Why do we exist? What is the supreme purpose of mankind?
To glorify God (fear Him and obey Him) and enjoy Him forever!
In the Old Testament, there is a book, the book of Ecclesiastes, in which the author is trying to find the meaning in life. The author of Ecclesiastes was either King Solomon, or someone writing for him, from his perspective. Solomon was a man that was given extraordinary wisdom from God. He ruled as the third king over Israel, following his father, King David. His reign was the pinnacle of Israel’s power and wealth. As the book of Ecclesiastes opens, Solomon explains that he is searching for the meaning of this life, and as he weighs all that he has done and seen under the sun, “all is vanity”. Another translation says that all is meaningless. From the moment that we begin to take our first breaths of this life, we are testing everything. We seek to discover what will make us feel wanted and alive and have true meaning. This book of Ecclesiastes is such a blessing for those who would heed the words of Solomon. Solomon was given incredible wisdom from God, he was one of the wealthiest men alive, and no pleasure of this life was kept from him. Power, Money, Prestige, Pleasure…with all of this at his fingertips, he says “All is Vanity!”
We will begin a sermon series through the book of Ecclesiastes on August 26. This sermon series will take us on Solomon’s journey to his conclusion regarding our true and only purpose in life! The conclusion of the matter is that the meaning of life is to “fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Eccl. 12:13). The whole book of Ecclesiastes is driving toward this conclusion, and this theme weaves its way through Solomon’s entire work.
Here are the upcoming sermons:
- Aug 26 – “All is Vanity” – Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
- Sept. 2 – “Finding True Joy” – Ecclesiastes 2:1-36
- Sept. 9 – “God’s (Sovereign) Timing” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-22
- Sept. 16 – “Relationships – A Necessary Mess” – Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 (Communion)
- Sept. 23 – “God is the One You Must Fear” – Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
- Sept. 30 – “Searching for Satisfaction” – Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12
- Oct. 7 – “Words of Wisdom” – Ecclesiastes 7:1-8:1
- Oct. 14 – “The Infinite Wisdom of God” – Ecclesiastes 8:2-17
- Oct. 21 – “The Certainty of Death” – Ecclesiastes 9:1-10
- Oct. 28 – “Wisdom is Better than Folly” – Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:20 (Communion)
- Nov. 11 – “A Life Well Lived” – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8
- Nov. 18 – “Fear God!” – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14