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Christian author John Ortberg has said, “My main job is to live with deep contentment, joy, and confidence in my everyday experience of life with God. Everything else is job number two.”

In conclusion, what do we need?
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Take time this week and figure out your spending percentages (Reference your checkbook and credit card statements).

Housing
            Monthly payment
            Insurance
            Property tax
            Utilities
            Maintenance (HOA, lawn, snow, cleaners)

Transportation
            Monthly payment
            Insurance
            Fuel
           
Food
            Groceries
            Eating out

Healthcare

Childcare

Clothing

Loans (Schooling, credit card interest, personal loans)

Retirement

Leisure/Hobbies

Do you have a category for God?

 

“For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.”
Luke 12:34

 



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