The Power of Christian Contentment: Finding Deeper, Richer Christ-Centered Joy

The Power of Christian Contentment: Finding Deeper, Richer Christ-Centered Joy➺ The Power of Christian Contentment: Finding Deeper, Richer Christ-Centered Joy Free ➰ Author Andrew M. Davis – Heartforum.co.uk It may surprise modern Christians that our current problems with discontentedness are anything but new In , Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs wrote a work titled The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentmen of Christian ePUB ↠ It may surprise modern Christians that our current problems with discontentedness are anything but new In , Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs wrote a work titled The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment that has as much resonance in our day as it did in his Now pastor and author Andrew M Davis helps contemporary Christians rediscover the remarkable truths found in this largely forgotten workWith powerful new illustrations and a keen sense of all that The Power Kindle - makes modern Christians restless, Davis challenges readers to confront the sources of discontent in their lives and embrace Paul s teaching on contentment in all circumstances He gives special attention to maintaining contentment through poverty and prosperity, as well as in our marriages, and offers tips on teaching children how to be content in an age of smartphones and social media.

of Christian ePUB ↠ Andrew M Davis is pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina, and a visiting professor of church history at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Chairman of the governance committee of the Gospel Coalition, Davis has written articles for TGC s popular website and has spoken in plenary and breakout sessions at TGC s national conference He is the author of An Infinite Journey, named by Tim Challies as one of the top ten The Power Kindle - books of .

The Power of Christian Contentment: Finding Deeper, Richer
    Import EPUB to the Program Import EPUB Now pastor and author Andrew M Davis helps contemporary Christians rediscover the remarkable truths found in this largely forgotten workWith powerful new illustrations and a keen sense of all that The Power Kindle - makes modern Christians restless, Davis challenges readers to confront the sources of discontent in their lives and embrace Paul s teaching on contentment in all circumstances He gives special attention to maintaining contentment through poverty and prosperity, as well as in our marriages, and offers tips on teaching children how to be content in an age of smartphones and social media."/>
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Power of Christian Contentment: Finding Deeper, Richer Christ-Centered Joy
  • Andrew M. Davis
  • 01 July 2019
  • 0801093880

10 thoughts on “The Power of Christian Contentment: Finding Deeper, Richer Christ-Centered Joy

  1. Bob says:

    Summary A biblical study of Christian contentment, exploring in what it consists, how it may be found and learned, the great value of contentment, and how contentment is sustained in one s life.It seems that a characteristic of the modern condition is restlessness a relentless dissatisfaction with one s circumstances More is better, or in the words of a cell phone carrier s ad a few years ago, bigger is better We never have enough Contentment seems like a strange idea and yet for generati Summary A biblical study of Christian contentment, exploring in what it consists, how it may be found and learned, the great value of contentment, and how contentment is sustained in one s life.It seems that a characteristic of the modern condition is restlessness a relentless dissatisfaction with one s circumstances More is better, or in the words of a cell phone carrier s ad a few years ago, bigger is better We never have enough Contentment seems like a strange idea and yet for generations of Christians, one of the marks of the depth of one s relationship with Christ was contentment In 1643, a Puritan pastor, Jeremiah Burroughs penned what became a Puritan classic, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment In this book, Andrew M Davis draws upon both scripture and this classic in a contemporary exploration of this classic Christian quality.After reflecting on our contemporary discontents and the profound contentment that the apostle found in Christ, a contentment that brought him strength in weakness, Davis reminds us that contentment is commanded Hebrews 13 5 and draws upon Burroughs for a definition of contentmentChristian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition He parses out this definition word by word, noting the mindset, and our submission to God s decisions He then proceeds to show how contentment is rooted in a trust in the providence of God He describes the mysterious mindset of contentment that is both completely satisfied in the world while completely dissatisfied with it, a paradoxical mindset that can embrace suffering with joy In our quest to find and learn contentment, he directs us to the teaching of Jesus his example, God centeredness, atonement, resurrection, the access he has won for us, his presence, his demands,, the worth of the kingdom, and the defeat of our fear and anxiety.Contentment is of great value It fits us to worshipexcellently, is central to all the fruit of the Spirit, prepares us to receive grace, prepares us to serve, enables us to resist temptation and comforts us with our unseen hope By contrast and this was a challenging chapter , Davis explores the evil and excuses of a complaining heart The excuses are particularly convicting I m just venting God has abandoned me You don t know I never expected this You ve never experienced what I m going through I don t deserve this and I admit I m complainingbut I can t help myself He explores the contours of contentment in suffering and how we find contentment in suffering by asking for wisdom, resting in God s goodness, expecting suffering, acknowledging our limited perspective, accepting that suffering can sanctify, anticipating our eternal glory, and sharing hope He then shares a Puritan example, Sarah Edwards, and two contemporary ones In the following chapter, he discusses what may be evendifficult, to be content in seasons of prosperity He challenges our lack of generosity without calling us to asceticism, but rather commending the enjoyment of goods and knowing when to say enough and to realize the fleeting nature of wealth.His final section is devoted to staying content He draws an important distinction between contentment and complacency Contentment can be zealous for God s kingdom and is not complacent about hell The last chapter talks about very practical practices to protect our contentment.What is striking to me in all this is that contentment is not attained by a passive chilling out but by the active pursuit of Christ and the active forsaking of things that undermine our contentment Contentment is not about having all the conditions of our lives just right Paul is content in any and all circumstances because he can do all things through Christ Contentment is far from settling for less It is realizing that in Christ, we already have everything that matters, something that makes us bold and passionate for the things of God, because we have nothing either to fear or lose.This is so different from all the positive thinking, best life now books on the market These feed on discontentment rather than lead us to true contentment My biggest beef with them is that their vision is too small Davis offers us the expansive vision of a provident God who meets us in both plenty and want, offering us the sufficiency of the work of Christ, and our ultimate hope of glory As Burroughs says, this is the jewel, worth exchanging everything else to obtain.________________________________Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own

