How to Enjoy Life
I) Only God is all ________________
So we don’t worry about not understanding everything
II) Only God is all _______________
So we don’t worry when things are out of control
III) Only God is all _____________
So we don’t worry about the future
IV) Death Comes to All
So do what you can in this life
A) Death comes as a result of ______
B) Death is ________
C) Death brings _____________
D) But as long as there is life, there is ________ to
E) Does Solomon really believe in an ____________?
V) We can _________ life because we are God’s!
A) God has “already ____________ what you do”
B) So we enjoy the good things God has _____________
C) And we enjoy our ___________
D) And we enjoy our ___________
A Christian Response to Government
I) We are to ___________ the government
A) _________ the kings command (2)
B) The king has the authority to __________ wrongdoing
C) Which is why the _______ obey (5-6)
II) But there are times when government is ____________
III) We need to _________ that God has it under control
A) Some things cause us to _________
B) We should remember what is normally ________
C) What helps us to ________?
IV) How does a ____________ respond in a democracy?
A) Obey the ________
B) Pay ________
C) Are there times when we don’t _________?
1) When we are told not to ___________
2) When we are told not to ___________
V) What do we do if there are other Biblical _________ that we are told not to speak about?
A) We can deem certain issues as non-essential and
_________ speaking about them
B) We could continue speaking out and suffer the
C) We may end up going _________
Why Fearing God is so Important!
I) There is a disturbing ________________ in life
A) It can make us try to ____________
B) Or just _________ up!
C) Fearing God gives us a ____________
1) __________ righteousness
2) Avoiding _________________
II) The _______________ that comes from fearing God reminds us…
A) That we are all _____________
B) There are limits to our _________________
C) That we have enough knowledge to make good _____________
D) That God is not to blame for our ____________ choices
Never Judge a Book by it’s Cover
I) Prosperity is not the key to ________________
A) Prosperity is not ______________
B) _____________ and progeny are not enough
C) ____________ is not enough
D) __________ is enough!
II) What is better than _______________?
A) A good _____________
B) The day of _________ (rather than the day of birth)
C) Somber ______________
D) Rebuke of the ____________
III) God brings both prosperity and adversity for a __________
God’s Gifts Should Bring Joy
I) Be in _______ of God and keep our word to Him
The OT gives instructions for _______
But people were always trying to get ______ of them
The passage is a reminder that we need to keep our ________
to God and not make rash promises to Him
There is also a reminder here of the importance of
______________ to God
II) Because ___________ is not the most important thing in life
The only one who seems to benefit from riches
is the ___________!
Wealth doesn’t _________
Wealth brings _____________
You ____________ take it with you!
III) So be ___________ and rejoice with what we have, because it is a gift from God
__________ comes from acknowledging God and having a
relationship with Him
God has the times in his hands, so death shouldn’t make
God has set up the harvest, so we should enjoy ________
God’s _________ in life are there for us to enjoy them
(rich or poor)
What Helps us Make it Through Life?
I) Life under the _______ consists of:
II) A relationship with _________ reminds us that:
A) Divine ____________ is a reality
B) There is an _______________
C) We should have _______ in our work
D) __________ is a problem
E) We _________ each other
We can trust in a sovereign God
I) Is there any ______ to life?
A) We plant and we __________
B) We go to _______ and make peace
C) We are ________ and we die
D) We gain and we _______
E) What is the _________?
F) The point is that God has made it this way, and it is
II) We long to understand this “______________”
III) But our understanding is ______________
IV) So we accept what we can understand, live for _______ and enjoy what He has given to us
A) We are to “do _________”
B) We are to ___________
V) Because God is sovereign and controls the times, we should be in ________ of Him
How can I have joy?
I) ______________ is uniquely qualified for this quest for meaning and joy
II) Solomon wonders if (earthly) wisdom can provide _______________
III) Solomon wonders if _____________can satisfy
A) The first test: ______________
B) The second test: ___________
IV) Solomon decides that wisdom is better than ___________
V) Solomon wonders if working to leave a __________ can provide meaning
VI) Solomon declares that _________ is the answer
VII) The Apostle Paul reminds us that that we need to ______________ our lives to God
VIII) Jesus teaches us that ______________ comes from our dedication
IX) Jesus also teaches us that__________ comes from our dedication
X) Jesus agrees with Solomon that there are ________________ for disobedience
XI) The beginning of knowledge, wisdom and joy is when we ____________ in Jesus Christ!
What is the point to life?
I) The Main Problem in Life
B) How do we get to _____________?
C) Nobody wants to translate the word as “vapor” or
1) Some say everything is _______________
2) Some say everything is __________
3) Some say everything is ______________
4) Could it mean everything is _____________
II) An Important Question
A) “What does man ________ by all the toil at which he toils
under the sun?”
B) What could he mean by “under the _______”?
C) Verses 4-11 can be seen as a _________________ on verse 3
III) Nothing Makes a Difference
IV) What can make a difference?
God can make a _________________!
Why Study Ecclesiastes?
I) It was written by the
________________ man to ever live
A) The author claims to be a son of David, king in
B) The author shares life experiences that are
________________ to Solomon’s
C) The author displays the
________________ and teaching
ability that was given to Solomon
II) It teaches a life lesson that comes from years of
(Think of it as a sign of ________________)
III) It was written as a
________________ of what is important in life
A) “Most ________________ book in the Bible.”
B) “How to
________________ the emptiness in life.”
C) Read on the third day of the Feast of
1) Celebrated the
2) The Israelites stayed in
remember their flight from Egypt
3) They read the
4) Every seventh year there was supposed to be a
5) Deut 16:13 “you shall
________________ in your
IV It was written as a
________________ text to take wisdom to the nations
A) Perhaps the book was written with a
________________ was known in the surrounding
C) This may be Solomon’s attempt to bring his God given
wisdom to the surrounding