21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000

Skip Heitzig

In Ecclesiastes, Solomon delves into the hard issues of life, and attempts to find satisfactory answers that avert despair. Pastor Skip Heitzig examines Solomon's search for meaning.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 Ecclesiastes 1 What's The Point Of It All
2 Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:11 Common Paths On A Frustrating Journey
3 Ecclesiastes 2:12-26 How An Uplook Can Change Your Outlook!
4 Ecclesiates 3 Caught Between Time and Eternity
5 Ecclesiastes 3:12-22 How's Your View?
6 Ecclesiastes 4 The Case For Companionship
7 Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 You've Come To Church...Now What?
8 Ecclesiastes 5:8-20 Money Matters
9 Ecclesiastes 6 All That Glitters...
10 Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 Seven Ways To A Better Life
11 Psalm 127 Building A House Or A Home
12 Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 Life: A Realistic View
13 Ecclesiastes 8 Are You Getting Along With Uncle Sam?
14 Ecclesiastes 9:1-10 A Matter Of Life And Death
15 Ecclesiastes 9:11-18 Certain Truths For Uncertain Times
16 Ecclesiastes 10:1-10 Four Common Follies
17 Ecclesiastes 10:11-20 Watch Your Mouth!
18 Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 What Are You Doing With Yourself?
19 Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:1 Living Life To The Brim!
20 Ecclesiastes 12 Is That Your Final Answer?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: What's The Point Of It All
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 1
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1277

MESSAGE SUMMARY
In the book of Ecclesiastes written by Solomon, the bell of disillusionment tolls over and over again. It is a book often quoted by unbelievers because it strikes a chord of familiarity. The deepest questions about life are probed by one of ancient society's most brilliant thinkers. Modern men and women would do well to consider this man's journal and especially his conclusions so as not to make the same mistakes.

OUTLINE


  1. The Man of Perplexity (vv. 1, 12-14)

  2. The Motto of the Book (v. 2)

  3. The Monotony of Life (vv. 3-11)

Questions for Discussion:
  1. Consider your own journey in life. Better yet, verbally share your journey with someone. How have you struggled with the hard questions about life? What were the big bumps in the road that accentuated those questions?  What were the pivotal points along the path that brought resolve?

  2. Where is history going? Can you point to a culmination of it all?  Why, then, does life appear to be so repetitive and tedious?

  3. If you were to write a journal about your life, what would be the theme?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Common Paths On A Frustrating Journey
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:11
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1278

MESSAGE SUMMARY
"The pursuit of happiness" is written into the script of the American dream. As a culture we take it literally and go for it wholeheartedly. Have you ever stopped to observe those on that pursuit? Have you ever met someone who stopped pursuing it because they found it?  Solomon, the king of Israel was able to create and finance his own dreams. He walked down many roads to find the illusive golden pot of happiness at the end of the rainbow.  But what was it he found?

OUTLINE

  1. The Path of Learning (1:12-18)

  2. The Path of Partying (2:1-3)

  3. The Path of Building (2:4-6)

  4. The Path of Acquiring (2:7-11)

Questions for Discussion:
  1. What are the most common pathways that people in our society travel to become happy?

  2. Think of those people that you know who are truly happy - in their marriages, in their work, in their relationships, etc. What are the key elements that seem to bring such contentment?

  3. Most commercials promise you a level of happiness if you buy the product and most products come with a warranty against defects. Why don't most products come with a guarantee that you'll be a happier person once you buy it?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: How An Uplook Can Change Your Outlook!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 2:12-26
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1279

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Solomon didn't have a sight problem as he looked around at his world to find fulfillment. His was an insight problem. He saw a world full of allurements that all promised to satisfy but could never produce. For a long time Solomon failed to gain the needed insight, because things on the horizontal plane aren't the source of enjoyment.  It was then that he momentarily turned his eyes upward and, with a flash of perception, had balance brought to his pessimistic perspective.

OUTLINE

  1. Outlook: Comparing Life's Pathways

    1. Comparing Two Approaches to Life

    2. Comparing Two Approaches to Labor

  2. Uplook: Comprehending Life's Purpose

    1. God's Creation Can't Produce Satisfaction

    2. Gift to Mankind is Enjoyment

    3. God Cares for Those Who Seek Him

Questions for Discussion:
  1. Take an "enjoyment inventory" on life. How much satisfaction are you deriving from your sojourn on the earth? Yes, I know you're on your way to heaven, but what's the journey like?

