Making Sense Of It All, Ecclesiastes 8 & What's a Man To Do, Part III

October 28, 2007Making Sense Of It All, Ecclesiastes 8.  How do we live and act in a broken world?  Solomon offers some wise counsel in this chapter by looking into three key areas of our lives.  The Teacher will discuss the problem with being naïve, how bad the judicial system was (an is), and what to do with the mysteries of life that nag our spirits.  Chapter 8 brings some order of all the disorder in the world.  He promises that God will eventually set everything straight.  We can't be overwhelmed with all the inequities. 

What's A Man To Do? Part III  Installment number three is this coming Sunday. Week 1 was about being a male in an unfriendly culture.  Week 2 was about being a husband in the context of Ephesians 5.  A Christian husband, like Christ, takes the initiative as he leads.  This final installment will focus on the challenge of a being a godly father. Ephesians 6:1-4 and Psalm 78:1-7 will be our primary texts.  As we blend these two great texts together a picture emerges of a father who knows how to train and discipline in a way where the ultimate goals is turning their hearts to God.  There will be some instruction to single moms and single guys who are looking for a mate. 

Ecclesiastes and What's A Man To Do? - Part II

October 22, 2007In Ecclesiastes chapter 6, Solomon looked at three mysteries. In chapter 7 he returns to the topic of wisdom. He will mention “wisdom” 14 times in chapters 7 and 8. He will conclude that as valuable as wisdom is, it cannot explain all of life's mysteries. “Wisdom,” says Solomon “is not about answering questions as much as it is for making a contribution to the quality of our lives.” Chapter 7 visits these areas of contribution.

What's A Man To Do? Part II: In the first installment the role of man as a male was examined. This Sunday our series will take us to the role of men as husbands. The key passage we bring to the table will be Ephesians 5:22-25. Our study will ask what the instructions of this chapter look like in real life. Words like “submission” and “love” are not spiritual buzz words. They are the cement that make relationships work.

New Study Series; What's A Man To Do?

October 16, 2007New study series this coming Sunday, October 21, "What's A Man To Do?"  In the past, we have had extensive studies on the role of women, and after having a weekend seminar last month on Relationships, I felt it would be profitable to example the role of males. In this three-week series we will visit three topics: How do we do this thing called manhood, How do we serve as husbands, and how do we serve as fathers. The Holy Spirit is not silent on these topics. A message to women: Don't turn this topic off! This study affects you massively. Our perception of God's principles directly affect the practice of males in the role of masculinity.

This week's study on Ecclesiastes 6 discusses three of life's mysteries: Why do some not enjoy their riches, why do some labor without some satisfaction, and why are there mysteries that go unanswered? Typical of Solomon's approach to wisdom, he focuses on how to survive perplexities, and not so much about how to explain them. We will look at the three areas where the ancient Jews believed God blessed His favored people. We will also take a look at the word “evil” and the phrase “under the sun” more closely. Read Ecclesiastes 6 in preparation. Ask God for wisdom!

How To Approach God & Defining Who We Are

October 7, 2007Jesus addressed the Pharisees in a harsh way at John 5:37-40. He basically told men who had memorized Scriptures, that they did not know the Scriptures. That would be like individuals with PhDs that they didn't really know the area of their disciplines. What a slap! In our study at 10:30 am, we are going to talk about what Jesus meant in John 5. What is the goal in memorizing Scripture? Why study it? What did the Pharisees miss, and why was Jesus so hard on them? This Sunday's message is entitled, “Defining Who We Are.” It is so easy to forget how we do church in a dying culture.

In our study of Ecclesiastes 5 at 9:30 am, we will learn how to approach God. In this chapter, Solomon takes a break from all the ills of the world. He focuses on the individual who may be facing some tough choices. Ecclesiastes 5 addresses those times when we are in the spiritual desert. When spiritually drained we need to know how to come to God. Solid advice. Sound wisdom for pilgrims who need direction.

Adult class on Ecclesiastes 4 at 9:30 & a new series on 'Objects Of Faith' at 10:30

October 3, 2007This Sunday's Adult Class will examine Ecclesiastes 4. There are four places Solomon wants us to visit: the courtroom, the marketplace, the highway, and his palace. Solomon is concerned with the injustice that goes on in these places. He is careful in stating that there are on answers to these places of oppression, but we can survive them! He will also share with us the four things that derail meaningful relationships.

This Sunday at 10:30, we will look at “Objects Of Faith” – things that can help us develop a working knowledge of the gospel for when those times arise to share our faith. Everyday we notice objects that are important, but do not understand how they work. For example, just about everybody has at least fire extinguisher in his/her house and at work. What if there is a fire? Would you know how to grab the extinguisher and use it? There are many objects we see in our daily routines that might become critical for our use. Recognizing something and having a working knowledge of something are worlds apart.

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