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An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Lord, you have been our refuge from generation to generation, before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made. You are God from everlasting and world without end. You satisfy us with Your mercy and that soon. You comfort us in the years of adversity. You show Your servants Your work and their children Your glory and so we worship you. Let...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes 11. Solomon, who calls himself the Preacher, who was the king in Jerusalem in this book, the Preacher has been arguing to us that apart from God, apart from a faith relationship in God, life is empty and meaningless. And contrary to what we often hear today as believers, he furthermore says that the...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you’d turn with me to Ecclesiastes, chapter 10, this has been summer with Solomon here at First Presbyterian Church. The Book of Ecclesiastes on Sunday mornings, Song of Solomon on Sunday evenings, and, bless their hearts, the singles in the Crossroads Class have been studying the Book of Proverbs. They've been “Solomoned” to death this summer, but I hope we've gotten some wisdom out of all of...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Turn with me to Ecclesiastes, chapter 9. The author of this Book of Ecclesiastes, he called himself the Preacher, has a thesis and his thesis is: Life is empty; life is vain; life is meaningless; life is futile; life is frustrating; life is trivial; life is without satisfaction. And furthermore he says people attempt to fill that emptiness; they attempt to get relief from the lack of satisfaction...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Please turn in your Bibles to Ecclesiastes, chapter 8. Solomon is not a linear thinker. Following the train of his logic can sometimes be difficult, and I confess openly to you this morning, following his logic in this chapter has escaped me altogether. But there is a main point in this chapter and that is what I want us to focus on.

Let us hear now...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes chapter 7. As we have worked through this book, we have seen the author of Ecclesiastes look squarely in the face of life apart from God, and acknowledge its emptiness, to say that life apart from God is meaninglessness —it is vain; it is futile; it is fleeting; it is without substance or satisfaction.

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An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles, I'd like to invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes, chapter 6, as we continue our way in this book. This is a book about satisfaction, about meaning in life, about fulfillment, about fullness, about significance, about happiness and blessedness. Now, you’re thinking to yourself, “Hmmm, those aren't the words that struck me as I've been meditating on this book over the...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes 5. We've found Ecclesiastes to be a very modern book in the sense of speaking to dilemmas and frustrations that strike us as very contemporary, and giving answers to those dilemmas that have a very current ring to them. This is all the more remarkable in light of the fact that Ecclesiastes forecasts these...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Now turn with me to Ecclesiastes 4. Before we read the passage, let's ask God for His blessing and His Spirit for illumination. Let's pray.

Our Father in heaven, this is Your word. We ask, Holy Spirit, that You would attend the reading of it with a spirit of illumination and understanding for Jesus’ sake, Amen.

Hear the word of God:

Then...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes 3. We've been working these last few weeks for about at month now, in fact, through the first two chapters of this great book of Ecclesiastes, and we've found it to be a very modern book in the sense of speaking to dilemmas that have a very contemporary ring about them, both the questions...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes, chapter 2. As you’re turning there, I want to remind you that the thesis statement for this book is found in the very opening verses, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” In other words, the thesis statement of the Book of Ecclesiastes is the Preacher's claim that life is empty. That's how he puts...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes. Before I read the text, I want to do two things: first, I want to outline the passage we will study, Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, and then I want to remind you of the big picture of the argument of the Preacher so far. Because expository preaching aims not only to faithfully what God is saying...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes 1 as we continue to work through this great, very important, and timely book. We’re trying to ask some hard questions of our selves about our life, about this life in general, and the author of Ecclesiastes has already in the first eleven verses asserted to us that life under the sun, that is...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

The Emptiness of Significance Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the book of Ecclesiastes. Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, in your Old Testament. We’re beginning a summer Sunday morning series on the book of Ecclesiastes, a book that at first reading is filled with despair, frank hopelessness, stiff philosophy, is in fact full of gospel truth. And we...

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