Ecclesiastes Sermon Series
Ecclesiastes 1 & 2 Notes:
1. Who is “the Preacher”?
The words of the Preacher,[a] the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Qohelet – Strong’s #6953 – קֹהֶלֶת ”A collector (of sentences),” “a preacher,” or teacher
REFLECT: When we think of who people are in the Bible, we should also think of who we are. Who do you say you are? Who does God say you are?
2. What is “Vanity”?: 2 Vanity[b] of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
ֶבֶל – “Hebel” – Strong’s Concordance #1892 – “Vapor, breath”: emptiness or vanity; figuratively, something transitory and unsatisfactory;
Pastor Adam’s Notes: Hebel means something has Temporary meaning that cannot be Grasped, rather than a thing with Eternal meaning and Kingdom impact.
REFLECT: What gives meaning in your life? What meaning is temporary and what meaning is eternal?
3. Work and toil are Meaningless… unless done as unto the Lord.
REFLECT: Do you feel fulfilled in the work that you do? How could you shift your thinking about doing you work for the Lord instead of people?
4. There is no lasting fulfillment in selfishly building our own Kingdom.
Instead, we should seek God’s to build the Eternal Kingdom of God.
REFLECT: In what ways have you been building your own kingdom? How might God want to use you to build HIS Kingdom even more?
Ecclesiastes 3 & 4 Notes:
1. There is a time for everything – especially a time for Grace.
God’s grace toward us was not “hebel.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)
REFLECT: How have you experienced God’s grace in your life? How can you show others grace in your life right now?
2. When we try to do that work that belongs to God, all we will find is Hebel.
When we allow God to do His work His way, we will find Fulfillment in the work that He invites us to do.
REFLECT: Do you feel fulfilled in your work? Why or why not? What work is God inviting you to do around you this week?
3. Death is only temporary…if you have Eternal Life in Jesus.
REFLECT: Have you surrendered to Jesus Christ? If yes, when and how? If not, what’s stopping you?
4. Living only for your self is Hebel.
Living for the Church Body with Christ as the Head is a cord that cannot be Broken.
REFLECT: Do you live life on your own or with others? Are you connected with the Church Body in a way that you cannot be separated? What does it mean to you for Christ to be the head of the Church Body?
Ecclesiastes 5 & 6 Notes:
1. We must “Shamar” our steps when we approach the house of God.
1 Corinthians teaches us that all Christians are a Temple of the Holy Spirit!
We should be Careful to utter a “vow” before the Lord.
REFLECT: Do you guard your steps and guard your tongue before the Lord? What does that look like in practical every day life?
2. The kingdom of men is Systemically unjust. It is unjust Beyond any hope on its Own.
Only when justice is paired with the Good News of Jesus Christ is there any real hope for lasting justice.
REFLECT: What is your response to the injustice in this world? How can you help move the lost and hurting from meaningless into eternal hope?
3. When we Delight in the toil of the Lord, we are too Preoccupied with gladness of heart to know “hebel.”
However, if we keep God’s blessings for ourselves, it is “hebel.”
Instead, God blesses us In Order to bless others!
REFLECT: Do you take joy in doing the Lord’s work? Why or why not? In what ways might God be calling you to do more to bless others?
Ecclesiastes 7 & 8 Notes:
1. Living a happy, comfortable, painless life is completely “hebel” (Meaningless)!
Understanding Loss and Sacrifice is far more significant in God’s Kingdom.
REFLECT: How have you avoid discomfort and pain? How can God use the pain you have experienced in your life?
2. You can be physically Alive, but spiritually Dead.
When we surrender our entire lives to Jesus, we put our old lives to Death and experience new Life in Christ.
And that new Life starts with adoption.
REFLECT: Have you experienced God’s adoption? Have you ever considered that God might want you to foster or adopt a child? How can you support other who have been called?
3. “My Body, my Choice is the slogan for “Hebel.”
A born again follower of Jesus is willing to lay their Body and even their very Life down for the sake of God and the sake of others.
REFLECT: Take a serious, prayerful look at your life. In what ways have you demanded your own rights when you could have laid down your privilege to draw others closer to Jesus? How can you still do that today?
Ecclesiastes 9 & 10 Notes:
1. When you live for temporary “Hebel,” you will confuse Love and Hate.
Because God Loves His children, we have hope for eternal significance beyond this world.
REFLECT: Have you ever struggled with the idea that God loves you? Where did that idea come from? What would it look like for you to fully believe God loves you no matter what?
2. God’s design for us is to enjoy our lives with those we love, “with all your Might.”
In order to do so, we must be Washed White and seek God’s Anointing.
REFLECT: Are there areas in your life that you need to surrender to Jesus Christ? What practical steps can you take today?
3. Love and Evil cannot mix.
If we repay evil with evil, evil Multiplies.
Instead, if we Forgive, loves Multiplies.
REFLECT: Can you think of a time in your life when you tried to repay evil with evil? Can you think of a time when you experienced forgiveness? Who can you forgive today?
4. When looking at meaningful love, often we Reap what we Sow.
Thankfully, God’s Grace, through Jesus, breaks that cycle of ”Hebel.”
REFLECT: Has God broken the cycle of “karma” in your life? If so, how? If not, why not?
Ecclesiastes 11 & 12
1. Meaningful Generosity requires Meaningful Sacrifice.
REFLECT: What does Jesus’ sacrifice mean to you? How can you also sacrifice, especially during this season of Lent?
2. Meaningful Generosity is about the Creator, not creation.
REFLECT: Have you ever gotten mixed up in focusing on the creation (money, possessions, things, etc) instead of the Creator? How can you be more focused on the Creator as you give?
3. Meaningful Generosity leads to the Good Shepherd.
REFLECT: Have you ever been the recipient of generosity? Did it lead you closer to God? Why or why not? How can you lead others to Jesus in the way that you give?