We live in a society that seems to thrive on discontent. Through so many venues, such as programming, gossip, and advertising, we are confronted with ways for which we learn to be unhappy or dissatisfied. It is not a surprise then that we all know what it is to lack contentment in our lives – with what we have, how much we can get, what we do, what we are like, and what our future promises.
The constant hunger for something more may seem like something we just have to put up with in this far-from-perfect world. But the Bible shows us that discontent is an affliction that works against us, sending us into a never-ending spiral that does nothing but leave us dizzy with wanting more.
Even when we come to know God as our loving father, one of our greatest struggles is finding peace and happiness with what we have; being content with where and who we are right here and now. As dissatisfaction grows in our hearts, we become a negative influence on others, a poor witness for the Word of God, and distracted from our relationship with Him. Ultimately, it can lead to a loss of faith.
Yet Jesus promises that anyone who believes in Him will never again hunger or thirst. The apostle Paul was able to say that he had learned the secret of being grateful in any and every situation. “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11a-13)
Discontent is a problem of our hearts, not our circumstances. Our August Bible study is designed to help us understand why we become discontent, how Jesus Christ alone can help us, and how living a Christ-centered life can bring the treasure of contentment to our daily lives.
Listed below are the readings and themes for each of the upcoming weeks. As you are able, I encourage you to read the scripture prior to our meetings so that we can engage with one another through enriching conversation and discussion.
July 31 - Ecclesiastes 1-5, 9, 12Our Hungry HeartsAugust 7 - John 6:25-42, 60-69 The Only Food that SatisfiesAugust 14 - 1 Timothy 6:3-19 Content with What We HaveAugust 21 - 1 Corinthians 7:1-24 Content with Where We AreAugust 28 - 2 Corinthians 1 and 4 Content When Life is HardSeptember 4 - Luke 6:12-26 The Secret of True Happiness
Please consider joining us Sunday mornings (after our worship service) in Fellowship Hall. I look forward to seeing you there!
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Cedarburg, WI 53012