Outline: How to be Content

June 26, 2013

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Title: How to be Content

Philippians 4:4-9



The entire thrust and theme of Philippians is joy.  It is fitting that Paul would conclude this epistle with the subject of contentment.  He gives four basic elements of finding contentment regardless of our circumstance.


1. Contentment and Praise (v4-5)

A. The Command of Praise-Rejoice in the Lord”

B. The Condition of Praise- “Rejoice in the Lord alway:”

C. The Continuation of Praise- “and again I say, Rejoice.”


2. Contentment and Prayer (v6)

A. The Anxiety of a Believer“Be careful for nothing;”

B. The Approach of a Believer-but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving”

C. The Asking of the Believer- “let your requests be made known unto God.”


3. Contentment and Peace (v7)

A. A Divine Peace- “And the peace of God,”

B. A Deep Peace- “which passeth all understanding,”

C. A Defending Peace– “shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”


4. Contentment and Pondering (v8)

A. Things of Value-Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,”

B. Things of Virtue- “whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”



Contentment is something learned.  When we are satisfied in who we are in Christ, and His plans for our lives we will find ourselves depending less on external forces and more on internal faith.


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