By Brandon Lemons
This Sunday, we are beginning a sermon series called “Ecclesiastes: The Search for Meaning.” I’ve been wanting to teach on Ecclesiastes for many years, but it never seemed like the right time. Ecclesiastes can feel discouraging. But in fact, it asks vital questions that, while uncomfortable, are necessary to wrestle with in order to live with a lasting sense of meaning.
As I consider all we have endured during the past year, especially with the way COVID has derailed so much of our previous “normal,” I think now is a great time to examine our life and listen to what God has to say about where we go from here.
· If you are yearning for a lasting sense of meaning and purpose, Ecclesiastes is for you.
· If you have experienced some success but found satisfaction to be fleeting, Ecclesiastes is for you.
· If you have dreams and goals for the future, Ecclesiastes is for you.
· If you are young and look forward to what lies ahead, Ecclesiastes is for you.
· If you are dismayed by how quickly the years have flown by, Ecclesiastes is for you.
· If you are weary of the hectic pace of life, Ecclesiastes is for you.
· If you are afraid of dying, Ecclesiastes is for you.
· If you are frustrated by the brokenness of this world, Ecclesiastes is for you.
· If you want to live life to the fullest, Ecclesiastes is for you.
· If you want to glorify and enjoy God, Ecclesiastes is for you.
Have I left anyone off the list? I could go on, but the bottom line is that Ecclesiastes contains essential wisdom for everyone. But…it’s wisdom with an edge. At first glance, Ecclesiastes isn’t comforting; in fact, it’s the exact opposite, at least on the surface. But it is inspired by God to compel us to wrestle with life’s biggest questions – the questions that are frequently suppressed by busyness and distraction; the questions that nag us in the middle of the night; the questions that we may be afraid to even admit we have.
This series will be available in-person and on the livestreamed services. This is also a great opportunity to invite friends or share links with people who may be wrestling with the same topics that Ecclesiastes wrestles with.