  2. Joan says:

    The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs was first published in 1648 It is an amazing book but very hard to get through I know I ve tried Davis has essentially taken Burroughs thoughts and interpreted them for our generation He has done an excellent job, producing a very readable and very convicting book.Davis s thesis for this book, he writes, is that Christian contentment is finding delight in God s wise plan for my life and humbly allowing him to direct me in it The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs was first published in 1648 It is an amazing book but very hard to get through I know I ve tried Davis has essentially taken Burroughs thoughts and interpreted them for our generation He has done an excellent job, producing a very readable and very convicting book.Davis s thesis for this book, he writes, is that Christian contentment is finding delight in God s wise plan for my life and humbly allowing him to direct me in it 153 2754 Contentment is the mark of a fully mature Christian, he says Why strive toward contentment First of all, we are commanded to do so Heb 13 5 And, says Davis, we will bejoyful, God will receiveglory, and we will be an inspiration to others.Davis helps us understand how we learn contentment and it is something that can be learned It is not a spiritual gift that comes with salvation Paul learned the secret of it and so can we Phil 4 12 It is a work of grace through faith, Davis says There is a mystery to it though, having complete satisfaction in the world while having dissatisfaction with the world.I really like how Davis explains contentment as a mindset, a way of looking at everything, recognizing God s sovereignty over all of our lives It includes the good times and the painful ones Maintaining contentment in painful times is difficult and Davis provides a practical strategy for doing so Part of that strategy We must conquer the natural desire for a painless life if we are going to grow in contentment 1217 2754 Davis adds an area of contentment Burroughs did not consider, being content in prosperity.I found this book to be a very practical and convicting one Davis s comments on gratitude and complaining cut to the heart Perhaps that is because contentment is a heart issue And it is hard Christian contentment will not come easily You will need to focus your soul on it, moment after moment, for the rest of your life 2218 2754 I high recommend this book to Christians ready to obey the command to be content and follow the examples of Paul and Christ You will receive very good teaching and practical strategy for doing so As Davis says, it is worth pursuing this rarest of jewels.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher My comments are an independent and honest review

  3. Becky Pliego says:

    This was such a great read The author did a great job in pulling out the biblical principles that Jeremiah Burroughs wrote about in his book The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, and laid them out in an engaging, practical way for today s readers Really good book.I had never heard of this author before reading his book, and I am not even sure how I heard of this book maybe I read about it on Tim Challies blog

