THE SEARCH

Finding Meaning in Life

THE SEARCH Part 9: “Living Intentionally”

Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 • October 15, 2017 • Edwin Shepperson

THE SEARCH Part 9: “Living Intentionally” Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 We live intentionally when we… 1…live with a thoughtful attitude. v. 1-4 2…listen to others. v. 5-7 3…learn to be patient. v. 8, 9 4…live in the present. v. 10 5…cultivate wisdom. v. 11, 12 6…live with God’s perspective. v. 13, 14

THE SEARCH Part 8: “Never Satisfied”

Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 • October 8, 2017 • Aaron Giesler

THE SEARCH Part 8: “Never Satisfied” Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 We are not satisfied with… 1…more money. v. 1, 2 2…a better family. v. 3-5 3…a longer life. v. 6 4…a better job. v. 7 5…more knowledge. v. 8 6…more experiences. v. 9 7…more control. v. 10-12 Next Step: This week I will once again turn control over to the Lord and trust Him for my satisfaction.

Searching for God

Part 7: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 • October 1, 2017 • Aaron Giesler

Part 7: “Searching for God ”   Ecclesiastes 5:1-7   I. Observe                   II. Silence                   III. Fulfillment  

Searching for Community

Ecc 4 • September 24, 2017 • Aaron Giesler

Searching for Community Ecc 4 I. Cure II. Obstacles III. Discovery

THE SEARCH: FINDING MEANING IN LIFE Part 5: “History In Perspective”

Ecclesiastes 3:11-4:3 • September 17, 2017 • Aaron Giesler

THE SEARCH: FINDING MEANING IN LIFE Part 5: “History In Perspective” Ecclesiastes 3:11-4:3 I. Philosophy II. Incarnation

THE SEARCH: FINDING MEANING IN LIFE Part 4: “Time Flies”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-10 • September 10, 2017 • Edwin Shepperson

THE SEARCH: FINDING MEANING IN LIFE Part 4: “Time Flies” Ecclesiastes 3:1-10 1. Use of time: How do we spend our time? v. 1-8 *times of acceptance *times of contrast *times of emotion *times of choice 2. Perspective of time: How do we view our time? v. 9, 10 *resigned *received

THE SEARCH: FINDING MEANING IN LIFE Part 3: “Enjoying Work”

Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 • September 3, 2017 • Edwin Shepperson

THE SEARCH: FINDING MEANING IN LIFE Part 3: “Enjoying Work” Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 1. Enjoying work “under the sun.” v. 18-23 *legacy *control *competency *peace of mind 2. Enjoying work “from the hand of God.” v. 24-26 *contentment 6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. 7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. (I Tim. 6:6-8) *presence Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. (I Tim. 6:17) *gifts Next Step: This week I can enjoy my work, content with God’s gifts and provision for me.

THE SEARCH: FINDING MEANING IN LIFE Part 2: “What is Lasting?”

Ecclesiastes 2:1-16 • August 27, 2017 • Edwin Shepperson

THE SEARCH: FINDING MEANING IN LIFE Part 2: “What is Lasting?” Ecclesiastes 2:1-16 1. Is it pleasure? v. 1-3 2. Is it possessions? v. 4-7 3. Is it wealth? v. 8 4. Is it sex? v. 8 5. Is it unlimited access? v. 9-11 6. Is it discernment? v. 12-16

THE SEARCH: FINDING MEANING IN LIFE

Part 1: “A Frustrating Search” • August 20, 2017 • Edwin Shepperson

Part 1: “A Frustrating Search” Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 1. Why is the search so frustrating? v. 1-3 2. Does the frustration end with nature? v. 4-7 3. Does the frustration end with experience? v. 8-11 4. Does the frustration end with intellectualism? v. 12-18