Series: Ecclesiastes | Satisfaction Sold Separately

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Sunday’s Message — Satisfaction Sold Separately

Series: Ecclesiastes | Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12

Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

 

THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN

 

How would you summarize today’s sermon to someone else?

 

How is God speaking to us? How will you respond? (Mt. 7:26-27; James 1:22)?

 

Ecc. 1:8, 5:10; 6:7. In The Greatest Showman, Jenny Lind sings that all the fame and gold of the world “Will never be enough.”  Why can such things never fill, fulfill, or satisfy (Ecc. 1:2; 2:24-25; 5:19)?

 

Isaiah 55:1-2. On what sort of things - “which do not satisfy” - do people spend their money and labor? Why do we spend ourselves on such things?

 

Ecc. 5:15-16; 1 Timothy 6:7; Psalm 39:6. This idea has been restated in the popular bumper-stickers: “There are no U-Hauls behind hearses,” and “He who dies with the most toys still dies.” How should this reality reshape our relationship to and satisfaction with money and possessions?

 

Compare, “God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them” (Ecc. 5:18-19), with, “God gives wealth, possessions, and honor… yet God does not give him power to enjoy them” (Ecc. 6:2). Why must God give us the power “to enjoy” and how does He do so (cf. 1 Tim. 4:4-5; 6:7,17)?

 

How does Jesus’ teaching about money and possessions (Luke 12:22-34), compare to the teaching of Ecclesiastes’ Preacher (5:8-6:12), compare to the teaching of the Apostle Paul (1 Timothy 6:6-10,17-19)? What shared themes are most prominent? What truth does God most want you to take to heart?

 

The Westminster Catechism teaches that, “Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” If we don’t find our ultimate “enjoyment” and satisfaction in God, where will we try to find it? Why then is “enjoying” God so important? How do we grow in our enjoyment of God?

 

Matthew 13:44-46. Receiving the treasure and the pearl were both occasions of great joy – it was enjoyment of the treasure that reoriented the life and priorities of those who discovered that treasure. How has your joy in and enjoyment of Christ transformed your life? How would you like it to transform you? How can you more deeply enjoy the treasure of Christ?

 

 

 

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