Below is a brief review of our meeting yesterday, as well as a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Gene read John 1:1-14 as a call to worship.
We sang Hope of the World and Stay and Wait.
Juan Ledon read Psalm 84 and we sang All I Have is Christ.
Gene prayed and introduced Spencer Vaughn, Associate Pastor and Worship Pastor of Sovereign Grace Community Church in Roanoke. Spencer preached the message, "Contentment in Christ" based off of Philippians 4:10-13.
After the message we gave our offerings and sang Psalm 62.
Gene encouraged visitors to stop by the Connect Desk and invited everyone to attend the Christmas Eve Service on December 24 at 6:30 pm.
Gene closed our time together with a benediction.
Quotes highlighted during the message:
“These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. “All weeds grow apace." Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, because they are indigenous to earth: and so, we need not teach men to complain; they complain fast enough without any education. But the precious things of the earth must be cultivated.” --Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening
“Suffering is having what you don’t want, and wanting what you don’t have. Subtract your wants and you’ll have contentment. The world will try to improve its circumstances to match its desires, increase its health, money, beauty and power. It is wiser to subdue your heart to match your circumstances. Christians may not be able to rule their life situations, but they can rule their hearts.” --Joni Eareckson Tada
“Some plants die if they are too much exposed. It may be that you are planted in some sheltered part of the garden where you do not get so much sun as you would like, but you are put there as a plant of his own righteous planting that you may bring forth fruit unto perfection. Remember this! Had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you now are, God would have put you there. Let the Lord choose for you.” --Charles Spurgeon
“My brethren, the reason why you do not have contentment in the things of the world is NOT that you do not have enough of them. The reason is that they are not things proportional to that immortal soul of yours that is capable of God Himself.”--Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
1. When difficulties abound it can be challenging to focus on contentment. What are some present difficulties that make it difficult for you to believe that all you really need is Jesus? In what ways, big or small, have you experienced the Lord meeting you in these trials? Are you truly willing, as Charles Spurgeon said, to "Let the Lord choose for you" in this area?
2. Spencer taught that genuine Christian contentment is about prizing the excellencies of Christ. How does this differ from a worldly view of self-sufficiency?
3. Read Joni Eareckson Tada's quote above. What are some practical ways that a community can work together to help one another subtract our wants?
4. Spencer said that rather than focusing on what we need for contentment, we ought to spend time thinking about what God has done through us and realize that we have been given much! In what ways can you more intentionally thank God for His blessings?
5. Spencer read multiple verses to remind us of how much God has done for His children. Read through each passage again and consider which ones you need to camp out on most this week.
Posted on Mon, December 1, 2014
by Serena Walker