Seeking Answers, Finding Joy

A Study in the Book of Ecclesiastes

 

 

 

Sometimes we get frustrated with life.  Its difficulties and inconsistencies make us desperate for answers, but God offers something better than answers.  He offers himself.  Ecclesiastes is an invitation to the weary traveler who is frustrated, beaten, and worn, to enter a shelter and lay your questions there.  It also speaks to the person who finds life very unfulfilled.  God offers the solution to dissatisfaction.  We will scratch our heads together at times.  We will wonder at the mysteries of God.  We will ask hard questions.  Ultimately, we will find joy in him.  This journey begins at the gateway of fearing God. 


Finding Joy in Friendships

Ecclesiastes 4:7-16

Abraham Cremeens

June 13, 2021

Isolation is dangerous for everyone and no less for Christians. Therefore, the Preacher painted a vision celebrating the benefits of relationships and community. God never designed his people to walk with him alone but together. We need one another and life is better with others.

Finding Joy in our Work

Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:6

Gami Ortiz

June 6, 2021

This section of Ecclesiastes explores laboring and toiling under the sun, in the midst of wickedness, oppression, and envy. How is a follower of Christ to work in a way that is meaningful? The Preacher tells us we’ll find joy in our work when we learn to be content.

Finding Joy in God's Gifts

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

Abraham Cremeens

May 30, 2021

There is a time for everything yet some things we wish didn’t exist. Life is good and life is hard. It can be a struggle to know how to navigate. In all seasons, God reminds us to trust him as our good Father. We weren’t meant to do the heavy lifting that only he can do. He instead calls us to enjoy the life he has given in the fear of him.

Finding Joy in Everyday Toil

Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26

Chad Moore

May 23, 2021

The teacher, Solomon, will take us on a journey to explore how "the more we have, the unhappier we are, because we know we will never be ale to get all the things that we want." Either we are living for life under the sun, living life for ourselves, fully invested in the world, or there is life above the sun. 

Finding Joy in Soul Satisfaction

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Abraham Cremeens

May 16, 2021

The world is a fun place and yet it leaves us wanting. It was never meant to fulfill. It simply cannot. The Preacher exposes that in true form to stir your heart to its intended aim – God himself. He alone can satisfy and fulfill. In that respect, he is not interested in dulling your life but in filling it full with true joy in himself.

Finding Joy in Fearing God

Proverbs 9:10

Abraham Cremeens

May 9, 2021

Biblical wisdom is wisdom for living God’s way in the world he made. It emerges from reverence for God and desire to honor him through the many twists that come with life. Ecclesiastes helps us observe where life doesn’t always work out the way we would like. It is only in the fear of the LORD that we can have wisdom in a complex world.