TEACHER: Ken Hicks
SCRIPTURES: Philippians 4:11-13
BOTTOM LINE: The Thanksgiving Secret: Contentment
QUESTION: How did the Early Church cultivate such a grateful heart, spirit and ministry together?
Thanksgiving and Contentment are virtually inseparable, and what I hope we can see and hear me say this morning is that it is possible to be Content. It is possible to overflow from a Heart of Gratitude, even in the midst of really, difficult, hard times.
So let’s take a walk this morning w/ the Apostle Paul … to a house somewhere on the winding streets of Ancient Romewhere Paul is being held under House Arrest… awaiting trial for being a trouble maker.
Outside, the door stands a Roman solder, guarding the house, but chances are he would let you in without any trouble for a visit.
Inside, you can hear a voice speaking and the scratch of a quill busy putting ink to paper. Paul is dictating a letter to the Church at Philippi … and if we listen early on in his letter, we’ll hear some really powerful nuggets of what Paul was sharing too.
- LEARN to be CONTENT!
- LEARN to be CONTENT no matter WHAT is Put On Our Plate!
- LEARN to be CONTENT no matter WHAT is Put On Our Plate … because CHRIST is ENOUGH!
Jesus is enough. If we have exchanged our Lives w/ the Life, Death & Resurrection of Jesus, we have the Power of Love behind us. We have a God who hears us, and we have the Holy Spirit within us!
When God sent Jesus to earth, Jesus became a bridge of forgiveness in our life so that we might be restored into a righteous relationship w/ God. He became the provision of Jesus is what made a way for you and I to be Forgiven, to experience Grace for our Flesh.
And amidst all of that, Jesus is enough. Enough for Forgiveness … enough for Grace … and enough to Learn to be Content in whatever is on our Plate.