Contentment in Christ

Quakertown Women's Conference 2021


Hannah Anderson
Cecelia Bernhardt
Megan Hill
Kathleen Nielson


May 14-15, 2021



Livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube


Study Guide

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Schedule l Speaker Biographies



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Conference Description

Contentment is a command for Christian believers. The author of Hebrews declares, “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” It is also something that Christians like the apostle Paul experienced, and in circumstances where contentment would not be expected. “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities,” Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:10. “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Why, then, is contentment so elusive for so many Christians? And what is Christ-centered contentment, anyway? What does it look like in the day-to-day life of a Christian? “To talk of contentment in the day of health and prosperity is easy enough,” J.C. Ryle wrote in 1885, “but to be content in the midst of poverty, sickness, trouble, disappointments and losses – is a state of mind to which very few can attain!”

But contentment is attainable for Christian believers, though it is a quality that must be cultivated, as Paul did. “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content,” he noted. Paul learned contentment. It did not come naturally to him but was something that he acquired over the course of his life as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Quakertown, which has hosted the Quakertown Conference on Reformed Theology since its inception in 2008 and held its first women’s conference in 2018, is offering a two-day conference online for women, entitled, “Contentment in Christ.” Join us for six messages, covering subjects like “Contentment in Adverse Circumstances,” “Contentment and Riches,” and “Cultivating Contentment.”

We are greatly honored to welcome speakers Megan Hill, Kathleen Nielson, Hannah Anderson and Cecelia Bernhardt to this special online event. Please consider joining us. We know you will be blessed as, together, we sit under the teaching of God’s inerrant, authoritative and life-giving Word.

Schedule (all times are Eastern Daylight Savings)

Friday, May 14, 2021
7:00 p.m. Contentment in Christ, Megan Hill
8:15 p.m. Contentment in Adverse Circumstances, Kathleen Nielson

Saturday, May 15, 2021
9:00 a.m. Contentment and Riches, Hannah Anderson
10:00 a.m. Pushing Through Loneliness to Contentment, Cecelia Bernhardt
11:00 a.m. God's Answer to a Complaint, Kathleen Nielson
1:00 p.m. Cultivating Contentment, Megan Hill

Speaker Biographies

Hannah Anderson lives in the haunting Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She spends her days working beside her husband in rural ministry, caring for their three children, and scratching out odd moments to write. In those in-between moments, she contributes to a variety of Christian publications and is the author of All That's Good, Humble Roots and Made for More
Cecelia Bernhardt is a faculty member at Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) and the director of counseling. She holds an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary and has earned the advanced counseling certificate through CCEF. She has worked in various Christian ministries for many years, including women’s ministries at her church. She enjoys her large family, reading, music, and flowers—live and in watercolor.

Megan Hill is the author of A Place to Belong: Learning to Love the Local Church, Contentment: Seeing God's Goodness, and Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer in Our Homes, Communities, and Churches. She serves as an editor for The Gospel Coalition, and her writing has appeared in various publications including Christianity Today, The Washington Post, Today in the Word, Reformation 21, Focus on the Family, Desiring God, and Tabletalk. A pastor’s wife and pastor’s daughter, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children where they belong to West Springfield Covenant Community Church (PCA).  

Kathleen Nielson is an author and speaker who loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. She has taught literature (PhD, Vanderbilt University), directed women’s Bible studies in local churches, and served as director of The Gospel Coalition’s Women’s Initiatives 2010-2017. She and her husband Niel make their home partly in Wheaton, IL, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Niel helps lead a network of Christian schools and universities. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and seven granddaughters.