Weekly Reading for May 2 – May 8
Preparing for Next Week’s MessageSermon Series: What Matters Most
Sermon Title: Learn the Lesson of Timing
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on May 9, 2021:
- SUNDAY: Ecclesiastes 1-2,
- MONDAY: Ecclesiastes 3,
- TUESDAY: Ecclesiastes 4-5,
- WEDNESDAY: Ecclesiastes 6-7,
- THURSDAY: Ecclesiastes 8-9,
- FRIDAY: Ecclesiastes 10-11,
- SATURDAY: Ecclesiastes 12,
Reflecting on the Most Recent SermonSermon Series: Meaningless: What Matters Most
Sermon Title: Pleasure, Wealth, and Accomplishments
Delivered On: May 2, 2021
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Memorize and ReflectEcclesiastes 1:2 2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
Prayer DirectionThank God for the material possessions He has provided for you and ask for wisdom to know that your greatest treasure is Jesus and His grace. Thank God for the many ways He brings joy and pleasure through the things He has made under the sun and pray that your greatest delights will be found in the faith you have in Jesus.
“Live It!” ChallengeNotice the Giver – God has made many wonderful things under the sun and he gives them for our enjoyment. As you enjoy the gifts and blessings of this world, be sure to stop and recognize that God is the giver of each one of them.
Small Group Discussion
Tell about a time you invested money, energy, or time into something that ended up disappointing you? What were you hoping and why did this thing not deliver?
When we read the book of Ecclesiastes, we find King Solomon near the end of his life. As he looks back, he is clearly disappointed. What are some of the things we can do to make sure we don’t get to the end of our life and see the world as he did?
Read: Ecclesiastes 1:2-4 & Ecclesiastes 2:1-3
What are some of the ways people today try to make pleasure-seeking the focal point of their life? Why is this so dangerous and disappointing for so many people?
What are ways that seeking Jesus and following him can bring deep satisfaction and meaning?
Tell about a time you gave up earthly pleasures for the sake of following Jesus. How did you experience deep joy in the pursuit of God’s will for your life?
Read: Ecclesiastes 5:10-17
What are signs and indicators that we are making the pursuit of material things and wealth the focal point of our life?
What are some of the dangerous consequences we might face if we make the pursuit of wealth the central and driving force of our life?
What are some of the gifts, treasures, and blessings God wants to give His children?
Read: Ecclesiastes 2:17-21
What does our world say is the meaning of life? What does God, in His Word, tell us the true meaning of life is.
What are some daily ways we can seek and pursue the things God says bring meaning to life? What is one way you are going to seek God’s will for your life in the coming weeks and how can your group members be praying for you as you seek heavenly meaning?