Ecclesiastes


The book of Ecclesiastes wrestles with all the ways people pursue life under the sun. Join us as we work through our current message series—Ecclesiastes: Life Under The Sun—and learn how to seek God’s perspective on the pursuit of life.

Ecclesiastes Small Group Facilitator

For the Ecclesiastes summer sermon series would you consider taking a next step and gathering people you already know to process and discuss the weekly sermon? If you are ready for this next step in your spiritual journey, please register here so that we can send you the weekly discussion questions and encourage you. By registering, you would be considered the "host" or "facilitator" of the group.

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Reading Guide

July 4: Pursuing Life

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
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July 11: Pursuing Meaning

Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26
Take some time to reflect on 2:24-26. What do you learn about God and your view of life?

July 18: Pursuing Value

Ecclesiastes 3:1-5:20
As you read 3:1-14, what do you realize about your desire or need to know “why?” What can you learn about God's focus?

July 25: Pursuing Satisfaction

Ecclesiastes 6:1-8:17
As you read 5:1-17, which wise instruction does the author provide? What balance do 5:18-20 and 7:13-18 provide?

August 1: Pursuing Wisdom

Ecclesiastes 9:1-11:10
What does 9:7-10 teach you about today? What is the difference between enjoying the simple pleasures of life and the pursuit of pleasure?

August 8: Finding Life

Ecclesiastes 12:1-12:14
As you read 11:9–12:1, notice the commands. What do you learn? In chapter 12, how is aging a gift?

Terms & Definitions

As you read Ecclesiastes, here are a few, simple definitions to help you as we dive in together:

"Vanity" or "Meaninglessness":

life does not make sense apart from God; it's futile or empty.

"Life Under The Sun":

life from the human perspective rather than from God's perspective.

"Fear of God" or "Fear of the Lord":

a recognition that God is in control, and I am not.

"Gift from God":

to enjoy the simple pleasures of life as a gift from God who makes all things fit together.