January 5 - Everything Matters - Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
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This Sunday we will beginning a new Sunday School class. Ray Rutledge will be teaching on Biblical Stewardship. This class will begin at 10:00am in the Multi-purpose room.
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Berber, Mozabite in Algeria.
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
and hastens to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and goes around to the north;
around and around goes the wind,
and on its circuits the wind returns.
All streams run to the sea,
but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
there they flow again.
All things are full of weariness;
a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor the ear filled with hearing.
What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there a thing of which it is said,
“See, this is new”?
It has been already
in the ages before us.
There is no remembrance of former things,
nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to be
among those who come after.
We will start a series in the book of Ecclesiastes. It is a book of wisdom, like Job, Psalms, Proverbs and the Song of Solomon. These books of ancient wisdom sit in the heart of the bible and offer God’s wisdom to his people to lead them to an abundant life in the midst of a disordered world. They tend to be down to earth and feel more accessible than either the aw or the prophets. It is a challenging book in that it appears cynical, even dark and brooding. When you read it, it is not linear but kind of wanders, not unlike our lives. Yet this wisdom of God is given to us so that we might lead abundant lives while living in this world apart from God. Listen to the words of the preacher as he seeks to bring clarity and reality to our lives in the wisdom of God.
Review and Apply
What is the meaning of vanity in your own words? How is all of life vanity?
Can you share one time where you thought you had 'gained form your labors' to find is unsatisfying and unprofitable?
What does natural and human history seek to teach us about life?
Does the message of these verses depress or delight? Why?
How does looking at the brevity of life change the direction of your life?
How does the message of this passage point us toward Jesus?
How does this passage change the you want to live?
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