The End of the Matter

In the category of shameless plugs, I finished a three year project today with my sixty-first and final message from Ecclesiastes. Of preaching many sermons there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh, but my life has been changed as I’ve learned about, and tried to practice, enjoying the process. As I told our youth staff, part of me is sad that it’s finished, like moving away from your best friend. Though the friendship isn’t over, I’m going to miss hanging out with the Preacher.

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Reasons to Study Ecclesiastes
Introduction to Ecclesiastes (Pt 1)
Introduction to Ecclesiastes (Pt 2)
1:1-11 Vain Repetition (Pt 1)
1:1-11 Vain Repetition (Pt 2)
1:1-11 Vain Repetition – Review
1:12-18 The Vanity of Wisdom (Pt 1)
1:12-18 The Vanity of Wisdom (Pt 2)
2:1-2 The Vanity of Pleasure (Pt 1)
2:1-2 The Vanity of Pleasure (Pt 2)
2:3 The Vanity of Alcohol
2:4-6 The Vanity of Work
2:7-8a The Vanity of Money
2:8b The Vanity of Music
2:8c The Vanity of Women (Pt 1)
2:8c The Vanity of Women (Pt 2)
2:9-11 Solomon’s Summary on Striving After Pleasure
2:12-17 Wisdom vs. Folly
2:18-23 Out of Control
2:24-26 Enjoying the Process (Pt 1)
2:24-26 Enjoying the Process (Pt 2)
3:1-8 A Time for Every Matter
3:9-15 Everything Is Beautiful In Its Time
3:9-15 GTD vs. ETP
4:1-6 Two Complaints Under the Sun
4:7-12 Only the Lonely
4:13-16 15 Minutes of Fame
5:1-3 Worship With Wisdom (Pt 1)
5:1-3 Worship With Wisdom (Pt 2)
5:4-7 Commit with Caution
5:8-12 Surprise, Surprise!
5:13-17 You Can’t Take It with You
5:18-20 Enjoying the Process Redux
6:1-6 Loathing the Process
6:7-9 A Never-Ending Appetite
6:10-12 Open Mouths and Short Arms
7:1-14 The Advantage of Adversity*
1:1 – 7:14 Yearning for Eternity*
7:15-22 Get Over Yourself*
7:23-29 How It All Adds Up*
8:1-9 Following and Influencing the Man (Pt 1)*
8:1-9 Following and Influencing the Man (Pt 2)*
*** An Appendix on Authority*
8:10-15 Frustration with Injustice (Pt 1)*
8:10-15 Frustration with Injustice (Pt 2)*
9:1-6 It Happens to Everyone*
9:7-10 Act Now Before Its Too Late*
9:11-12 Expect the Unexpected*
9:13-18 What Can Wisdom Do For You?*
10:1-7 Facts About Folly*
10:8-11 Fools Rush In*
10:12-15 Out of the Mouth of Fools*
10:16-20 A Nation of Fools*
*** Why Ecclesiastes Needs Easter*
11:1-6 Preparing for a Rainy Day*
11:7-10 Basking in the Sun (Pt 1)*
11:7-10 Basking in the Sun (Pt 2)*
12:1-8 Remember Your Creator*
12:9-12 The Words of the Wise*
12:13-14 The End of the Matter*
*** Ecclesiastes in Context*

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from Him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?