Why Doesn’t Anything Work?!

January 24, 2016

Series: Ecclesiastes

Format: Sermons

Why Doesn’t Anything Work?! – Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:12

Sermon Questions

  1. What do you do for work? Where do you most often feel the futility of work in your job?
  2. Read Ecclesiastes 3.16-4.3. The Preacher surveys the work of world. What’s your reaction to his synopsis?
  3. When you see the new headlines that reflect injustice, wickedness and oppression, what’s your typical reaction? (head in the sand – “not going to watch the news!”, disgust, numbness, all of the above?) What can we learn from the Preacher’s response? (Answer: 1) Lament and respond appropriately. 2) See the futility of worldviews without God – they lead to these kind of conclusions)
  4. Does v.22 surprise you? What is so peculiar about this verse and this view of work?
  5. Read Ecclesiastes 4.4-12. What are some modern day examples of what the Preacher describes here? (think in terms of envy motivating work, responding to work w/ indifference/ laziness, responding to work with overwork and frenetic activity, and extreme individualism)
  6. What can we do to help ourselves embrace verse 6 (a handful of quietness/ contentment/ rest versus two hands of toil/ overwork)?
  7. Read 3.18 again and then read Romans 8:20-23. What’s your reaction to God imposing futility on our work? Why is this a mercy?
  8. Why does repentance and rest in Christ lead to a different kind of work?
  9. Do you feel like your current work and vocation is meaningful? Without immediately changing jobs, how can a redeemed view of work change your situation?
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