Sunday 9th September 2018
The Consolations of Wisdom
The threefold path to good decision making – or is there such a thing?
- The goodness of wisdom
- The limits of wisdom
- The path of wisdom
Sunday September 2, 2018
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
- Contentment is a goal to achieve
- Stuff will bring contentment
- More stuff will bring more contentment
- I’m from the Government and I am here to help!
How to find contentment
- Be grateful
- Be a giver, not a consumer
- Live in the present
Sunday 26th August 2018
There is a vast chasm between the way fools and wise people relate to God.
- The fool comes to talk, the wise come to listen
- The fool makes hasty judgements, the wise are humble
- The fool boasts, the wise obey
- The fool doesn’t fulfill his/her vows, the wise keep their word
- The fool focuses on self, the wise fear God
August 12, 2018
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
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.
Sunday 29th July 2018
The advantage of pessimism
Dashed hopes and unfulfilled aspiration
- Expectations and hope in work?
- The endless round of nature
- Satisfaction is as elusive as the wind
So, what are the advantages of pessimism?
- It is a weapon against unfounded optimism
- It causes us to look for purpose from above
Sunday July 7, 2018
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
July 15, 2018
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)