  2. Name a few ways that God has taken care of your needs? How has He lavishly supplied your life with His good gifts?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Caught Between Time and Eternity
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiates 3
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1280

MESSAGE SUMMARY
"Man is the only animal that worships." one observer noted. Have you ever wondered why people always seem to be groping for more than they have?  No matter what our lot in life, no matter where we find ourselves, we want to know what's on the other side of the wall! Is there more? We have the strange predicament of living in time and yet longing to outlive it. Here we discover one of the great truths of Scripture - God is sovereign over both time and eternity.

OUTLINE

  1. Observations: The Balance of Life (vv. 1-8)

  2. Questions: The Bewilderment of Life

  3. Conclusions: The Beauty of Life


    1. Temporal Beauty: God Fits Everything Together in Time (v. 11a)

    2. Eternal Beauty: God Fashions Everyone for Eternity (v. 11b)

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Look over the list of events in verses 1-8. How have you seen God's perfect timing in any of these events? Have you seen God's timing controvert your own timing?

  2. When is hating appropriate? What about war?  Death?  Tearing down? Answer these questions on a personal level – i.e., what sin in your own life do you hate?  What needs to be torn down?

  3. How have you noticed that "eternity in their hearts" has been demonstrated?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: How's Your View?
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 3:12-22
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1281

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Solomon was a torn and conflicted individual. He spouted a cynical glumness as he observed life, then he would lapse moments of optimistic spirituality in his journal. Perhaps that's nowhere better seen than in these paragraphs. Within the span of a few verses his divergent viewpoints can be seen. What Solomon faced is what we all face how to maintain a spiritual outlook while living in a skeptical world!

OUTLINE

  1. The View From Mount Skeptical

    1. Life is Unfair: Humanistic View (v. 16)

    2. Life is Temporary: Mechanistic View (vv. 18-20)

    3. Life is Uncertain: Pessimistic View (vv. 21-22)

  2. The View From Mount Spiritual

    1. Life is a Gift: We Receive From Him (vv. 12-13)

    2. Life is a Test: We Should Relate to Him (v. 14)

    3. Life Has a Retard: We Will Report to Him (vv. 15, 17)

Questions for Discussion:
  1. In quiet moments, when you "talk to yourself" about life, what are the messages?

  2. The choice of viewpoints is between a plan or pandemonium. Do you see your life as being part of GOD'S plan or as random events without a goal of purpose?

  3. How does the knowledge of a final judgment affect how you live your life now?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: The Case For Companionship
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 4
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1282

MESSAGE SUMMARY
God said it from the very start and it's still true today: "It is not good that man should be alone" (Genesis 2: 18). Loneliness and isolation are formidable forces in our fast-paced culture. Separation is easier than integration. Seclusion is easier than assimilation. But these are not better! God created us to be comfortably knit together n meaningful relationships, sometimes in marriage, and at other times as friends.

OUTLINE

  1. An Unrelenting Problem: Loneliness

    1. Due to Oppression (vv. 1-3)

    2. Due to Competition (vv. 4-6)

    3. Due to Compulsion (vv. 7-8)

  2. An Unrivaled Solution: Friendliness

    1. A Premise for Companionship (v. 9a)

    2. A Pattern of Companionship (vv. 9b-12a)

      1. Mutual Reward

      2. Mutual Reassurance

      3. Mutual Refreshment

      4. Mutual Reinforcement

    3. A Promise of Companionship (v. 12b)

Questions for Discussion:
  1. How many close friends do you have? I'm not talking about casual acquaintances but about true companions. Is your life meaningfully tied to a loving and accountable group of God's people?

  2. Write your friend a note to express your appreciation. Follow it up by a verbal affirmation.

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: You've Come To Church...Now What?
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1283

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Think about it: Its 2001, and here you are in church...again! Why? What are you doing here? Now, I'm not trying to discourage you from attending, nor do I want you to turn on your heels and high-tail it out of here. But I do want you to think about why you're here, what happens to you while you are here, and what happens afterwards. The beginning of this New Year is a good time to consider the value of commitments we have made.

OUTLINE

  1. The Worshipper's Approach (vv. 1-3)

    1. Negatively

      1. Superficial Sacrifice

      2. Careless Speech

    2. Positively

      1. Careful walk

      2. An Open Heart

  2. Worshipper's Affirmation (vv. 4-6)

    1. The Follow-Through of a Promise

    2. The Failure to Keep a Promise

  3. The Worshipper's Attitude (v. 7)

Suggestion:
  1. Take a long walk alone. As you walk, evaluate your relationship to God. Take time to talk with Him about your level of commitment to His will for you. Then, take time to listen!

