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The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.7

Christ’s School of Contentment (86-92)

Self-Denial

As you consider this first series of questions, ask yourself, (a) why is this a hard lesson; and (b) do you even consider this to be an actual demand upon you [would you actually do this].

1. What is the first lesson?

 

2. Why does Burroughs write that you must learn this “or you can never be a Christian”?

 

  1. How does a self-denying heart respond to the “stroke” of God?

 

4. What does yielding produce (page 87)?

5. Read through Psalm 39. How does David respond to the trial of God? Does David assert himself or deny himself? In what ways does David deny himself?

 

  1. What does it mean to “know” that you are “nothing”?

 

7. What result comes from knowing that you are nothing?

 

8. What do you deserve?

  1. Consider what you deserve, what you have actually earned before God? What, in turn, has God given to you? Why then are you discontent?

 

10. What can you do?

 

11. What can you do without Christ?

 

12. Does God have any “need … of you”?

 

13. Think of the blessings you have received from God. Now consider what you have done (truly) with all the good things God has given to you? What thing which you have received have not spoiled in some way?

 

 

14. If God gives you some-thing, what can you do with it if God does not help?

 

15. Read Matthew 6:27: What can you do?

 

16. What has sin made us?

 

17. Does God need you? If you were to disappear, how would God be lessened?

 

  1. Read James 4:13-17. How does James describe your life?

 

19. Read Ecclesiastes 6:1-6. How greatly does one depend upon God?

 

20. Complete this sentence (page 89), “A man who is little in his own eyes ….”

 

21. Who was the greatest example of self-denial?

 

22. Read Philippians 2:1-11. In what way did Jesus deny himself?

 

23. Read Luke 9:23-27: What does Jesus command as a picking of denying yourself? Think through the remainder of the paragraph, what ideas does Jesus join to self-denial? How does wealth or being ashamed of Christ relate to self-denial?

 

 

24. How does self-denial lead to contentment?

 

25. On page 80, no. 8, explain how self-denial leads to contentment.

 

26. How does selfishness lead to discontentment?

 

Vanity of the Creature

 

27. What is the second lesson of contentment?

 

28. Creature means anything which God has made. How is the creature insufficient as a ground for our happiness and contentment?

 

  1. What picture does Burroughs give (middle page 91) of how the creature cannot give contentment?

 

30. Read Ecclesiastes 2:1-11. When Solomon received every type of good in creation, how did he evaluate its ability to give him contentment?

 

31. Memorize Ecclesiastes 5:10. What will not give contentment? Luke 6:20-26.

 

32. Does this mean we should not enjoy any good things which God has given? Ecclesiastes 5:18-20, 9:7-10.