We live in a world where innovation is at an all-time high. It seems that every week a newer version of something you just purchased is on the market. It’s bigger and better and it fuels a feeling of discontentment. How can we live with simplicity in a world that forever tempts us to be discontent with what we have and to fill our lives with more? Thankfully, the Bible has a lot to say about contentment. In these six sessions, we will discover biblical principles for simplicity and contentment—and it begins with a focus on Christ. By the end of this unit, we will all be able to say with the apostle Paul, “In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:12-13).
Session 1: A Centered Life
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34
The Point: When your life is centered in Christ, everything else falls into place.
Session 2: A Daily Pursuit
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9
The Point: Deepen your relationship with God by spending time with Him every day.
Session 3: The Key to Contentment
Scripture: Philippians 4:10-20
The Point: True contentment comes through Christ alone.
Session 4: Godly Contentment
Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-11,17-19
The Point: Godliness with contentment is great gain.
Session 5: A Slower Pace
Scripture: Exodus 20:8-11; 31:12-17
The Point: Rest is a gift from God.
Session 6: Uncomplicated Relationships
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-12
The Point: Let God’s love drive how you relate to others.