Sermon Bible Study Guides

Ecclesiastes 3–5:7 - May 3rd, 2019

A Time for Everything

Read Ecclesiastes 3–5:7

  1. List all the different seasons/times the Preacher gives in Ecclesiastes 3:1–8
    1. How would you summarize Ecclesiastes 3:1–8?
  2. What is the reason the Preacher says God's put eternity into man's heart? (3:11)
  3. What do we learn about justice in Ecclesiastes 4:1–16?
  4.  Summarize Ecclesiastes 5:1–7 in your own words
    1. What does the Preacher say about our speech?
    2. What does the Preacher say about making vows to God?

Application Questions

  1. What do the different seasons of life tell us about life under the sun?
  2. How does Ecclesiastes help us from an overly simplistic view of pain and suffering in the world?
  3. How does Ecclesiastes help us not be taken by surprise?
  4. How does the fact that judgment is certain help us walk the Christian life?
  5. What practical steps do you need to take to prevent laziness or being overly busy? 
  6. Glorify God by singing "Behold Our God" together

Ecclesiastes 1–2:26 - April 26th, 2019

All is vanity

Read Ecclesiastes 1–2:26

  1. Explain the meaning of "vanity" in Ecclesiastes in your own words (v. 2)
  2. Explain the meaning of "under the sun" in Ecclesiastes in your own words (v. 3)
  3. List the different categories the preacher addresses as "vanity" in Ecclesiastes 1 and 2.
  4. What does it mean to "toil under the sun"?
  5. How would you summarize the preacher's main message from Ecclesiastes 1 and 2?

Application Questions

  1. What are your impressions of the book of Ecclesiastes?
  2. List three things you would like to change about your life and three things you would like to stay the same
  3. Can you think of instances when you felt you had "gained," only to find that in time you were dissatisfied again?
  4. What strategies do you think people you know, including yourself, use to avoid facing the reality of death?
  5. Sing "Come Ye Sinners" together

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