Ecclesiastes 5 : How to be wise in worship

Sunday 26th August 2018

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
Colossians 3:15-17

There is a vast chasm between the way fools and wise people relate to God.

  1. The fool comes to talk, the wise come to listen
  2. The fool makes hasty judgements, the wise are humble
  3. The fool boasts, the wise obey
  4. The fool doesn’t fulfill his/her vows, the wise keep their word
  5. The fool focuses on self, the wise fear God

 

Galatians 5: 13-26. Guest speaker talks about Domestic Violence.

19 August 2018. Sunday 10am. John 13: 13-17. Galatians 5: 13-26. Guest speaker, Jen Lakos from The Cottage Counselling Centre, talks about Domestic Violence- what Domestic Violence (DV) is; how to recognise it; and what we can do to ensure our churches are safe places.

Ecclesiastes 3 : What’s the Point

August 12, 2018

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
Matthew 13:10-16

Why am I here?

Purpose is not found under the sun

Purpose is found beyond the sun

  • God desires our knowledge of him
  • God desires that we enjoy his gifts
  • God desires our worship

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Introduction to Ecclesiastes

Sunday July 7, 2018

Ecclesiastes 12:8-14

Revelation 22:1-11

John Reid provides an Introduction (from the end of the book) to this complex book, in preparation for the study series this term.

Ecclesiastes is an existential book, it is a book about human existence, It asks the great question of post modern men and women: Does my existence here have any meaning at all?

Ecclesiastes shows our greatest fear, which is not so much the of death or the fear of sin or guilt but the meaninglessness of nothing.

Ecclesiastes is deeply despairing book but it is also a deeply honest book

Ecclesiastes answer to question of the meaning of life is the post modern answer namely here is no answer at all

Ecclesiastes only positive advise is to follow the pleasure principle but to remember too that this is the only vanity and that it ends only in death, so you can’t take any of your toys with you

Ecclesiastes describes only what can be empirically be observed of this department of life

Ecclesiastes answer to the question ‘how do you know the truth’ is wholly secular

Ephesians 1:3-14 – God’s purpose for humanity

July 15, 2018

Psalm 85:8-13

Ephesians 1:3-14

God’s purpose for humanity

Unity under the Lordship of Christ

Serving others as God Desires

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)