Ecclesiastes: The Search for Meaning

May 20, 2012 to September 16, 2012

 

 

Monotony

When we take a close look at life, as Solomon did, we find that there's not much new under the sun. What do we do with the reality that much of life seems meaningless?

Date: 05.20.2012
Speaker: Tim Hawks
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

Pleasure

An endless supply of pleasure, fun, and possessions seems like a guarantee of fulfillment and perpetual happiness. But Solomon's experiment to see if he could find meaning in pleasure had a different result.

Date: 05.27.2012
Speaker: Tim Hawks
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

Success

Solomon would be described as highly successful by any culture's standards, but he ultimately concluded that success has its limits. We'll look at some limitations we need to embrace and how we can live successfully by God's standards within those limitations.

Date: 06.03.2012
Speaker: Russell Johnson
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:12-26

Seasons

Life just seems so random. Things happen that seem to make no sense, and we feel that we have no control. Is there any rhyme or reason to it all?

Date: 06.10.2012
Speaker: Tim Hawks
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:1-16

The Rat Race

Do you feel constant pressure to get ahead, get more, and do better? The rat race of life can produce destructive drives rather than the rest and contentment God desires for us.

Date: 06.17.2012
Speaker: Tim Hawks
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:1-16

Worship

Our attitude toward worship can range anywhere from passionate to distracted to apathetic. In this passage, Solomon provides sobering instructions on how to worship a holy and awesome God in a way that gives Him the honor He deserves.

Date: 06.24.2012
Speaker: Denny Henderson
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Money

Money may make the world go 'round, but does it bring any lasting fulfillment or meaning to life? Solomon tackles one of the toughest subjects there is and challenges us to think about what we love. Is money the object of our greatest affection?

Date: 07.01.2012
Speaker: Tim Hawks
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:8-20

Ecclesiastes: The Search for Meaning

Is it possible to ever be completely satisfied in this life? Despite having everything a person could ever want, Solomon struggled to find rest and satisfaction in this life. We'll find we have a lot in common with a king who had it all, but knew there had to be more.

Date: 07.08.2012
Speaker: Tim Hawks
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 6:1-12

Conundrums

Sometimes, what seems best turns out to be the very worst thing for us, and the things we dread or try to avoid have great value. As Solomon discovered when faced with this conundrum, wisdom is often unconventional.

Date: 08.05.2012
Speaker: Tim Hawks
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 7:1-14

My Sinister Self

Why do seemingly good people often die in the prime of their lives, while evil people live to a ripe old age? Why does the wise person get tangled up in sin just as often as a fool? Solomon examines these paradoxes and uncovers the "sinister self" inside all of us.

Date: 08.12.2012
Speaker: Tim Hawks
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 7:15-29

Authority

We all have to answer to authority of some kind, and sometimes, it's a struggle. Solomon addresses how to respond to the various authorities in our lives with wisdom, respect and discernment.

Date: 08.19.2012
Speaker: Russell Johnson
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 8:1-9

Destiny

We all have the same question that Forrest Gump once asked: "What's my destiny, Momma?" Who is able to answer that question for us, and will we like the answer once we get it? Solomon addresses this straight on and gives us a new way to think about both our todays and our tomorrows.

Date: 08.26.2012
Speaker: Tim Hawks
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 8:10 – 9:10

Profile of a Fool

Whenever Scripture warns about the "fool," the wise person takes notice. Solomon gives us a profile of the fool that acts as both a warning against foolishness and instruction for living in a world where fools are often esteemed.

Date: 09.02.2012
Speaker: Joey LoSurdo
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:20

Your Day in the Sun

Knowing life is short and there's no guarantee that we'll have tomorrow, how should we live? Solomon challenges us to live with gusto and make the most of every day.

Date: 09.09.2012
Speaker: Tim Hawks
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11

The Bottom Line

As we conclude the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon gives us the bottom line. We need to live for each moment, always keeping in mind the God who created us - and whom we'll one day meet face to face.

Date: 09.16.2012
Speaker: Tim Hawks
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:1-14