The “Jesus Focus” in Ecclesiastes

Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in the Book of Ecclesiastes 

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook” Chart adapted from Dr. Michael Williams Book

Title for Ecclesiastes

Theme of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 12:13

“Life Questions”

God prompts the Teacher to question the purpose of life.

 “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

Christ-Focus in Ecclesiastes

Implications from Ecclesiastes

Hooks from Ecclesiastes

In Christ alone is found meaning, purpose, and direction in life.

 Jesus said to him,

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

– John 14:6

Let us look for life’s purpose in the eternal truths that God has revealed in Christ.

 “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,

 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

 – Colossians 2:2-3

Why should we bother drawing in another breath?

 Have you become so focused on trying to gain meaning and direction for your life by your own effort that you have neglected the only avenue through which you can expect to find those things?

 How would you rate the meaningfulness of your life right now?

 Where do we go to find out about the true life revealed in Jesus Christ?

 Do you really believe, along with the Teacher, that trying to find fulfillment in things, status, or work is “meaningless”?

 Are you taking any steps to enrich your life by getting to know Jesus better?

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Valley Baptist Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca., and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 29 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and seven grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship of resources, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

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