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Money Matters
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 5:8-20
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1284

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Look again at the title, Money Matters. Most of us would say a hearty Amen to it. Money does matter to us: it pays the bills and buys us food to live. But how much is enough and how much will bring us happiness? Can we be trusted with money? Will we use it for the right purposes? In the end what will money profit us?

OUTLINE

  1. Poverty is All Around Us (vv. 8-9)

  2. Prosperity Will Never Satisfy Us (vv. 10-12)

    1. Wealth Invites a Crowd (v. 11)

    2. ­Wealth Promotes Worry (v. 12)

  3. Productivity May Ruin Us (vv. 13-17)

  4. Priority Will Preserve Us (vv. 18-20)

    1. The Priority of Enjoyment

    2. The Priority of Contentment

Pondering the Principles:
  1. To measure your true asset base ask yourself: How much treasure are you laying up for yourself in heaven (Matt. 6: 19-20)? How is that done?

  2. What priorities would you incorporate into your life based on these verses regarding the poor, regarding your portion in life, regarding your financial outlook?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: All That Glitters...
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 6
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1285

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Living in a prosperous country has its advantages. It also has its problems. Solomon understood this since his own nation was experiencing economic growth through free trade and low unemployment. But he was willing to see both sides of the economic coin. Today we consider the personal problems that prosperity can bring and solutions to those problems.

OUTLINE

  1. Lavishness Without Joy (vv. 1-2)

  2. Longevity Without Satisfaction (vv. 3-6)

  3. Labor Without Fulfillment (vv. 4-12)

Pondering the Principles:
  1. How can wealth, longevity and a stable job be both a blessing and a curse? What makes the difference? How does the transition occur? What needs to change?

  2. Why is it so easy to ignore the soul, even though it is the eternal part of a person.<

  3. Commit to memory the three solutions to these common problems. Apply them this week.

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Seven Ways To A Better Life
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 7:1-14
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1286

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Steven Covey, the guru to the business community, wrote his best-selling book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and outlined a strategy for making life count. King Solomon wrote his own list, but by balancing over it you can readily see that the majority wouldn't accept these biblical directives. Let's follow along with this wise king as he takes us on a tour of these seven ingredients:

OUTLINE

  1. Be a Person of Character (v. 1)

  2. Take a Tour of a Mortuary (v. 2)

  3. Make Time for Sadness (vv. 3-4)

  4. Welcome Constructive Criticism (vv. 5-7)

  5. Learn Patience Along the Way (vv. 8-10)

  6. Make Wisdom Your Defense (vv. 11-12)

  7. Trust God to Balance Out Your Life (vv. 13-14)

Pondering the Principles:
  1. How are you known by your friends and acquaintances? What traits make up your name?

  2. Travel back in your mind to a painful experience. What did you feel? What did you learn? How did it make you a better person? What it show you about eternity?

  3. Who in your life can speak frankly with you about your attitude, marriage, work ethic, etc? How do you receive such criticism?

  4. Make a quick list of days of adversity and days of prosperity over the past year. Do they balance out? Is there more evil or more good? Could this be skewed by perspective?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Building A House Or A Home
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 127
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1287

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The reason this psalm is important to us today is because of its author-notice Solomon was the one who wrote it. Here, the master philosopher-builder-entrepreneur reflects on the central core of human life-the home. The Christian leader John Henry Jowett wrote, "Anyone can build a house: we need the Lord for the creation of a home." I believe Solomon penned this psalm during the upswing in his outlook described in the second half of Ecclesiastes.

OUTLINE

  1. A House Built on Vanity (vv. 1-2)

    1. Unblessed Labor

    2. Unnecessary Anxiety

  2. A Home Built on Value (vv. 3-5)

    1. Godly Relationships

    2. Godly Heritage

Pondering the Principles:
  1. How much energy have you spent in managing your "house" compared to your "home"? Are your relationships as strong as the framing and structure of your house? What things would you like to see changed? How will you implement these changes?

  2. If God has given you the gift of children, how are you planning to “launch them”?  In what ways is your own life an example of what you want them to be?  Once they’re launched into life, will they be confident or ashamed? (v. 5)

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Life: A Realistic View
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 7:15-29
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1288

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Solomon has graduated: Rather than tipping the scales completely towards pessimism, he balances out with realism. This is a realistic view at one of man's most puzzling problems. we will explore the nature of man with undiminished realism and find out what it means to us here and now.