  4. Angie Fehl says:

    Inspired by the religious text The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment written by Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs in 1643 published posthumously , Andrew Davis rolls out this new book as a platform to share his own thoughts on the subject of overall life contentment An NC pastor and theology professor himself, Andrew Davis references portions of Burroughs text to illustrate how the struggle with discontentment is still very much alive in present day, afflicting Christians and non Christians Inspired by the religious text The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment written by Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs in 1643 published posthumously , Andrew Davis rolls out this new book as a platform to share his own thoughts on the subject of overall life contentment An NC pastor and theology professor himself, Andrew Davis references portions of Burroughs text to illustrate how the struggle with discontentment is still very much alive in present day, afflicting Christians and non Christians alike Davis points out how even with all the modern advancements in technology, science, medicine, arts and literature, all of it humans collectively still seem to struggle to find satisfaction with their lives Some might argue that if anything we might bemiserable than ever There s a noticeable hike in various mental illness diagnoses Advances in technology especially when it comes to smartphones has made usimmediately aware of daily stories of suffering all over the world So many out there struggle with anxiety surrounding the feeling that their life lacks true meaning or purpose So what can we do about it Davis offers a number of pointers on how to approach and tackle general discontentment in one s life Just a few Develop an appreciation for quiet, slow moments Don t feel the need to fill every silence.Intentionally seek out avenues of service that are thankless Offer help to the disabled, elderly, sick or dying Offer comfort to the bereaved.If you come into an unexpected financial windfall, sharethan ever Limit internet time Instead, seek out books on the subjectof contentment to keep you motivated inspired.Remember, this is a lifetime process In a nutshell, Davis stance on the subject of contentment boils down to 1 living a life that is not financially or otherwise materialistically driven 2 developing a cheerful demeanor, or at least a generally positive mindset in the face of struggle or disappointment 3 acceptance of the concept His ways are not our ways , allowing things to happen on God s time, trusting his methods.A couple of his points I didn t entirely agree on Christian contentment is not rebellious I don t know, I personally think a little rebellion can be a healthy thing sometimes I know plenty of happy rebels Hehe Christian contentment is not a stoic acceptance of hardships in the world, as though we are denying that we are in pain or that anything could be done about it Okay, well I d argue that a certain level of contentment CAN come from stoic acceptance Also, acceptance denial Not necessarily When it comes to supporting texts to back up his talking points, Davis does pull primarily from the Bible itself, namely from the story of Paul However, he also uses select passages from classics such as A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Winnie the Pooh by A.A Milne, and Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe Davis s choices for biblical text support are well thought out, but I had hoped to see a stronger presence oftangible, modern examples of people who had successfully discovered and maintained lifelong contentment in the face of persistent strife Modern examples are offered within this text, but they are few and far between and not as impactful as I was hoping for Though he makes some fair points, and adds in some interesting historical tidbits along the way, the overall reading experience of the text was a bit of a chore Some of Davis metaphors landed somewhat awkwardly and the writing style was, for the most part, awfully dry There s definitely a heavy academic tone In fact, much of this book readlike a college paper than a nonfiction book by someone with years of experience in the field In the first chapter he even uses the exact words my thesis is _________, my goal is ______________ So the reading of this work most certainly has its educational opportunities, but for the average reader I suspect it ll come off a bit of a bore, at least in parts FTC DISCLAIMER Baker Books kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The opinions above are entirely my own

  5. Cheryl says:

    I ve long been a fan of the life changing book The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, by Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs This book, by Andrew Davis, is a modern day look at Burroughs work, with insight, encouragement, and great ways to implement this into your own life While I try to read Burroughs book every year or so, I will add this book to that same schedule Excellent reading for all Christians

