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Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end

There is no other book in the Bible like Ecclesiastes. Many think the author had a pessimistic view of life. Over and over he speaks of the vanity of life in this world – that it is confusing, fleeting, perplexing, and in the end, everyone dies! He asks whether there is anything worth doing in this life that would enable us to overcome life’s vanity and futility. He seems to conclude that none of our toiling or efforts can result in “gain,” by which we can overcome the fact that nothing satisfies or results in anything that is truly “new.” What we will discover is that the author, called in the book “the Preacher,” is not a pessimist, but a realist, who wants to help God’s people understand how we can live for God and enjoy his gifts in a broken, complex, confusing and often absurd world. He does this by speaking into the hard realities we face in this world. He makes the point that we can’t change and have no control over the hardest realities of this world. The hardest reality we all face is death. So ultimately he is addressing the question: how do we live given the fact we will die? Yet in the midst of wading through these hard realities, he is able to call us to find enjoyment in the everyday rhythms of work, eating and drinking, and family life, as gifts of God. And even though living for God doesn’t guarantee we avoid all “vanities” of this world, the Preacher affirms that fearing the Lord and keeping his commandments is always the wisest way to live, both now “under the sun,” and in view of our coming judgment before God.

June 9, 2019

Live Boldly

Speaker: Pastor Greg Goostree Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1–11:6

June 2, 2019

Wisdom vs. Folly

Speaker: Pastor Greg Goostree Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 9:11–10:20

May 26, 2019

The gift of life

Speaker: Pastor Greg Goostree Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 9:1–9:12

May 19, 2019

Out of control

Speaker: Pastor Greg Goostree Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 8:1–8:17

May 12, 2019

Wisdom's limitations

Speaker: Pastor Greg Goostree Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 7:13–7:29

May 5, 2019

Better and better

Speaker: Pastor Greg Goostree Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 7:1–7:12

April 28, 2019

Satisfaction not guaranteed

Speaker: Pastor Greg Goostree Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 6:1–6:12

April 7, 2019

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems

Speaker: Matt Eldredge Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:8–5:20

March 31, 2019

Worshiping God

Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:1–5:7

March 24, 2019

It's not about you

Speaker: Pastor Greg Goostree Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:1–4:16

March 17, 2019

Time & eternity

Speaker: Pastor Greg Goostree Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1–3:22

March 3, 2019

The pursuit of happiness

Speaker: Pastor Greg Goostree Series: Ecclesiastes: living life in view of its end Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:12–2:26

March 2, 2014

Grace-based Giving

Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Commitments for a Healthy Church Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1–8:9

February 23, 2014

The Cost of Discipleship

Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Commitments for a Healthy Church Scripture: Luke 14:25–14:35

February 2, 2014

Relationships in the Church

Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Commitments for a Healthy Church Scripture: Colossians 3:12–3:17

January 26, 2014

Advancing the Gospel in Word

Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Commitments for a Healthy Church Scripture: Matthew 28:16–28:20

January 19, 2014

Advancing the Gospel in Deed

Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Commitments for a Healthy Church Scripture: Titus 2:11–2:14

January 12, 2014

Church Community Life

Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Commitments for a Healthy Church Scripture: Acts 2:42–2:47

January 5, 2014

Praying Always

Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Commitments for a Healthy Church Scripture: Ephesians 6:18–6:20

December 29, 2013

Reading God's Word

Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Commitments for a Healthy Church Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14–3:17

December 22, 2013

How can we have Eternal Life?

Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Advent Series Topic: Christmas

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