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Ecclesiastes for Beginners

Ecclesiastes is the fascinating journal of a wise man's search for satisfaction and meaning without reference to God. In his life journey Solomon ultimately learns the valuable lesson that without God in one's life, that life is meaningless.

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Introduction to Ecclesiastes

Introduction to Ecclesiastes

34:26   

In this first lesson, Mike reviews some of the basic information about this book. The class will review the life of the author, Solomon, and the circumstances surrounding the writing of this text. (Ecclesiastes 1:1-18)

The Pursuit of Pleasure

The Pursuit of Pleasure

30:09   

Solomon begins his search for happiness and contentment with the exploration of sensory pleasures and reports on his findings. (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)

The Pursuit of Meaning Through Work

The Pursuit of Meaning Through Work

34:38   

Solomon now explores the context in which a person's life and work is carried out - the framework of time. (Ecclesiastes 2:12-26)

A Time for Everything

A Time for Everything

Part 1

34:22   

Solomon now explores the context in which a person's life and work is carried out - the framework of time. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11)

A Time for Everything

A Time for Everything

Part 2

33:51   

In his journal, Solomon has described the various ways he has sought for satisfaction and joy apart from God. In the balance of this chapter he provides some final thoughts on the search for meaning in the events of one's life here on earth. (Ecclesiastes 3:11-22)

A View from the Top

A View from the Top

31:01   

Solomon examines one final area of life (pursuit of wealth and power) in order to find contentment apart from God. (Ecclesiastes 4:1-8)

One Plus One Equals Survival

One Plus One Equals Survival

Solutions To Loneliness

31:45   

In Solomon's experiment with wealth and power he concludes that life at the "top" is filled with grief (oppression, envy, disillusionment). (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

Worship Attitude

Worship Attitude

37:52   

In chapter five there is an abrupt change as Solomon comments on the attitude necessary for proper worship and then goes on to talk about the enemy of spirituality - materialism. (Ecclesiastes 5:1-6:12)

Wisdom Proverbs

Wisdom Proverbs

Live: Sun. Mar 5th // 9:30am CST   

In the first 6 chapters of the book we see the fruit of Solomon's rebellion. By chapter six he has exhausted his search, sees that his results are empty, and comments on this discovery using several parables.

Qualities of a Wise Leader

Qualities of a Wise Leader

Live: Sun. Mar 12th // 9:30am CST   

Solomon is no longer exploring and writing about the various experiences and pursuits of worldly living, which have left him unfulfilled and depressed. He now turns his attention to leadership and the qualities that leaders need to possess.

Comments on the Rat Race

Comments on the Rat Race

Live: Sun. Mar 19th // 9:30am CST   

Solomon has been sharing the fruit of his hard won wisdom. After living apart from God he returns and notes some of the things he has learned concerning wisdom itself.

Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

Live: Sun. Mar 26th // 9:30am CST   

In His return journey to God, Solomon has found that wisdom and wise living are the surest way to find contentment and avoid wasting one's short lifespan.

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