  6. Falcoeiras says:

    The Power of Christian Contentment Finding Deeper, Richer Christ Centered Joy de Andrew Davis tem como base The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment de Jeremiah Burroughs e versa sobre contentamento satisfa o O livro est dividido em quatro partes 1 o segredo do contentamento 2 como encontrar contentamento 3 o valor do contentamento 4 mantendo o contentamento.Antes, durante e depois da leitura do livro houve um corinho que me veio mente diversas vezes, apesar de sen The Power of Christian Contentment Finding Deeper, Richer Christ Centered Joy de Andrew Davis tem como base The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment de Jeremiah Burroughs e versa sobre contentamento satisfa o O livro est dividido em quatro partes 1 o segredo do contentamento 2 como encontrar contentamento 3 o valor do contentamento 4 mantendo o contentamento.Antes, durante e depois da leitura do livro houve um corinho que me veio mente diversas vezes, apesar de sentir que o conte do do livro mais profundo do que as quatro estrofes relembradas Satisfa o ter a CristoN o h melhor prazer j vistoSou de Jesus e agora eu sintoSatisfa o sem fimSatisfa o nova vidaEu com Jesus em alegriaSempre cantando a melodiaSatisfa o sem fimSim, paz realSim, gozo na afli oAchei o segredo Cristo no cora oSatisfa o n o ter medoPois meu Jesus, vir bem cedoLogo, em gl ria, eu hei de v loSatisfa o sem fimSendo um livro que tem como base uma obra puritana, o autor apresenta diversas listas ou pontos pr ticos para levar a gua ao nosso moinho , semelhan a dos puritanos o objectivo n o s apresentar algumas doutrinas, mas tamb m mostrar o aspecto pr tico delas e a forma como as posso colocar em pr tica diariamente, i.e., da mente compreens o ao cora o afei es e deste para a ac o.Na primeira parte, o autor defende que o mundo marcado pelo descontentamento as pessoas nunca est o verdadeiramente satisfeitas e que o plano divino para os Crist os passa muitas vezes pela exist ncia de prova es e por contentamento em Deus nestas ou apesar destas Yet despite the value of this rich, full, continual contentment, and despite the fact that it is possible for every Christian in the world to experience it, this exquisite jewel is rare in our own lives And how desperately the unsaved world needs Cristians to discover it p.14Davis vai mais fundo, se o descontentamento de descrentes n o surpreender crist os, the great tragedy is that so often we don t really seem to live much differently Many Christians hardly ever experience the daily foretaste of heaven that the Holy Spirit lives within us provide p.15 Many Christians have such discontent lives that they are never asked by any of the similarly discontent unbelievers surrounding them to give a reason for the hope that they have I Pd 3 15 , because they don t evidently have any hope p.16Acusei a pancada, lembrei me de amigos descrentes em acampamentos estranharem alguns dos paradoxos crist os, gozando com eles ou demonstrando estranheza por aceitarmos determinadas l gicas Que diga o fraco forte souDiga o pobre rico estouPor aquilo que Ele fez por n s.Perceber que alguns notam esta pseudo esquizofrenia nos que acreditam em Deus esbarra de frente com a acusa o do autor de que n o estaremos a viver uma vida satisfeita, antes pelo contr rio, a vida de alguns de n s pouco diferente da daqueles que n o foram salvos por Cristo Que frutos tem dado a minha vida, n o deveria colocar o adjectivo frente, mas l vai, crist Encontro verdadeira satisfa o em Cristo, ou cantarolo somente as mesmas linhas do c ntico acima referido Posso convencer algu m somente com base no que acredito, sem o praticar O que , ent o, contentamento A defini o, baseada em Burroughs, a de encontrar prazer no plano s bio de Deus para a minha vida e humildemente deixar que Ele me dirija nela, de modo que Deus seja glorificado diariamente na minha vida, para que eu seja mais alegre e fonte de salva o para outros atrav s do contentamento mostrado Estes s o dois dos pontos mais repetidos e relevantes para mim ao longo o livro, contentamento tem tudo a ver com provid ncia e uma vida satisfeita o contentamento crist o serve de exemplo para os que est o minha volta O segundo cap tulo foca o ensino de Paulo acerca do contentamento, nomeadamente com base em Filipenses 2 12 16 As despairing lost people look on and see a buoyant peace and joy that is not based on favorable earthly circumstances but rather on faith in Christ, they will ask you for a reason for the hope that is in you I Pd3 15 That hope shines most brilliantly when earthly circumstances are darkest, and the rare jewel of Christian contentment is a radiant source of that light p.25 He who has God and everything else has nothan he who has God alone C.S Lewis If we embrace that we have within our relationship with Christ everything we need for peace and joy at every single moment of our brief span here on earth, imagine how free we would be, in all our relationships, from self giving clinginess or desperation p.33 O meu relacionamento com Cristo vivo e satisfat rio no sentido de me contentar J passei da compreens o da verdade para a transforma o das minhas afei es e para a pr tica e ac o Na segunda parte, a defini o de contentamento crist o aprofundada, este uma obra da salva o cont nua pela gra a atrav s da f , um milagre da gra a soberana agindo com uma alma regenerada Deus ter a gl ria, n s a alegria p 45Davis explica ponto a ponto a defini o de Burroughs, Christian Contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit which freely submits to and delights in God s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition Assim, o contentamento uma atitude disposi o mentalidade n o amarga, n o rebelde, trabalhada sobrenaturalmente pelo Esp rito Santo em n s que descansa na soberania e provid ncia de Deus para connosco que se submete de livre vontade No entanto, vez ap s vez h o aviso de que o crist o deve ter um sentido apropriado de afli o e que deve colocar perante Deus as suas prova es e afli es I Pd.5 7 Sl 10 1 O Crist o n o um est ico, a B blia d nos exemplos suficientes de ora es a pedir liberta o das prova es para que o possamos e devamos fazer Duas ideias importantes, o contentamento crist o encontrar prazer no plano s bio de Deus para a minha vida e importante compreender a uni o entre contentamento e provid ncia Ou seja Deus reina sobre todas as ocorr ncias de forma a salvar e santificar almas, isso faz com que eu procure encontrar, ou pelos menos perceber que existe, um prop sito s bio e amoroso em tudo