Sermon Bible Study Guides

Ecclesiastes 11:7–12:14 - June 21st, 2019

COMPREHENSION
What does it say?

  1. Read Ecclesiastes 11:7–12:14
  2. What does the Preacher say to remember in Eccl. 11:7–10?
  3. What does the Preacher say about youth in Eccl. 11:7–10?
  4. What does the Preacher say to remember in Eccl. 12:1–8?
  5. How does the Preacher end the book of Ecclesiastes? 

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence.
  2. Why does the Preacher say to rejoice in youth? (Eccl. 11:9)
    1. What does it mean to "walk in the ways of your heart"? (Eccl. 11:9)
  3. Why does the Preacher end with reminding the reader to fear God and obey his commandments? (Eccl. 12:13–14)
  4. Why does the Preacher continue referencing death and the end of life throughout the book?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can you do to "remember your Creator"? (Eccl. 12:1)
  2. Are you prepared for the day of judgment?
    1. How do you know if you are or aren't?
  3. What changes have you made in your life because of the book of Ecclesiastes?
  4. Sing "Whate'er My God Ordains is Right" to one another and to God.

Ecclesiastes 8:2–9:12 - May 24th, 2019

PROVIDENCE AND JOY

COMPREHENSION
What does it say?

  1. Read Ecclesiastes 8:2–9:12
  2. What are repeated words/phrases in the passage?
  3. What does Eccl. 8:2–9 tell us about man?
  4. What does Eccl. 8:10–13 tell us about the fear of God?
  5. What does Eccl. 8:14–16 tell us about joy?
    1. What does it tell us about man's finiteness?
  6. What does Eccl. 9:1–12 tell us about death and joy? 
  7. What does the Preacher say about God?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What does the Preacher mean that "it will be well with those who fear God" in Eccl. 8:12?
  2. Why does the Preacher repeat the phrase in Eccl. 8:15
  3. Why does the Preacher continue discussing death in Eccl. 9:1–6?
  4. What does the Preacher mean when he says that love, hate, and envy have already perished in Eccl. 9:5–6?

APPLICATION

How should it change us?

  1. How should this passage change how you think about death?
    1. Has the book of Ecclesiastes made you think more about the end of life and the purpose of life?
  2. What certainties do you rely on in your day-today life?
    1. How does your lack of control in life force you to depend on God?
  3. How should our finiteness impact our aspirations and dreams?
  4. What are some things you could seek to enjoy and relish today and tomorrow?
  5. Remind one another of our firm foundation by singing "How Firm a Foundation"

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