THE STORY: What's the Point? June 24, 2018 Pastor Jimmy Parris
The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Absolute futility,” says the Teacher. “Absolute futility. Everything is futile.” What does a man gain for all his efforts that he labors at under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:1-3
1. UNDERSTAND THE FUTILITY OF LIFE
2. THE HEART OF THE FUTILITY IS OUR TRIVIAL PURSUITS
a. He wanted to know something.
I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly; I learned that this too is a pursuit of the wind. Ecclesiastes 1:17
b. He wanted to enjoy something.
I said to myself, “Go ahead, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy what is good.” But it turned out to be futile. I said about laughter, “It is madness,” and about pleasure, “What does this accomplish?” I explored with my mind how to let my body enjoy life with wine and how to grasp folly — my mind still guiding me with wisdom — until I could see what is good for people to do under heaven during the few days of their lives. Ecclesiastes 2:1-3
c. He wanted to do something.
I increased my achievements. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself. I made gardens and parks for myself and planted every kind of fruit tree in them. I constructed reservoirs of water for myself from which to irrigate a grove of flourishing trees. Ecclesiastes 2:4-6
d. He wanted to have something.
I acquired male and female servants and had slaves who were born in my house. I also owned many herds of cattle and flocks, more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. I also amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I gathered male and female singers for myself, and many concubines, the delights of men. Ecclesiastes 2:7-8
e. He wanted to be something.
So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; my wisdom also remained with me. Ecclesiastes 2:9
3. FOCUS ON YOUR TRUE PURPOSE.
In addition to the Teacher being a wise man, he constantly taught the people knowledge; he weighed, explored, and arranged many proverbs. The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and write words of truth accurately. The sayings of the wise are like goads, and those from masters of collections are like firmly embedded nails. The sayings are given by one Shepherd. But beyond these, my son, be warned: there is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body. When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:9-14
A. TAKE GOD'S WORD SERIOUSLY.
i. It Motivates
ii. It Anchors
B. Fear God
C. Keep His Commandments