Sermon Archives: Ecclesiastes Sermons

What is the meaning of life? Is this not what everyone is on a quest to find? The preacher in the Old Testament is on this quest, and his research turns up something that is not all that new under the sun. What is the beginning of wisdom? Where does he find meaning? Please listen to our series to follow Qohelet the preacher’s quest for wisdom.

The Essence of Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 12:9-14)

Oct 16, 2011

Paul says that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” This is pretty inclusive regarding how we live our days on this earth. Is Paul alone in understanding the […]

Enduring for a Season (Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8)

Oct 9, 2011

The preacher has stated in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything. He goes through the different seasons of this creation and life. Does this mean that this world which has existed will always exist? If life is vanity then should one want to live a long time? If life is vanity is […]

Serving in the City of Man (Ecclesiastes 10:16-11:6)

Oct 2, 2011

If we do not know what will happen tomorrow should we be really cautious today? After all, is it not better to have more funding than not have funding? If we do not know what will happen tomorrow should we do something today? After all if the work we do will be destroyed in the […]

Living in a Foolish World (Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:15)

Sep 25, 2011

There is the temptation in life to win approval before the world’s eye. After all, the ethic of “keeping up with the Joneses” did not fall from the sky. Is it wise to live life in such a way that we long for the approval of man? Why do we think that it is wrong […]

The Secret to a Happy LIfe (Ecclesiastes 9:1-12)

Sep 18, 2011

When people find success in their lives they are quick to take credit for such success. When successful people face suffering in life they are surprised by such suffering, and sometimes even shocked by such a setback. Is there a guarantee that we can go through life without suffering? Is there a guarantee that we […]

Using Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 8:1-17)

Sep 12, 2011

The preacher asks the question who is wise? It would be interesting to go around asking this very question today. Who would people name as being wise? It would also be interesting to hear the different definitions of wisdom. Is it wrong to have different definitions of wisdom? How does the preacher lay out different […]

A Quest for Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 7:15-29)

Sep 4, 2011

In our contemporary world it is a thing of enlightenment to find wisdom. Some people look for a particular guru that confers wisdom and teaches a wisdom that is helpful. Other people pursue wisdom to find success in this age. It seems in our contemporary culture that we need to simply believe that wisdom is […]

Resting in a Wise God (Ecclesiastes 6:10-7:14)

Aug 28, 2011

I have heard people say before that life is just one big party. I guess there is a sense where you can li your whole life completely for self and think that you will always be at a party. However, can one really find such a life of ease being completely worry free in the […]

What is Wealth? (Ecclesiastes 5:8-17)

Jul 31, 2011

Our Lord says that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. These are strong words and it seems that the logical outcome is that we sell everything. So, if it is difficult for a rich man […]

Wisely Fearing God (Ecclesiastes 5:1-7)

Jul 25, 2011

The preacher in Ecclesiastes has made it clear that we live our lives under the sun. Living our lives under the sun means that we live in this world, we go about our days, and then we die. This sounds rather morbid. Is there any hope that we can have to get us through this […]

Finding Contentment Under the Sun (Ecclesiastes 4:1-16)

Jul 17, 2011

If someone was to ask you, “What is the meaning of life?” What would you say? I almost wonder if this is the new diagnostic question to begin our dialogue with non believers. The reason is because the question is so telling as to what someone cherishes. When we ask this as a Christian we […]

The Problem of Justice (Ecclesiastes 3:15-21)

Jul 10, 2011

The preacher in Ecclesiastes notices that there is wickedness in the place of justice. Does this mean that God has turned his back on this creation? Does this mean that there is no righteousness or justice at all in this life? Does God know that there is injustice? Why would God allow this injustice to […]

Perfect Timing (Ecclesiastes 3:1-15)

Jul 4, 2011

When people quote philosophers or secular wisdom we can be encouraged, and there might be things that we can glean from them in our day to day lives. When we think of Biblical wisdom sometimes we are tempted to think that Biblical wisdom operates in the same way as worldly wisdom meaning that it is […]

Is There Any Joy in this Life? (Ecclesiastes 2:12-26)

Jun 26, 2011

So, the preacher has been looking high and low to find wisdom under the sun. This quest has not been working all that well for him. If it is true, that all under the sun is vanity, then why go to work? Why would we want to continue to live? Why not contemplate one’s suicide […]

The Wisdom of Selfishness (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)

Jun 19, 2011

There is always the temptation to think that preachers who caution people away from worldly living are those who just have not tasted the best of the world. What does the preacher of Ecclesiastes tell us about the world after tasting the best of the world? Does the world offer more than Christianity? Or does […]

The Wind of Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 1:12-18)

Jun 12, 2011

We live our lives in this world. I am sure that many of us have experienced some sort of frustration in life no matter how much life experience we have. Why is this life so frustrating? Why is it that the world cannot settle on what has meaning or the definition of meaning? Is meaninglessness […]