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Theme: May 2016 – Commitment

May 2016

We tend to talk about our lives using words that highlight our ownership of those things and circumstances. Words like my, ours, and mine. And those words can make a huge difference on how we see the world. As long as we keep using these words, we can tend to believe that our stuff will make us happy and that putting more stuff into our boxes will make us even happier.

But the truth is just the opposite. Something radical happens when we look at our life as not really ours. When we view our life as really God’s gift to us—it changes everything. When we see that all the stuff we have is somehow connected to God and the story He wants to tell with our lives, it begins to change the way we see everything. When our world doesn’t revolve around us, our situations look a lot different.

That’s why this month is all about contentment. It is deciding to be happy with what we have. In other words, we can choose to be happy because of what God has actually given us. We can choose to shift your focus away from what we don’t have and toward what God desires to do with the life we have. When we trust Him with our life, we become more focused on being grateful for everything He’s already given to us.

See, when it comes right down to it, contentment is a heart issue. It can’t be solved by getting the thing that’s off-limits, the thing that someone else has, or even more of a good thing you already have. In other words, contentment happens when we place our trust in the One who is able to meet our needs each day.

Theme: May 2016 – Commitment

Memory Verse: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12b NIV

Sunday, May 1, 2016 and Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Because I’m Happyyyyyyyyyy! (Be content/Paul in prison) • Philippians 4:11b-13

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment—deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on God, He can help you to be content.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.
Sunday, May 8, 2016 and Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I Hurt Him for the Grapevine (Naboth’s vineyard) • 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment—deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you don’t have, it can make you miserable.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

We Can’t Get No Satisfaction (Israelites long for Egypt) • Exodus 16:2-21; 17:1-4

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you used to have, you can miss what you have now.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

If I Were a Rich Fool (The rich fool: Bigger barns) • Luke 12:13-21  

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you used to have, you can miss what you have now.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy Together (Do not worry) • Matthew 6:25-34

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got. 
Bottom Line: When you focus on God, you don’t have to worry.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.