Sermon Bible Study Guides

Ecclesiastes 9:13–11:6 - June 7th, 2019

COMPREHENSION
What does it say?

  1. Read Ecclesiastes 9:13–11:6
  2. What are some repeated words?
  3. What are themes you've seen repeated in the book?
  4. What are some contrasts?
  5. What are the consequences of folly according to the Preacher?
  6. What are the benefits of wisdom according to the Preacher?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence.
  2. Why is it better to have the king be the son of nobility rather than a child (Eccl. 10:16–17)?
  3. What does the Preacher mean by "money answers everything" in Eccl. 10:19?
  4. What does it mean to "cast your bread upon the waters" in Eccl. 11:1?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How much of your life is shaped by confident predictions about the future? (Eccl. 11:5)
  2. Do you shelter yourself from the fear of failure by having space only for the predictable in your life? How can you change this?
  3. How can you determine if you are making wise or foolish choices? How is the local church helpful for this?
  4. Sing "Where Shall I Be?" to God and to one another.

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"