o que me acontece Contentamento compreender que Deus soberano, que nenhum dos Seus planos frustrado, que todas as coisas contribuem para o bem daqueles que O amam, se Deus n o joga dados com o universo, ent o Ele est no controlo da coisa e esse controlo tem em vista um povo resgatado e a Sua gl ria.7 aspectos da mentalidade satisfeita1 A satisfa o do crist o nas piores circunst ncias anda de m os dadas com uma necess ria insatisfa o com o mundo 2 A aritm tica divina consiste em tornar nos satisfeitos em Cristo subtraindo dos nossos desejos I Tim 6 10, Sl 37 4 3 Reconhecer o castigo justo que o nosso pecado merece 4 O contentamento em toda e qualquer circunst ncia aprendido na escola do sofrimento II Cor 11 23 28 5 Agir no aqui e agora, se Deus me colocou num determinado tempo e espa o neles que devo agir Mt 5 14 16 Ef 2 10 6 Somos criaturas divididas novas criaturas II Cor 5 17 , mas o pecado ainda mora em n s Rom 7 17, 21 24 Gal 5 17 , isso faz com que a mortifica o do pecado seja uma necessidade 7 Viver a vida que um sopro esperando a eternidade com Cristo.Depois de Paulo, Davis foca se em Cristo como nosso exemplo de contentamento Jesus ensina nos contentamento pelo Seu exemplo Fil 2 6 7 II Cor 5 21 Is 53 5 pela forma como depende de Deus, como cumpriu o plano de Deus e tudo faz para a gl ria do Pai pela Sua expia o pela Sua ressurrei o.Se Cristo ministra contentamento pela Sua morte quanto mais pela Sua ressurrei o Se Jesus morto na cruz um meio intermin vel de paz e alegria em quaisquer circunst ncias, quanto mais poder tem um Cristo vivo no c u para ministrar contentamento Sua igreja em guerra Na parte tr s, abordado o valor do contentamento.O contentamento permite uma adora o mais excelente Is 43 6 7 Ef 1 5 6 In active obedience, we worship God by doing what pleases God, but by passive obedience we worship God by being pleased with what God does Jeremiah Burroughs O contentamento redunda tamb m numa compreens o mais profunda da vida crist e de quem Deus , a exalta o da total maturidade crist vem ap s uma vida de humilha o quieta debaixo da s bia e paternal m o de Deus Burroughs escolhe explicitar o car cter paternal de Deus em vez de o real, para que o seu leitor perceba que o Soberano do Universo estabeleceu uma rela o filial com ele O contentamento faz nos mais dif ceis de ser tentados descontentamento um estado de mente inst vel, incans vel, nervoso Pessoas satisfeitas est o debaixo da m o de Deus, satisfeitas com as ben os simples que Deus lhes tem dado I Tim 6 8Nesta terceira parte tamb m h lugar para meditar acerca da murmura o e do queixume, Burroughs escreveu que h maior mal no h bito da murmura o do que aquele que percebemos haver p.109A queixa o contr rio da adora o e louvor I Pd 2 9 e Tiago 3 10 , queixa essa que revela a corrup o das nossas almas.Burroughs continua, As contentment reveals much grace in the soul, strong grace, beautiful grace, so murmuring reveals much corruption, strong corruption, vile corruptions in your heart p.111Davis conclui que para a alma pior a murmura o do que qualquer afli o, n o h algo como uma pequena murmura o, o seu resultado j mau o suficiente Murmura o rebeldia, algo contr rio piedade Deste modo, a murmura o definida como sendo oposta obra da convers o operada pelo Esp rito Santo Deste modo, se a convers o revela a grandeza do meu pecado, bem como a grandeza de Cristo se recusa os prazeres deste mundo por Cristo e mostra a necessidade de me entregar totalmente a Cristo o murm rio esquece a grandeza dos meus pecados o qu o majestoso e glorioso Cristo , especialmente enquanto Salvador o murm rio esquece que nos entregamos totalmente a Cristo como nossa fonte de alegria que nos submetemos a Ele como Rei Como j referi, Davis coloca muitas vezes a quest o como uma quest o de testemunho, aqui n o foge regra.God has put us on display in front of everyone we know, but specially our spouse and our children We can make life bitter for the person we embraced on our wedding day and strongly tempt that loving soul to discontentment as well Not only that, but if you have children, think of them They have been watching your example for years, quietly drinking in how to react to any and every circumstance When you complain, you are training them to follow your bad example p.119Se formos amargos e queixosos, por que que algu m quereria ser como n s, pediria ou perguntaria a raz o da esperan a que h em n s Mais fundo, que exemplo de satisfa o tenho sido em casa, com os que me conhecem melhor Esta terceira parte termina com a an lise do contentamento quer no sofrimento, quer na prosperidade.A quarta parte do livro sobre guardar o contentamento.Ao concluir o livro, o autor repete uma ltima vez a ideia de que estar satisfeito n o o mesmo que ser complacente e que as disciplinas espirituais podem ser importantes na tarefa de ficar e continuar a ser satisfeito.Neste caso, importante o papel di rio das disciplinas espirituais, a Palavra de Deus renova as nossas mentes diariamente e impede ou dificulta o descontentamento devemos evitar ou odiar a murmura o, pedir para que Deus nos sonde, pedir contentamento em ora o, prepararmo nos para sermos sal e luz, perceber que uma luta constante, viver coram Deo, em ora o, agradecendo em todas as circunst ncias, mortificando o pecado, guardando a boca, exercitando a f , decorando e meditando em vers culos b blicos.Por outro lado, conhecer e estudar acerca de her is da f na hist ria da igreja, orar e conhecer sobre a igreja perseguida e envolver me com miss es, envolver me com minist rios que me estiquem , procurar servir onde n o me agrade am passe despercebido, visitar os idosos, doentes e beira da morte mudar tamb m a forma como penso, como me vejo e ajudar me a compreender a provid ncia de Deus na minha vida, mas especialmente, na vida de outros Quando perceber que Cristo morreu n o somente por mim, mas por muitos mais, quando perceber o que tem feito na hist ria e no mundo compreenderei melhor o Seu poder, a Sua ac o, a Sua soberania e provid ncia.Finalmente, uma quest o pr tica e que tem a ver com a prega o que ouvi ontem.Viver em comunidade implica tamb m prestar contas aos outros e pedir contas a outros, um confronto santo, afiar pedra com pedra, duas perguntas que posso fazer aos que comigo est o numa comunidade local 1 V s padr es regulares de descontentamento na minha vida 2 Podes orar para que cres a no contentamento crist o em toda e qualquer circunst ncia E ter calma, porque o segredo do contentamento perceber que se trata de uma corrida de longa dist ncia, vai durar toda a vida

