Empty Life: Studies in Ecclesiastes

Empty Life: Studies in Ecclesiastes

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016

No matter how much we try to hide it or distract ourselves from it, finding meaning and purpose in life is almost impossible. 

The book of Ecclesiastes chornicles the futile search for signficance. While much of the book is dark and discouraging, we are meant to realize that only by pursuing God are we able to find fulfilment and meaning in life. So in this series we are going to confront all the common ways in which people search for purpose. We are also going to confront the powerful truth that only through Christ do any of these things matter at all. 

Sermons in this series
Sun, Dec 04, 2016
Duration: 30 mins 7 secs
In light of the inevitable process of growing old, what matters in life? The book of Ecclesiastes ends with some important perspective about fixing our priorities and focusing on what matters.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
Duration: 34 mins 8 secs
Wherever we are at in life, the future will always involve risk and uncertainty. Ecclesiastes 11 offers us some insights into how deal with this reality and how to thrive when situations are unclear. (Sermon starts approx. at the :30 mark)
Sun, Nov 20, 2016
Duration: 29 mins 5 secs
In perhaps the darkest chapter of the book, the author revisits some frustrations he has with the world concerning life, death, and wisdom. Despite his pessimistic tone, we can find some very positive truths when we put our New Testament glasses on and consider all God does for us.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016
Duration: 30 mins 53 secs
We're all guilty of making wrong assumptions or expectations at one time or another. Ecclesiastes 8 explores three assumptions that can cause us to become disillusioned. But if we step back and realize that these are false premises, we'll avoid that frustration and disappointment.
Sun, Nov 06, 2016
Wisdom takes the long view instead of the short-term fix. The author of Ecclesiastes promotes the various benefits and aspects of wisdom, especially in contrast to folly.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016
Duration: 35 mins 3 secs
So much of the "American Dream" is wrapped up in a pursuit of power and wealth. The author of Ecclesiastes has some important insights for us about chasing those things and how they won't really pay off.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Duration: 31 mins 23 secs
Ecclesiastes takes a break from pondering the BIG questions about life to focus us on practical, everyday issues. While this passage doesn't take an overly 'happy' tone, there are some very positive lessons we can learn about living life God's way.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016
The older we get, the more we see just how unfair life can be. How should we respond to injustice and unfairness? The author of Ecclesiastes points us in the right direction and New Testament teaching helps fill in the gaps.
Sun, Oct 02, 2016
The author of Ecclesiastes frets over the reality that death is a cloud looming over all of life. He recognizes God's in control of all things, but is still frustrated. His perspective was limited however and he didn't have a fuller picture like we do now. We can look back on these issues through the lens of the New Testament and recognize the glorious hope God has given us through Christ - the one who conquered the grave.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Duration: 35 mins 26 secs
So many in our world are chasing after pleasures that don't truly satisfy. The author of Ecclesiastes took up a similar pursuit and described how it all left him wanting. We assess his journey and the proper view of pleasure as we look at Ecclesiastes 2:1-11.
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