When you live with God’s riches, you have everything you need to be content and generous.

Notes And Next Steps

Philippians 4:10-20  + Part 7 of the series “Be Happy."

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:12,13)

Contentment does not come from what happens to us in life, but in what we believe about what happens to us in life.

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. (Philippians 4:12).

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (Philippians 4:11)

How did Jesus see his own circumstances?

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord. (Philippians 4:10)

… the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:18,19)

God owns all of your stuff, and asks you to take care of it in a way that honors him, makes him look good, thanks him, and shares with others.

Discussion Questions

  1. Describe 3 other situations in which a 4-year-old might not be content. How do these help you understand grown-ups who might not be content?
  2. Read Philippians 4:19. How do you explain this to someone who can’t pay their bills?
  3. Can you remember a time when you gave with joyful generosity and it made you happy? Tell about it.
  4. Can you give a gift to the Pakistan mission?