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Questions for Children (or anyone else)
Contentment or Crisis?
Sunday, March 29 2020
Click here for: Philippians 4 Printable Worksheet
Draw a Phoenician ship or port with the goods described in Eze 27:12-24.
Was the apostle Paul ever hungry or poor? Have you ever gone hungry because there wasn't enough food?
How did Paul learn contentment?
Would you be content if you didn't ever get to play your favorite games? Would you be content if you only got one meal of rice per day? Would you be content if one of your best friends or relatives died?
Name the three things that can help us be content in any situation:
Philippians 4:10–13 (ESV)
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
A Little Deeper
Tertullian's The Shows was written around 200 AD, and considers whether it is sin to attend the "entertaining" but idolatry-laced shows of the Roman circus. His reflections point us to the separation the Christian has from the world, and the contentment and pleasures found in Christ. There may be a tinge of an unbiblical asceticism, but it is encouraging and challenging in almost all the right ways. For the full text, click here.
Even as things are, if your thought is to spend this period of existence in enjoyments, how are you so ungrateful as to reckon insufficient, as not thankfully to recognize the many and exquisite pleasures God has bestowed upon you? For what more delightful than to have God the Father and our Lord at peace with us, than revelation of the truth, than confession of our errors, than pardon of the innumerable sins of our past life? What greater pleasure than distaste of pleasure itself, contempt of all that the world can give, true liberty, a pure conscience, a contented life, and freedom from all fear of death? What nobler than to tread under foot the gods of the nations—to exorcise evil spirits—to perform cures—to seek divine revealings—to live to God? These are the pleasures, these the spectacles that befit Christian men—holy, everlasting, free. Count of these as your circus games, fix your eyes on the courses of the world, the gliding seasons, reckon up the periods of time, long for the goal of the final consummation, defend the societies of the churches, be startled at God’s signal, be roused up at the angel’s trump, glory in the palms of martyrdom. If the literature of the stage delight you, we have literature in abundance of our own—plenty of verses, sentences, songs, proverbs; and these not fabulous, but true; not tricks of art, but plain realities. Would you have also fightings and wrestlings? Well, of these there is no lacking, and they are not of slight account. Behold unchastity overcome by chastity, perfidy slain by faithfulness, cruelty stricken by compassion, impudence thrown into the shade by modesty: these are the contests we have among us, and in these we win our crowns. Would you have something of blood too? You have Christ’s.
Tertullian, “The Shows, or De Spectaculis,” in Latin Christianity: Its Founder, Tertullian, ed. Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe, trans. S. Thelwall, vol. 3, The Ante-Nicene Fathers (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Company, 1885), 90–91.
Songs concerning contentment and joy in the Lord. Use them before or after the sermon.