Real Faith: living as the people of God
6 – All about Contentment
Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled.2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before[d] Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you. (1 Timothy 6:1-21)
1. The Gospel redeems slavery
Slavery is not a part of creation but slavery is a product of sin.
Biblical instruction concerning slavery does not imply biblical approval of slavery.
“…Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant…” (Philippians 2:6-7)
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
2. The Gospel calls you to open your eyes
Our eyes must be opened to the urgent spiritual and physical needs in the world.
- 7 billion people in the world… estimated 75% are without Christ.
- Nearly 2 billion of those have no access to the Gospel.
- Over a billion people live on less than $1 a day.
- Close to 2 billion more live on less than $2 a day.
- Over 20,000 children will die today of either starvation or preventable disease.
- In Somalia alone, 750,000 are dying of starvation… many without Christ.
- The Gospel calls you to fight materialism
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. (6:17)
Money is not the root of all evil. Rather the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. (6:10)
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:17-21)
How much of your money is in your stuff shows how much your heart is in your stuff.
Materialism is deceptive, dangerous and damning.
“those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” (6:9)
- The Gospel calls you to contentment
The Bible’s teachings should cut to the heart of North American Christians. By any measure, we are the richest people ever to walk on planet earth. Furthermore, at no time in history has there ever been greater economic disparity in the world than at the present. While the average American lives on more than 90 dollars per day, approximately one billion people live on less than one dollar per day. And 2.6 billion (40 percent of the world’s population) live on less than two dollars per day.” In their conclusion, they ask, “What is the task of the church then?” Their answer is, “We are to embody Jesus Christ by doing what He did and what He continues to do through us. Declare, using both words and deeds, that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords Who is bringing in a kingdom of righteousness, justice, and peace. And the church needs to do this where Jesus did this— among the blind, the lame, the sick and the outcasts and the poor.” (When Helping Hurts)
- Live Simply
- Give Sacrificially (Luke 12:33)
- Go Willingly
- Do you see how the Gospel addressed slavery? How does this challenge you to think about how you treat those who you don’t see as “equals”?
- What would be your perception of the world? Do you think you have an accurate picture? How much is the world on your heart?
- Do you see materialism as a problem in your life? Why or why not? What about contentment? Are you content?
- What is your practical application for: live simply, give sacrificially and go willingly? How do you put those three into practice even this week?
- How did this series impact you? What will be your biggest takeaway and application?