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Great Gain

January 6, 2013 Speaker: Adam Tyson Series: 1 Timothy

Topic: Great Gain Passage: 1 Timothy 6:6–6:10

1 Timothy 6:6-10
Christian contentment is not based on your circumstances but based on Christ. We are often tempted to find contentment in earthly riches but this passage reminds us that tthere are many dangers awaiting those who are captivated by the love of money. True contentment is not what you have on the outside but what God has given you on the inside through Christ. How true is it that godliness accompanied by contentment is great gain!
This morning, Pastor Tyson teaches on FOUR TRUTHS about being content:
1.  Accept that godliness with contentment is great gain (v. 6)
Be godly
Be content
2.  Acknowledge that what you have was given to you (v. 7)
You brought nothing into the world
You can take nothing out of the world
3.  Appreciate that the basic needs of life are enough (v. 8)
Are you thankful for food?
Are you thankful for clothing?
4.  Avoid the dangers of longing for more money (vv. 9-10)
Seven Dangers of Longing for Money
Falling into temptation
Getting caught in a snare
Having foolish and harmful desires
Being plunged into ruin and destruction
Becoming the root of all sorts of evil
Causing you to wander from the faith
Piercing yourself with many griefs
Five Considerations to Attain Contentment
(Adapted from Jeremiah Burroughs' Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment)
Consider the abundance of God's mercy and the absence of eternal punishment (consider the gospel).
Consider the encouragement to seek the things that are above, where Christ is.
Consider all the helps in the world as little good unless we get a good temper within our hearts.
Consider the creatures that sufferfor us; why should we not be willing to suffer in order to be serviceable to God?
Consider that we have but a little time in this world.
"Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition."  - Jeremiah Burroughs