  7. Jim says:

    My thesis for this book is that Christian contentment is finding delight in God s wise plan for my life and humbly allowing him to direct me in it Building off of Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs 1643 work The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Dr Andrew Davis, author and pastor, brings front and center the important place that contentment needs to be in a Christian s life and faith.The Power of Christian Contentment is a deep and meaty book which reminds this reviewer of a word not often My thesis for this book is that Christian contentment is finding delight in God s wise plan for my life and humbly allowing him to direct me in it Building off of Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs 1643 work The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Dr Andrew Davis, author and pastor, brings front and center the important place that contentment needs to be in a Christian s life and faith.The Power of Christian Contentment is a deep and meaty book which reminds this reviewer of a word not often heard in the Church any the deeper life The focus on the power of Christian contentment is spot on for Davis does an very good job expounding on how and why the power of Christian contentment must be at work in the lives of believers today, especially in a culture in which dis contentment plays on our heart stringsand our souls.Organized into four sections, The Secret of Contentment, How to Find Contentment, The Value of Contentment, and Keeping Content, Davis systematically shows how the lack of contentment in the Christian faith and church, ie, the people of God, affects everything from the personal aspect of the faith to the fulfillment of the Great Commission and Great Commandment.This is a rich book It is a book not just for the mind but for the soul It caused this reviewer to often pause and reflect, and, pray as he read it.Written and rooted in the Reformed tradition, this book should and will speak to all Christians, even those of a different theological bent It is a book for personal, and corporate, reading and study.A well and deeply written book, The Power of Christian Contentment is an important book for the deepening of one s faith in Christ.I liked this book and gave it a four star rating on Goodreads.Note I received a copy of this book from the Baker Book Bloggers program in exchange for a review I was not required to write a positive review

