Contentment: Healing the hunger of our hearts

6 studies for individuals or groups

Understand why we become discontented and how Jesus Christ alone can bring the treasure of contentment to our daily lives.

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We all know what it is to feel discontented with our lives — with what we have, how much we can get, what we do, who we live with, how we are and what the future promises.

The constant hunger for something more may seem like the aches and pains of growing old — something that we must just put up with in this far-from-perfect world. But the Bible shows that discontent is the symptom of a lethal disease that will kill us if we do not find a cure. It was discontent that first led humans into rebellion against God, with the catastrophic consequences that have followed from that decision.

Yet Jesus Christ promises that anyone who believes in Him will never again hunger or thirst. The apostle Paul was able to say that he had learned the secret of being content in any and every situation — in need or in plenty. Discontent is a problem of our hearts not our circumstances. This Good Book Guide can help us to understand why we become discontented, how Jesus Christ alone can help us, and on a practical level, how Christian living can bring the treasure of contentment to our daily lives.

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Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Our hungry hearts (Ecclesiastes)
  • 2. The only food that satisfies (John 6 v 25-42; 60-69)
  • 3. Content with what we have (1 Timothy 6 v 3-19)
  • 4. Content with where we are (1 Corinthians 7 v 1-24)
  • 5. Content when life is hard (2 Corinthians 1 and 4)
  • 6. The secret of true happiness (Luke 6 v 12-26)
  • Leaders' Guide

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Specification

Author Anne Woodcock
ISBN 9781905564668
Format Paperback
First published May 2008
Dimensions 140mm x 210mm x 4mm
Language English
Pages 72
No. of studies 6
Publisher The Good Book Company

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The Good Book Guides have been developed to ensure that each session not only seeks to uncover the meaning of the passage and see how it fits into the big picture of the Bible, but also leads people to apply what they have learnt to their lives. Flexible and practical, the Good Book Guides are ideal for small groups, or individual study.

"The format is very user-friendly and the content is rich and accessible."
- Justin Taylor, Gospel Coalition blogger and Vice-President of Editorial, Crossway

"God-centered, application-oriented, and driven by the text throughout, this resource is a gift to God’s church."
- Matt Smethurst, Gospel Coalition reviewer and Master of Divinity student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Here at Covenant Life Church, we have greatly benefitted from the small group resources from The Good Book Company. Many small groups in our family life ministry have used "Colossians: Confident Christianity" in their study of scripture. Additionally, our youth ministry has used "Romans 1-5: God and You" in their small groups. Both resources were very easy to use, helped the reader engage directly with the scriptures, and had a wonderful pastoral emphasis demonstrated in all the questions.
- Dave Brewer, Youth Pastor at Covenant Life Church, Maryland

Customer reviews

“Very relevant and thought provoking”

Very well put together study guide which has worked well for our group of 16 ladies. Questions lead to good, relevant discussion and certainly made us think about contentment in all its aspects. Only suggestion that under Study 4 Explore More Esther would have been a better example, rather than Naaman's servant girl. There is a lot to cover and to complete whole study really needs about one and a quarter hours. Very well structured with some easier, straightforward questions and those that challenge. Leaders notes excellent.


01/03/2018

“Excellent book for group discussion”

A very challenging book with much food for thought. Our faith our God should always be first in our lives but as a group of women discussing the chapters together we realise that God doesn't always take precedence all of the time. Contentment will develop the closer our walk with God really is. We must examine our hearts and God will reveal His truth to us. We are indiviidual but special to God. Sometimes we found discussion questions deep and difficult to answer but leaders notes were beneficial some of the time.


11/02/2018

“Being contented”

Have found this quite helpful, each question is clearly written and thought provoking


08/10/2016

“Fantastic study!”

Very biblically based approach to contentment; so relevant in today's age, learnt a lot from this.


30/10/2015

“Good stuff”

My wife is doing this as a one-to-one exercise with a young lady and it's been very helpful. Apart from the main content, it's opened up some great conversations on broader discipleship issues.


28/06/2014

“Very helpful for our small groups”

I was impressed with this when looked through this before giving it to our fellowship groups to do. It is good, biblical stuff. I think it deals with all the main challenges to our contentment, and does so through very good bible studies with strong questions. It is good to see application to our hearts not just to our heads (knowledge / thinking) and hands (what we do).

One of our group leaders, who is a very experienced mature godly man wrote of this guide, "Basically, very impressed. I really like the emphasis on Christ and that he alone can satisfy our longings. I think the common view ​is that contentment is all about being happy with what we've got (certainly our group saw it through that lens only) - whereas the Biblical teaching is so much richer. John 6 is great in that regard. Good stuff!"

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is really a minor quibble (more of a personal preference) that it does't explicitly remind us of the overall story of the Bible, namely creation, rebellion, redemption and restoration. However this is really implicit in the material even if not explicit. I would highly recommend this.


23/06/2014

“Not for our group”

This book is a little intense for our group. I'm trying to adapt it a bit. It may be OK for an extremely committed group of Christians, but not for a mixed group where some are exploring. I don't think I'd use another Bible Study from this company.

Thanks for your feedback. Perhaps your group would benefit from using one of our studies which has been specifically designed for those exploring the Christian faith?

We would recommend either John: Introducing Jesus or The World We All Want


11/02/2014

“easy to follow and involve students in discussion”

The study books which the Good Book Company produce are very well set out, easy to follow and get the students to take part in discussions as well as Bible reading, At present my study group are only half way through the "Healing the hunger of our hearts" study but we have found our discussions going into a deeper level both Spiritually and in our lives day by day. I would recommend any Bible study group to use these books.


26/10/2013

“Definitely recommend”

We studied this book as a group of women who were mostly mums at home. It was so helpful in it's relevance and direct challenge to a lot of things we face in our lives. I loved the amount of Biblical content, and that it worked so hard to apply what we were learning. We found that a lot of times there was too much to pack into our time, but if we had the luxury of more time we would have loved to cover the material with more thorough discussion. I think the first few and last few studies were brilliant and a couple in the middle we found a little harder work, but they were still very helpful. I really recommend it all around.


22/07/2010

“Relevant, accessible and thought provoking”

We have only studied the first one so far in our group of 7. Everybody contributed to the discussion,finding it remarkably contemporary. Leader's notes at the book were excellent. Some questions were a little obvious, so were omitted, but otherwise it was well received and we look forward to the next session.


22/01/2010

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