Contentment (1 Timothy 6:6-12)

Editing Note: We mixed things up a bit, as we often do on “fifth Sundays” at CFC. This recording includes two different parts of Sunday’s meeting for worship: 1) a congregational discussion on the topic of “contentment,” a little bit of the context of 1 Timothy 6:6-12, and a reading of the Scripture; and 2) some questions the text invites, followed by queries for open worship. Enjoy!

1 Timothy 6:6-12
6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by 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 evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Queries:

How is my desire for what I do not have causing me or others suffering?

How might living with greater contentment be a liberating experience?

What kind of “stuff”—stuff that I could possibly reduce in or eliminate from my life—is
thwarting my ability to see and care for others?

How could I be more thoughtful in what I purchase?

Am I doing too much? Do I have too much? Am I responsible for too much?

What is the heart of the Quaker testimony of simplicity and why does our world
need to hear about it and see it lived?