The Pursuit of Godliness

Sermon notes – Pastor Milton Vincent – Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church
May 16, 2010

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A note from Terrie: These are my notes taken during our church service on Sunday mornings. I will do my best to represent each sermon faithfully and post by Wednesday evening. Please keep in mind that these notes are just that, notes, and are a condensed version of the sermon. My prayer is that not only will these posts help me to think about God’s Word and how to apply it to my life, but that each post will encourage others to do the same.

Godliness is a life style:

-Orbited around God
-Living From God
-Through God
-According to God
-With God
-For God
-Unto God
All to the point where one experiences a rich sufficiency in God

A person who pursues Godliness observes the intimate relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and makes it his first priority and utmost desire to join in the “dance” of Triune love.

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:36)


1.  Because true Godliness (the kind that includes contentment) is great gain (v. 6).
Contentment is the Crown Jewel of true Godliness. What is contentment?
–  A condition of life where nothing else is needed
–  A state of sufficiency, the ability to do without because one is already full (2 Cor. 9:8)
–  Contentment is being able to say: “I am already full, and I therefore do not need ‘this’ or ‘that’ to make me happy.”
–  How do we experience contentment? Go to Jesus (John 6:35)!
–  The content person is content simply with food and covering (see v.8)

2.  Because any earthly riches that we acquire will be completely wiped out anyway (v. 7)
-You cannot take material gain with you when your life is over. Why, then, make these things your first pursuit?
-Godliness will go with you into eternity.
-See Job 1:21; Ecc. 5:13, 15-16

3.  Because there are grave dangers for those who crave earthly riches over Godliness (v 9)
-They fall into traps and temptations.
-They follow foolish and harmful desires that bring ruin and destruction.
-Not only the very rich, but all of us are susceptible to these dangers.
-Those who crave earthly riches become caught up in idolatry, pride, worry, anxiety, envy, idleness leading to worldly entertainments, all a means to satisfy the lust of the flesh.

4.  Because the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil (v. 10)
You know you are a lover of money when:
-You value money more than Christ.
-The rich young ruler (Matt. 19:16-26) esteemed money more valuable than Jesus.

5.  Because the love of money can lead to a wandering away from the faith (v 10)
-It distracts from the Gospel.
-Little by little the pursuit of money becomes more important.
-Those who pursue money over Godliness end up piercing themselves (lit. impaling themselves) through with griefs.
-They foolishly lay aside Godliness for the things that are temporary and cannot be taken with them into eternity.

“What it means to believe in Jesus is to experience Him as the satisfaction of my soul’s thirst and my heart’s hunger.”    -John Piper (Future Grace p. 222)





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2 responses to “The Pursuit of Godliness

  • linda rosentrater

    Thanks Terrie. It is very helpful to me to reflect again on the overall sermon. I love your notes. The point that keeps coming back to my mind is the one about being impaled by griefs when you follow after riches above godliness. I keep wanting to dismiss it as an exaggeration, but there it is in the scriptures. What a danger!

  • teeveebee

    Hi Linda,
    Yes, the language is pretty strong there, isn’t it? May we heed the warning! I also like going back over my notes and writing them out for my blog post. It’s like a mid-week refresher course. It’s always an encouragement for me to receive comments, so thanks for taking the time to do so!

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