Sunday 06.18.17 (life lessons)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 and a few of the many proverbs of Solomon as we consider the life lessons we learn from a well-traveled king. We will also be honoring the men in the church with a special gift for Father’s Day. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No Evening Service, enjoy the holiday!

Sermon Notes
Life Lessons from a Well-Traveled King ~ Ecclesiastes 7:1-14

  • žCharacter matters supremely, therefore seek to finish your life with a good name (7:1-7)
  • žWhat is future is better than what is past, therefore keep your faith forward-looking (7:1, 8-10)
  • žWisdom offers more to life, therefore devote yourself to grow in wisdom (7:11-14)

Sunday 06.04.17 (wealth and the glory of God)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12 on the topic of wealth and the glory of God. Then on Sunday night we’ll continue our study on God’s attributes by considering God’s sovereignty. We hope to see you there!

If you’ve missed a Sunday in our Ecclesiastes series, you can catch up on the four most recent sermons on our sermon page.

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God study in the church library

Sermon Notes
Wealth and the Glory of God ~ Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12

  • Seek the good of those under your influence (5:8-9)
    • God wants us to love others the way that he loves us through Christ–including what we do with our wealth and resources
  • Be satisfied with what God provides (5:10-12)
    • A love for God and thankfulness for his provisions, centered on Jesus, leads to satisfaction
  • Make wise investments (5:13-17)
    • We make wise earthly investments caring for future generations, and wise heavenly investments showing others the love of God through Christ
  • Enjoy the fruits of your labor (5:18-6:6)
    • Set your hope on God, seek to do abundant good to others, be generous, and enjoy the rest
  • Trust God with the future and don’t be consumed with worry (6:7-12)
    • Whether we’re rich or poor, wise or foolish, we cannot control the future, but we have a God who does for his glory and our good

Sunday 05.28.17 (better)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Ecclesiastes 4:4-5:7 in our Meaningless/Meaningful series, and consider what it means to glorify God by seeking the “better” things in life. We hope to see you there! With the holiday weekend, we will not have our evening study.

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No evening study

Sermon Notes
Better ~ Ecclesiastes 4:4-5:7

  • Seek contentment, for it is better than coveting (4:4-6)
    • Jesus is the source of our contentment, for in him we are God’s children
  • Seek companionship, for it is better than isolation (4:7-12)
    • Jesus gives us abundant companionship through our fellowship with God and with other followers of Jesus
  • Seek wisdom, for it is better than power (4:13-16)
    • Jesus is our great wisdom
  • Seek to hold your tongue, for it is better than speaking rashly (5:1-7)
    • Jesus redeems the tongue

Sunday 05.07.17 (looking for joy)

This Sunday, we’ll continue our journey through Ecclesiastes and consider the right and wrong places to look for joy in life, as Solomon tested pleasure, wisdom, and work and found them each meaningless without God. Then on Sunday night, we’ll make up last week’s Attributes of God lesson with a look at God’s omnipotence. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God study

Sermon Notes
Looking for Joy in All the Wrong Places ~ Ecclesiastes 2:1-26

Solomon tested the limits of pleasure, wisdom, and work to see if they would bring him joy and meaning in life, yet found each lacking. Instead, to find joy, we should:

  • Delight in God more than you delight in the pleasures of the world (2:1-11)
  • Seek to be wise in eternal ways and not merely temporary ways (2:12-17)
  • Work for the glory of God more than for personal gain (2:18-26)

 

Sunday 04.30.17 (a life that satisfies)

This Sunday we kick off a new sermon series on Ecclesiastes called Meaningless/Meaningful. We’ll begin by looking at 1:1-18 and a life that satisfies. Then on Sunday night, we’ll consider God’s omnipotence in our Attributes of God study. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God study in church library

Sermon Notes
A Life that Satisfies ~ Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

  • Introduction (1:1, 12-18)
  • Learn to see and live for God’s glory, even in the mundane (1:1-6)
    • Life is filled with a lot of mundane repetition, of which we can ask:
      • “What’s the point?” and be dissatisfied
      • Or, “How can God use my normal day for his glory?” and find purpose (1 Cor 10:31)
    • God created the rhythms of our days/lives to see and seek him (Acts 17:24-28)
  • Treasure Jesus as supreme and marvel in awe at what he gives you (1:7-8)
    • Life is filled with things that cannot satisfy, so we consume and are left wanting more
    • Jesus offers himself as the greatest treasure and perfect satisfaction (Jn 6:26-27, 35; Mt 13:44-46)
  • Strive to leave a legacy that makes an eternal difference (1:4, 9-11)
    • Life is filled with things to be forgotten, including our life’s work
    • Things that will last include: God (Psm 90:1-2), the gospel (Rev 14:6), people—either in joy and satisfaction or in sorrow and loss (Mt 25:46), so who will you tell about Jesus?

 

Ecclesiastes: Meaningless//Meaningful (new sermon series)

Ecclesiastes is probably my favorite book in the Old Testament. It’s a book that I love to turn to when life hits its speed bumps. It’s also a book that I have wanted to preach through for a while, but in sermon planning just never felt the time was right… until now.

Yesterday we wrapped our journey through John 13-21. This Sunday (4/30), I plan to start a 12-week (give or take, we’ll see how it shakes out) journey through Ecclesiastes. So, here is some information that might be helpful as we start:

Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon (1:1, 12-18) to his son (12:12). It is a treasure trove of wisdom from an older man as he reflects back on his life. He had done what he wanted and denied himself no pleasure, and his conclusion: Life is meaningless without finding meaning through God. Thus, I have chosen to call this series: Meaningless//Meaningful.

Parts of Ecclesiastes, especially at the start, can be quite depressing. And that is part of the point. It attempts to create in us a crisis of faith when we try to center our happiness on ourselves and whatever gains we have in life. Solomon reminds us that our consumption of the things of this world never satisfy. So, if we’re going to find true satisfaction and a lasting purpose, we have to look to God (and through our New Testament lens–what the Father has given us in Jesus).

When I think of Ecclesiastes and how to summarize it, what comes to mind is this prayer of Augustine from his Confessions:

You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds rest in you.

This week, as we prepare for this series, I would suggest reading through Ecclesiastes and familiarizing yourself with Solomon’s work. At the very least, take time to read chapter one, maybe even more than once.