The Center of Reality

October 23, 2016 Speaker: Joel Sutton Series: Chasing after Meaning

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1–15

The Center of Reality

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15


 Ego: Edging God Out


Hopelessness of Life. (vv. 1-9)


God is at the center of reality . . .

… because he is the Creator. (vv. 10-11)

… because he is our Provider. (vv. 12-13)

… because he is the Ruler. (vv. 14-15)


Take Home Idea: God is at the center of reality, so focus your life on him.




"The Center of Reality" Small Group Questions

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15



What was your favorite season as a child? Why? Which is your favorite now?

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

What do you have questions about?


In the list of opposites (vv. 1-8) is the Preacher describing what is or prescribing what one should do? Why do you think so?

When is the connection between this list and vs. 9? What is Solomon trying to say?

In vs. 10, many translations say, “I have seen the burden God has laid on men.” What is the “burden”?

What does it mean to “put eternity into man’s heart” (vs. 11)? What does the rest of that verse mean? How would this truth frustrate the secularist? How would it bring comfort to the believer?

What is the Preacher encouraging in verses. 12-13: Hedonism? Or Gratitude? Or what?

In verses 14-15, what truth do we find out about God? What is God’s purpose in this?

What is the Preacher trying to remind us of in this section of his sermon (vv. 1-15)?


How does God being at the center of your life, change your perspective? Your actions? Your attitude?

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

What “time” is it for you? At what “time” do you doubt God is in control?

Does believing in God as Creator, as Provider, as Ruler free you up to enjoy life? How so?

Close this time sharing and praying together as a group.



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