  8. Jennie says:

    I recently finished reading The Power of Christian Contentment Finding Deeper, Richer Christ Centered Joy by Andrew Davis This is one of those books I would recommend that we all need to read, no matter where you are in your faith walk I really think this book is one of those books to visit often and I plan to reread this again soon This book gave me much to ponder on and also a better view of being content in all things, as we Christians should and also why Andrew shares the teachings fro I recently finished reading The Power of Christian Contentment Finding Deeper, Richer Christ Centered Joy by Andrew Davis This is one of those books I would recommend that we all need to read, no matter where you are in your faith walk I really think this book is one of those books to visit often and I plan to reread this again soon This book gave me much to ponder on and also a better view of being content in all things, as we Christians should and also why Andrew shares the teachings from Scripture and also pulled information from the book The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment that was wrote by Jeremiah Burroughs in 1648 The reason that we should be consistently displaying Christian contentment so that, in the end, God will be glorified in our daily lives, we will bejoyful, we will be sources of inspiration, and those watching us will seek the Savior, through whom alone they can have this same supernatural contentment Through this book and from Scripture, Andrew shares what the secret is of being content, how we find it, what we learn through Jesus s life on earth, what God has to say through Scripture, how valuable contentment is in our suffering, why we should live content, how to live content and with joy, when we don t how it affects us, and what the consequences can be living in discontentment.One of things of many , Andrews shares in order for us Christians to be content, we must know Jesus Christ as our Lord, fully trust Him, and let Him teach us It is when we are trusting and delighting in God s plan for our lives, being humble, and allowing Him to direct us, that we can begin to learn to be content know matter the circumstances Yes, contentment is something that you can learn He teaches us through the example of the Apostle Paul s life So there is hope, always hope As I read this, I felt guilty for the times I didn t trust or have complained about things Thankful though that I have learned from those times and God is still working on growing me in my faith Many times we think we know what is best, try to take things in our own hands, but when we trust in the sovereignty and grace from God, we can learn to be content Most of our restless discontent is nothingthan rebellion Through Christ we have all we need, but yes it does take work We face an internal battle as Christians living in this world That is so why we need the Jesus Christian contentment is a work of ongoing salvation by grace through faith It is not a natural temper or demeanor neither can it be attained by willpower or by turning over a new leaf or resolution In the end, Christian contentment is a miracle of sovereign grace working together with a regenerate soul God will get the glory, and we will get the joy Some of my highlights from the book and there are many Many Christians live such discontent lives that they are never asked by any of the similarly discontent unbelievers surrounding them to give a reason for the hope that they have It is possible to learn it as Paul did, to reach the level of sanctification where we are actually content in any an every circumstances If we embrace that we have within our relationship with Christ everything we need for peace and joy at every single moment of our brief span here on earth, imagine how free we would be, in all our relationships, from self serving clinginess or desperation A bitter person is usually suffering from unforgiveness Submission involves gladly recognizing God s fatherly authority to make these kinds of decisions concerning His children There s a wise and loving Father behind every experience you walk through in life, every person you chance to meet, every bruise or cut you receive, every paycheck you earn, every flat tire you endure, every missed connecting flight, every possession that slips out of your pocket Without God s providence, it would be impossible to find this contentment in any and every circumstance The combination of complete satisfaction in the world and complete dissatisfaction with the world is a mystery of contentment We miss many of those good works by being filled with our own selfish focus, not to mention any feelings of discontent There is no greater example and instructor of contentment than Jesus Christ In Him alone can we find a consistent delight in God s wise plan for our lives and humbly follow that plan day after day Content people are quiet under God s hand, completely satisfied with the simple blessing God has chosen for them All of us underestimate how much evil complaining reveals in our hearts We have spent much of our lives complaining about our surroundings We don t think it matters if we voice our frustrations on a regular basis But actually Scripture teaches the truth complaining reveals much corruption in the soul Nothing earthly is secure All things that we see with our eyes are temporary Be ready, for anything to be taken from you, and resolve that you will praise the Lord no matter what happens Old wicked habits die through starvation, and new godly habits grow through obedience So when the trial starts and your heart is being assaulted by doubts and fears, that is the time to come to God and ask for wisdom

