WEEK THREE: ADULTS, TEENS & TWEENS

SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 4
Recommended 4th Grade to Adults

There are three books of the Bible that would later come to be called the "wisdom literature." They reveal the collected wisdom of generations of godly people and invite us to consider the complexity and simplicity of living wisely. These three books are the books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Each of these books explores the same basic theme and tackles the same basic question.

The book of Ecclesiastes is the critic's response to Proverbs, which states that we live a good life when we fear God and follow wisdom. Ecclesiastes forces us to face death and chance and the challenges they pose to a naive belief in God’s goodness.

WATCH
Ecclesiastes (Wisdom Literature) video is shown on this page. 

DISCUSS

What stuck out to you about this video?

The narrator of Ecclesiastes, referred to as the teacher, believes that life is hevel, temporary and fleeting like smoke or vapor. Humans try to build meaning and purpose in life apart from God, investing in pursuits and things that have no lasting meaning, but time marches on, we all die, and bad things happen to good people.

READ & REFLECT

Read: Ecclesiastes 1:2-11

Reflect

Do you resonate with the concept of “Hevel?” How do you see this playing out in “real life?”

 

What thoughts or emotions come to mind when considering that time erases all, even the things we work so hard on?

 

Read: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Reflect

What does the statement “there is no meaning or purpose apart from God” mean to you?

 

A gift of God that was mentioned is enjoyment of simple things. What are some of the simple things in life that you find the most enjoyment and meaning in?

FROM THE CLERGY
David Meginniss shares his commentary on this week's lesson. 

WANT TO DIG DEEPER? 

Sunday Morning Coffee Hour will now also include a breakout discussion for Faith Stories.

Cathy Randall will facilitate this discussion for the first two weeks of October! 

Grab your coffee and join us at 10 AM on Sunday!

Follow this link to join us https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85217072369

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