By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
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                    A HANDOUT IF YOU CARE TO USE IT
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  INTRODUCTION:
       A.  God promised _________________ through Jesus - Isaiah 9:6.
            1.  The world offers only superficial peace.
            2.  Externals are soon removed.
       B.  Study Philippians 4 - contentment is a product of several factors.
       C.  Philippians 4:_______ - Paul had such contentment.
       D.  In this lesson, let's notice some factors that produce contentment.
   I.  STAND ______ ___ _____ ________ - PHILIPPIANS 4:1.
       A.  We must have our roots deep in God.
            1.  ________________ 2:8-9 - not in ourselves.
            2.  Build - anchor in God.
            3.  Hebrews 12:1-2 - looking unto Jesus.
            4.  Example:  Peter walking on the water.
       B.  Trust in God's _____________ .
            1.  Ephesians 6:10.
            2.  Example:  David;  Three Hebrew children - Daniel.
            3.  Paul - Philippians 3:4.
            4.  Philippians 4:13 - This is where we should put our anchor.
  II.  ________ ________ ____________ - PHILIPPIANS 4:2.
       A.  NOTE:  He exhorts each one individually.
       B.  We need to learn to work out our personal differences.
       C.  Philippians _______ - No pride, selfishness, conceit.
       D.  Romans 12:10 - honor above yourselves - (prefer).
 III.  WE MUST BE ___________ ___________ - PHILIPPIANS 4:3.
       A.  Jesus was always serving.
       B.  We must cultivate an attitude where everyone enjoys their work in the
           church.
  IV.  WE MUST OVERCOME ANXIETY - PHILIPPIANS 4:________.
       A.  Rejoice - v. 4.
            1.  Paul is in jail while writing this letter.
       B.  Be gentle - v. ___.
       C.  Do not be ___________ - v. 6a - (Do not worry).
       D.  Pray with thanksgiving - v. 6b - (For all things).
       E.  Let Jesus' ________ _______ your hearts - v. 7.
   V.  GET YOUR THINKING RIGHT - PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9.
       A.  Contentment is directly connected to the way we think.
       B.  If we think negatively we react negatively. If we think positively we will react
           positively.
  VI.  KNOW GOD'S POWER TO __________ - PHILIPPIANS 4:19.
       A.  Paul knew his God.  He knew God's power to get things done.
       B.  Psalm 37.
   CONCLUSION:
       A.  Are you content?
       B.  Are you willing to let these factors take their place in your life to develop
           contentment in you?
       C.  The decision is up to you.   	
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