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September 1st

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Sermon notes as provided by Jo Powell (please feel free to share you own):

Take Hold of Life 
1Timothy 6:3-16 
Phillippians 4:11-13 gold standard for contentment 

Contentment-it is what we want and what we want for the people God puts in our 
lives. Something in relationships happens that makes life better. First with our God 
then with the people in our lives. Contentment is part of the relationship blessing 
we give and receive. 
It's not about getting people to do what we want them to do: it's to make them 
whole, to complete each other. (Genesis). 

It's about getting whole so you can do the right thing. God has put the people in 
your life so you can build relationships and encourage them to be whole and 
content. 

Contentment does not necessarily come from leading. Any time you lead, there 
are going to be conflict and challenges. Sometimes those conflicts can suck the joy 
out of your lives. 1500 pastors a month leave the ministry due to moral failure, 
spiritual discouragement. 50% of ministers marriages end in marriage. 80% of 
ministers leave the ministry in the first 5 years. (Recheck statistics) 

Every Christian is called to leadership. 

3. It's a matter of letting go and taking hold. Verse11. 
Flee from all of this (whatever is sucking the life out of you: false doctrine, an unhealthy 
interest in controversy and harsh words, arguing doesn't produce contentment even if you are right, 
the love of money.) and pursue (what will make you content) righteousness, 
godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. The reward is peace. 

V12. Fight the good fight of faith, take hold of eternal life v19. So that they may 
take hold of life that is truly life. Carpe aionion (seize eternal life). 
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