  9. Marcie Mowers says:

    I was offered a copy of the book The Power of Christian Contentment by Andrew Davis in exchange for my review There were several takeaways from this book that I need to work through First, that contentment is learned We have to make the choice to be content, and that comes with time and circumstances.Second, if we live with the idea that nothing has meaning, it may be harder to find contentment in everyday life Whether you believe it s the Universe or God or fate, knowing that there is a pur I was offered a copy of the book The Power of Christian Contentment by Andrew Davis in exchange for my review There were several takeaways from this book that I need to work through First, that contentment is learned We have to make the choice to be content, and that comes with time and circumstances.Second, if we live with the idea that nothing has meaning, it may be harder to find contentment in everyday life Whether you believe it s the Universe or God or fate, knowing that there is a purpose keeps us ready to pick ourselves up and prepare for the next thing Davis writes We must see the hand of the Almighty God in everything that happens in order to submit freely to it and delight in it There is a purpose, intention, plan pg 56.Every moment is purposeful, and nothing is wasted pg 65.I don t know about you, but I can t live thinking everything is random The crazy of life has to have some kind of meaning, or what s the point I also love this quote Hope is like a buoyant cork that refuses to stay submerged no matter how many times someone shoves it beneath the surface pg 107.Davis is obviously coming from a Calvinist point of view, as there are references sprinkled throughout the book about pre destination and God s deciding that we the readers would become Christians This clearly points to the idea that some of us would not be chosen , pointing to a God who creates everyone but just doesn t like some of us as much as others.There was also an us versus them bent that bothered me as well as gross generalizations about Christians in general.Many Christians in the prosperous West live their lives in self indulgent luxury and slothful ease pg 180.Davis also points out how much was given to the Southern Baptist Mission fund in 2014 compared to the total number of churches that gave Judgey.I found Davis writing dry I would have been muchinterested in this book had he shared personal stories of how he grew contentment in himself and came to find his own sense of peace with his circumstances.I m sure some will read this and be thoroughly convicted, ready to delve into the works of The Apostle Paul to see how he learned to be content.I absolutely agree with Davis when he ends the book with the thought that contentment is a lifetime work It isn t easy to wake up every day with a song in your heart when you know you have to face work and traffic and kids and bills and dishes and life.It may be work to get this right, but that s okay

  10. J.K. Turner says:

    My Rating Put it on your listLevel Quick, EasySummaryThe book is broken into four parts The Secret of Contentment, How to Find Contentment, The Value of Contentment, and Keeping Content Each section is contains two to four chapters, for a total of 12 The two chapters of part one, set out the foundation of the book He refers to The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, a collection of sermons by Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs In the second chapter, he points to Paul and all he suffer My Rating Put it on your listLevel Quick, EasySummaryThe book is broken into four parts The Secret of Contentment, How to Find Contentment, The Value of Contentment, and Keeping Content Each section is contains two to four chapters, for a total of 12 The two chapters of part one, set out the foundation of the book He refers to The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, a collection of sermons by Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs In the second chapter, he points to Paul and all he suffered, and to the well known verses in Philippians 4, where Paul states that he has learned to be content in all situations Davis refers back to The Rare Jewel and Paul s writings throughout the rest of his book.My ThoughtsI think overall this is a pretty good book I m always hesitant to recommend a book that seems to just expand on another book other than the Bible The cynical side of me would say skip this book read Rare Jewels instead, especially because you can find it for free online That said it is written by a Puritan and at least the copy I found isn t updated English In addition, Burroughs could not have imagined the power, let alone prosperity Christians find themselves in today, so an update is needed.The strength of the book, and probably worth the read on it s own, is Chapter 10, Contentment in Prosperity This is the main issue with the American Church today, and he has a good bit of stats and convicting challenges in this chapter I m not big into marking up my books, but I had to make notes on a few pages on this chapter I think he makes an important call to Christians Usually, the call to contentment is in a time of less, but he points out the abundance we currently have, and yet we are still not content on the whole , so we seem to be doing something wrong.This chapter, along with the commentary on a Paul and the distillation of the classic, Rare Jewels, this is a book to put on your list If you are specifically interested concerned with contentment, this is probably outside of Paul you best bet to get started Davis is a strong writer that goes deep, but keeps it accessible to a wider audience I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewMore reviews MondayMorningTheologian.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *