In this final sermon in our series on Ecclesiastes, Andrew Bowles discusses the Teacher's final words in Ecclesiastes 11:5-12:8 on the 'meaninglessness' of life. How do we understand the opportunities and challenges of the different stages of our lives, as we head toward an uncertain future?
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Andrew Bowles looks at Ecclesiastes 6:1-7:4, where the Teacher critiques 'the pursuit of happiness' and our belief that things in the world are getting better. But Jesus also offered a deeper foundation for hope that can overcome the tragedy and darkness of the world.
It seems like whether we have lots of money or just a little, it still causes us problems. Tim Johnson looks at Ecclesiastes 4 & 5 and the ways in which money can either be a 'phantasmagorical god' or a useful tool for learning thankfulness before God,
This sermon by Andrew Bowles on Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 is about the tension between our desire for a perfect life and the reality that we experience seasons of good and bad times. This encourages us to reflect on why God has placed the desire for eternity in our hearts, and how to face reality with joy and thankfulness.
All of us pursue our dreams of 'the good life', including our vision of the place of success and prosperity in giving meaning to our lives. Ecclesiastes reminds us that even if we achieve everything we ever hope for, it can still fall short of our expectations. The meaning of life is to be found somewhere else. Andrew Bowles considers Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 & 17-23.
What is the meaning of life? Is there any at all? The book of Ecclesiastes challenges us to face the limits of our knowledge about what life is all about and how to live it. Tim Johnson begins by looking at the claim of the 'Teacher' that life is like a cloud of smoke that seems substantial but which we are unable to grasp. Ecclesiastes 1:1-14.