Sermon Series: Ecclesiastes: Finding Life Through Despair

The writer of Ecclesiastes says that this life is meaningless and not much more substantial than a vapour or fog.  Can life be found in such pessismism?  In this series on the book of Ecclesiastes we find that there is abundant meaning for our lives in a meaningless world.


Introduction to the Book of Ecclesiastes

Why do we find a book like Ecclesiastes in the Bible?  What is the purpose of what seems like such a dismal and cynical writing?  In this introductory message to the book of Ecclesiastes, we come to discover the wonderful benefit for our lives that comes from studying...

The Facts of Life

There are certain things in life that we would consider facts of life.  The need of money to buy our groceries and pay our bills, the value of a good education and that gravity holds us firmly to this earth.  The writer of Eccesiastes would add a few others.  He...

The Meaninglessness of Loot & Leisure

What is the significance in our society of money, possessions and pleasure?  If we do a careful evaluation of our world we find that these three things are primary motivators for much of what we do.  Is this true among Christians as well, or would we say otherwise? ...

The Meaninglessness of Sweat & Status

One of the most common things that happen is that people get up each weekday morning and head out to work. Why do we do it?  There are many reasons, many motivations, but is there any meaning in it?  Do we do it so that we may earn a higher position, do we work to...

The Meaninglessness of Wisdom

The human mind is capable of attaining knowledge and applying it in ways that have made life better for everyone.  But with all of its ingenuity, all its ability to innovate and imagine, it still has not been able to provide the answers to the greater and most...

Living in the Midst of Meaninglessness: Acknowledge God

How can we find meaning for our lives in a world that Solomon says is meaningless?  The things ‘under the sun’ are vanity if we are looking to them to provide the fulfilling life that only God can provide.  For us to live in the midst of meaninglessness we...

Living in the Midst of Meaninglessness: Enjoying the Simple Things

So often it seems that our lives are becoming more and more complicated.  Even with all the advances that have been made in society in an effort to make our lives easier, we seem to have gone away from simplicity and made our lives more complicated.  In the Christian...

Living in the Midst of Meaninglessness: Work

Work is one of those things that is expected and assumed to be part of our lives. In some way we are all doing work, whether that is doing chores around the house, serving customers or running a business.  How often do we find our work to be draining, uninspiring and...

Living in the Midst of Meaninglessness: Relationships

Our relationships with our family, friends, co-workers and church can be highly rewarding while often complicated and frustrating.  In the context of the book of Ecclesiastes our relationships can even be meaningless when we regard them in unhealthy ways.  In this...

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