Cracking our Cul-De-Sac Life

Oct 16, 2016 by: Joel Sutton| Series: Chasing after Meaning
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1–2

Cracking our Cul-De-Sac Life

Ecclesiastes 1 & 2

 

Cul-De-Sac Life = Around and Around

Three Things We Run After:

  • Education. Ecc. 1:16-18
  • Pleasure. Ecc. 2:1-3; 8, 10
  • Possessions. Ecc. 2:4-8

The Solution: Christ-Centered Life.

Take Home Idea: Search as we might, true fulfillment in this world is only found in Jesus.

 

"Cracking Our Cul-De-Sac Life" Small Group Questions

Ecclesiastes 1 & 2

 

Opening:

What clothing style was in when you were 15 or 16? Would you be “caught dead” in them today?

Review Pastor Joel's sermon and Take Home Idea. What struck you about the sermon?  What do you have questions about?

Dig:

The word for “Vanity” can also mean “breath” or “vapor”. What then is meant by the motto, “All is vanity”?

What does the theme, “under the sun” (vs. 3, 9) tell you about the perspective this writer has as he writes this book?

How does the generations, the sun the wind and the streams illustrate the Preacher’s point in vs. 8, “All thing are full of weariness”?

Where has the Preacher searched for wisdom?  Why do you think wisdom, knowledge, education, bring sorrow and grief?

What kind of pleasures does this Preacher seek? What is the paradox he finds in his hedonism?

What great projects did he undertake? After all his work, his wealth, his possessions, what was his conclusion (vs. 11)?

Why is this Preacher so unhappy with what so many people would call success?

What does God have to do with satisfaction in work?

Reflect:

What are you running after? Education? Pleasure? Possessions? God?

How does the Preacher’s message, help you focus on the truly important things in life?

Close this time sharing and praying together as a group.

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