Sermon Bible Study Guides

Ecclesiastes 7:1–8:1 - May 17th, 2019

Remember death 

What does it say?

  1. Read Ecclesiastes 7:1–8:1
  2. What does the Preacher say about death in vv. 1–6?
    1. How is the fool contrasted with the wise in v. 4–5?
  3. What does the Preacher say about wisdom in 7:7–8:1?
  4. What does the Preacher say about God?

What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the main idea in your own words.
  2. Why does the Preacher say the day of death is better than the day of birth in v. 1?
    1. How does death teach us about what matters most in life?
  3. Is the Preacher arguing that wisdom is useless in 7:7–8:1? Why or why not?

How should it change us?

  1. How should this passage change how you think about death?
    1. Why is it so difficult to embrace the fact that life has limitations?
  2. Think about the day of your death and ask yourself, what kind of person should I be?
  3. What impact does death have on sins of anger, impatience, greed, and nostalgia from vv. 7–25?
    1. Which of these sins do you need to ask God to help you deal with more wisely?
  4. Remind one another of God's faithful providence by singing "What’er My God Ordains is Right"
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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