Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Duration:44 mins 57 secs
After hearing the Teacher’s deep and sometimes despairing assessment of life under the sun, how should we respond to a book like Ecclesiastes? Are there timeless truths and practical wisdom that apply to us in our own day and time? Join Pastor Jim as he wraps up our study of this fascinating ancient book that overflows with honesty, humility, and hope!
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Duration:42 mins 3 secs
In another bricolage of pithy proverbs Ecclesiastes 10 shows the sharp contrast between those who are given to wisdom and those who are given to folly. Many years after the time of Qoheleth, Jesus drew the same kind of contrast in the closing part of the most famous sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount. Join Pastor Jim as he draws our attention toward the characteristics of godly and practical wisdom that can be found in both Ecclesiastes 10 and Matthew 7.
Sun, Sep 03, 2017
The Irish rock singer Bono calls Ecclesiastes one of his favorite books of the Bible and describes it like this: “It’s a book about a character who wants to find out why he’s alive, why he was created.” In Ecclesiastes 9 Qoheleth talks about the unavoidable certainty of death, the frustrating unpredictability of life and the unique fullness of joy found in a right relationship with God. Join Pastor Jim as he walks us through these timeless truths from the ancient sage known as Ecclesiastes.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017
Duration:41 mins 19 secs
The 17th century French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal once said “Reason’s last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.” Since Pascal was himself a Christian believer, it is quite probable he had read Ecclesiastes 8 in which Qoheleth said something quite similar. Join Pastor Jim as he helps us draw from the well of the wisdom of God preserved for us in Ecclesiastes 8.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Duration:45 mins 20 secs
Ecclesiastes 7 contrasts the biblical views of wisdom and folly. With a landslide of pithy and provocative proverbs, some honest reflection on the brokenness of the human condition, and a reminder of the awesome faithfulness of God, Ecclesiastes continues to challenge, inform and inspire. Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks the ancient wisdom found in Ecclesiastes 7.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
Written by one of the wisest and wealthiest persons who ever lived, what does the ancient wisdom book of Ecclesiastes have to teach to us about wealth? In what ways has the human condition changed or stayed the same when it comes to the accumulation and management of wealth in our own time? Join Pastor Jim as we explore the riches of God’s wisdom found in Ecclesiastes!
Sun, Aug 06, 2017
Duration:39 mins 55 secs
Ecclesiastes has taught us that God has placed eternity in our hearts. This means we will always have a deep longing for God. Now, in chapter 5, Qoheleth gives us some instruction on the ways we should go about approaching God to worship Him. Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks this short passage, shows us how it connects to New Testament teaching and ultimately, finds its completion in the Gospel of grace through Jesus Christ.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
Duration:44 mins 36 secs
Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16 serves up another patchwork quilt of wisdom from above. What’s the difference between human beings and animals? What’s the difference between human beings and God? Why do the powerful so often take advantage of the weak and vulnerable? What are the benefits of faithful companionship and friendship? Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks some practical and timeless truths from this ancient wisdom book.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Duration:43 mins 54 secs
Ecclesiastes 3 begins with a simple but profound statement: “There is an appointed time for everything.” Then follows an amazing ancient poem which may be the most well known passage from Ecclesiastes, made popular in 1965 by a band called the Byrds. The author continues to give voice to our deepest questions and to point forward to his grand conclusion in chapter 12. What does it mean when he says God has put eternity in our hearts? What does it mean when he says God has worked it so that we should fear Him? Join Pastor Jim for this insightful and encouraging study from Ecclesiastes 3.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Duration:46 mins 56 secs
What do knowledge, laughter, pleasure, productivity and wealth all have in common? The author of Ecclesiastes was able to accumulate and experience more of these things than anyone else and yet he still declared they left him feeling empty, and everything under the sun was mere vanity. What lessons can we learn from this ancient Old Testament book and how does it lead us to God’s solution for our chronic dissatisfaction and ennui? Join Pastor Jim as he explores the answers to these questions and more from one of the most overlooked wisdom books, Ecclesiastes.
Sun, Jul 09, 2017
Duration:37 mins 37 secs
The book of Ecclesiastes offers clear-eyed realism and stirs us to wrestle with some of the life’s biggest questions. Join Pastor Jim as he shows us how this ancient wisdom book acknowledges the tension of living life with mystery, restlessness and ennui without trivializing anyone’s lament or cynicism or by offering simplistic, glib, or jejune answers. There is a grand conclusion, and yes, it points to the gospel of Jesus Christ!