OUTLINE

  1. A Perplexing Situation (v. 15)

  2. A Promising Solution

    1. Avoid Imbalance (vv. 16-18)

    2. Apply Wisdom (v. 19)


  3. A Pervasive Condition

    1. Remember It When You Listen (v. 21)

    2. Remember It When You Speak (v. 22)

    3. Remember It When You Study (vv. 23-25; 27-29)

    4. Remember It With Relationships (vv. 26, 28b)

Pondering the Principles:
  1. Has your view of the nature of man changed dramatically since you've become a Christian? What about your view of life’s problems?

  2. Do you find yourself expecting perfection from other people? What about your own performance? When will such expectations be met?

  3. What does it mean to be an authentic Christian?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Are You Getting Along With Uncle Sam?
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 8
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1289

MESSAGE SUMMARY
In one of the most insightful writings about the working of human government, King Solomon shows the problems of it, the power of it, the failure of it, and the believer's relationship to it. We are citizens of God's kingdom, but we also have an earthly address. This means we are to be model citizens attracting others to our heavenly destination.

OUTLINE

  1. A Citizen's Submission

    1. Submission is Part of God’s Will (v. 2)

    2. Submission Can be Enforced (vv. 3-9)

  2. A Government's Provision

    1. An Example of Failure (v. 10)

    2. The Principle of Failure (v. 11)

    3. The Overrule of Failure (vv. 12-13)

  3. A Believer's Position

    1. No Human System is Perfect (v. 14)

    2. Make the Best With What You Have (v, 15)

    3. God Works Behind the Scenes (vv. 16-17)

Read and apply these verses:
  1. 1 Timothy 2:1-3
  2. Romans 13:1-7
  3. 1 Peter 2:13-15

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: A Matter Of Life And Death
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 9:1-10
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1290

MESSAGE SUMMARY
You are alive! You will die! Those two absolutes are as basic as it gets. But how many people really live well? And how many really die well? Solomon's deep probing of the human condition and plan of God drives him to consider these two irreducible certainties. Concerning these two absolutes, there are some things we can't change but some that we can:

OUTLINE

  1. A Common Destiny-Death

    1. Death and Life are in God's Hands (v. 1)

    2. Death is No Respecter of Persons (v. 2)

    3. Death is Greatly Misunderstood (vv. 3-5)

  2. A Cheerful Activity-Life

    1. Add to Your Meals (vv. 7)

    2. Joy to Your Routines (v. 8)

    3. Add joy to Your Marriage (v. 9)

    4. Add joy to Your Work (v. 10)

Pondering the Principles:
  1. What misconceptions have you had in the past about death? (Example: When people die they turn into angels, all people go to the same place, etc.) What changed your views?

  2. Is there a difference between joy and happiness? What is it? What is the biggest threat to your joy personally? What changes do 'you need to make to overcome that challenge?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Certain Truths For Uncertain Times
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 9:11-18
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1291

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Have you ever felt like life is a violin solo and you're wearing mittens? Things can get pretty frustrating from time to time, can't they? In fact how often have you heard (or said), "It's just not fair"? With this seemingly precarious nature of things we must bank on the certainty of other things-divine sovereignty and biblical authority.

OUTLINE

  1. Unpredictability in Horizontal Living (vv. 11-12)

  2. Insensitivity towards Heroic Living (vv. 13-15)

  3. Superiority of Wise Living (vv. 16-18)

Pondering the Principles:
  1. Can you remember an instance of plans gone awry? An expected outcome suddenly took an unexpected turn. What were your honest thoughts during such a time? Did you learn anything from it

  2. Is there a wise counselor or friend in your life who has quietly influenced you behind the scenes of your life? When was the last time you thanked this unsung hero?

  3. What is the role that biblical wisdom plays in your life? Does its input correspond to your life’s output?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Four Common Follies
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 10:1-10
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1292

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The old saying goes, "Man is pretty much a fool: when it's hot he wants it cool; when it's cool he wants it hot-always wanting what it's not!" That might sound simplistic but folly is simply think of and living for the short-term. Solomon in his unique and pithy style points to several areas where folly is demonstrated in life:

OUTLINE

  1. The Folly of Unchecked Temptation (v. 1)

  2. The Folly of an Unrighteous Temperament (v. 2-3)

  3. The Folly of an Uncontrolled Temper (vv. 4-7)

  4. The Folly of Unplanned Toil (vv. 8-10)

Pondering the Principles:
  1. In what areas are you most weak? Why not confess it to close friend who can help keep you in check and support you in getting victory over it?

  2. In what situations do you find yourself exploding? Is your anger a righteous indignation or an unrighteous condemnation? Think of appropriate responses in advance. Practice them this week. Ask the Holy Spirit to tame your tongue!

