Message Notes

June 23, 2019

Ecclesiastes: Making Sense of a Complex World

Ecclesiastes 7:13-29

13 Consider what God has done:

Who can straighten

    what he has made crooked?

14 When times are good, be happy;

    but when times are bad, consider this:

God has made the one

    as well as the other.

Therefore, no one can discover

    anything about their future.


15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:

the righteous perishing in their righteousness,

    and the wicked living long in their wickedness.

16 Do not be overrighteous,

    neither be overwise—

    why destroy yourself?

17 Do not be overwicked,

    and do not be a fool—

    why die before your time?

18 It is good to grasp the one

    and not let go of the other.

    Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.


19 Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful

    than ten rulers in a city.

20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,

    no one who does what is right and never sins.

21 Do not pay attention to every word people say,

    or you may hear your servant cursing you—

22 for you know in your heart

    that many times you yourself have cursed others.


23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said,

“I am determined to be wise”—

    but this was beyond me.

24 Whatever exists is far off and most profound—

    who can discover it?


25 So I turned my mind to understand,

    to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things

and to understand the stupidity of wickedness

    and the madness of folly.

26 I find more bitter than death

    the woman who is a snare,

whose heart is a trap

    and whose hands are chains.

The man who pleases God will escape her,

    but the sinner she will ensnare.


27 “Look,” says the Teacher, “this is what I have discovered:

“Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things—


28 while I was still searching

    but not finding—

I found one upright man among a thousand,

    but not one upright woman among them all.

29 This only have I found:

    God created mankind upright,

    but they have gone in search of many schemes.” (NIV)

The Warped Life

How could you?

A QUESTION...



A COMMAND...



HOW COULD YOU?

How could they?

A CONFUSING OBSERVATION...



HOW COULD THEY?



A WARNING...


"[People who] theoretically admit themselves to be nothing in the presence of…God, but are really all the time imagining how He approves of them and thinks them far better than ordinary people."

-C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

How could I?

A UNIVERSAL CONFESSION...



A PERSONAL CONFESSION...


What's wrong with the world? "Dear sirs, I am."

-G. K. Chesterton



HOW COULD I?

How could he?

Embracing the Teacher's wisdom with fear and faith....


HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?*

Repent.

Remember.

Rejoice.


*pick up elementary students during this time

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A Prayer for Salvation

“Heavenly Father, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but through your Son Jesus I can be more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you that he lived the life I should have lived and paid the debt and punishment I owed. Receive me now for his sake. I turn from my sins and receive him as Savior. Amen.”