  3. Especially for the younger: Seek out godly counsel in planning your future occupation. How is God leading you? How wisely are you proceeding?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Watch Your Mouth!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 10:11-20
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1293

MESSAGE SUMMARY
An old proverb reads: "The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in one language is priceless." There are times when that is true. The tendency to let our mouths rule, whether in a conversation or at a meal, can get us into trouble and harm others. Solomon, in poetic style, considers three foolish ways our mouths can be used:

OUTLINE

  1. Babbling

    1. Destructive in Nature (vv. 11-12)

    2. Devoid of Content (v. 13)

    3. Disproportionate to the Needy (vv. 14-15)

  2. Indulging (vv. 16-19)

    1. Too Much Time

    2. Too Many Resources

  3. Maligning (v. 20)

    1. Inwardly

    2. Vocally

Pondering the Principles:
  1. Is your tendency to talk too much, or not enough when needed? Ask him or her if your words are often biting, mocking, or if you put down others? Consider how destructive these tendencies can be.

  2. Now ask your trusted friend (the Lord) to help keep your tongue in check and to allow your tongue to promote blessing and health.

  3. Consider your resources and time: how much of these are spent for God’s work versus yourself?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: What Are You Doing With Yourself?
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1294

MESSAGE SUMMARY
When Dr. Karl Menninger was asked, "What advice do you have for someone feeling a nervous breakdown coming on?" Astonishingly he replied, "Lock up your house, go across the railway tracks, find someone in need, and do something to help that person." I think Solomon would agree. In this section he is winding down his journal with this advice: Give yourself away!

OUTLINE

  1. Invest Yourself (vv. 1-2)

    1. Be Generous

    2. Be Wise

  2. Commit Yourself (vv. 3-6)

    1. Be Diligent

    2. Be Adventurous

    3. Be Dependent

Pondering the Principles:
  1. Are you a tightfisted person? Does generosity mark you? In what ways does this tendency manifest itself in your closest relationships?

  2. Does the uncertainty of the future paralyze you or motivate you? How does your faith in God reveal itself in such situations?

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Living Life To The Brim!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:1
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1295

MESSAGE SUMMARY
A wise pundit once wrote, "Your life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you can spend it only once." Each of us is assigned just one shot at this thing called life. There is an eternity that we are all moving toward. So much of that eternity is shaped by how we live our lives right here and now, and that is one of the sobering thoughts with which Solomon chooses to close his journal. His theme is: Life should be enjoyed to the fullest-within proper boundaries!

OUTLINE

  1. Live Realistically (vv. 7-8)

    1. Days of Sunshine

    2. Days of Darkness

  2. Live Responsibly (v. 9)

    1. Present Enjoyment

    2. Future Judgment

  3. Live Reverently

    1. Have a Clear Mind (v. 10a)

    2. Have a Clean Body (v. 10b)

    3. Have a Committed Spirit (v. 12:1)

Pondering the Principles:
  1. Read John 10:10 and ask yourself if it describes your life. If so, what are those factors? If not, what is missing? What needs to change?

  2. Looking back on your life: Has there been a balance? What percentages of your life have been days of sunshine and days of darkness?

  3. What lies ahead for your future? (In the near future and in the eternal future?)

 


 

SERIES: 21 Ecclesiastes - What's the Point? - 2000
MESSAGE: Is That Your Final Answer?
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 12
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/1296

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Solomon has run his course. His journey is completed. Years have passed since he began his search for meaning in life. After wearing several well-trodden paths of experimentation he now gives his final conclusion-his final answer as to the purpose of life. Boiling all of life down to its unavoidable terminus he leaves us with a few salient truths of guide our course through life.

OUTLINE

  1. Aging - A Sobering Process (vv. 1-5b)

    1. Difficult Days

    2. Debilitating Development

  2. Dying - A Sure Promise (vv. 5c-8)

    1. Description of Death

    2. Description After Death

  3. Preparing - A Smart Practice (vv. 9-14)

    1. We Should Fear (Revere) God

    2. We Should Obey God

    3. We Should Prepare to Give an Account to God

Pondering the Principles:
  1. You’re not getting any younger! (Sorry for the reminder). What kind of a grip do you have on this inevitable reality of your own life's ending? Have you made any long-range plans? Have you made a will? Have you discussed elderly care? Have you made your peace with God?

  2. How often do you take a personal inventory of your own life and your relationship to God as well as to your family, friends, etc.? Take an hour this week and write down a plan as to how to improve in those areas - ask God to help!


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