Ecclesiastes | A LISTEN UP! Bible Study (Baskette)
What's a LISTEN UP! Bible Study, and why is it unique?
God's word is alive. God will always have something new to say to us. That's why the purpose of the LISTEN UP! Bible Study series is not simply learning information about the Bible. It is hearing God speak. There is a difference. In these Bible studies, you will be encouraged to listen: listen to the Bible, listen to your own questions and responses, and listen to the honest sharing among participants in your study group. Trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit, we believe that in that mix of biblical text, personal engagement, and honest speaking and listening, God's word may be heard, speaking words of challenge and words of comfort.
Ecclesiastes LISTEN UP! Bible Study
Sometimes considered the most curmudgeonly and cynical of all the books of the Bible, Ecclesiastes is also praised for telling it like it is. It addresses eternal problems that have always troubled human society: the problem of pain, the fruitlessness of overwork, the vanity of ambition, the age of anxiety, the fear of death and being forgotten. Ecclesiastes reminds us that these are not 21st century problems.
This book of wisdom also reminds us that the great joys in life are fairly simple: snuggling under the covers, having close friends and/or a sweetheart, sunlight, rest, eating good food and drinking good wine, and a good days' work. It offers soothing certainty about what it means to enjoy the good life: waiting, expecting, with open arms, to receive day by day the good things that come from God.
This study is divided into four sections:
- Chapters 1-2 - Vapor of Vapors: Everything Evaporates
- Chapters 3:1-4:8 - A Time for Everything
- Chapters 4:9-6:12 - The Key to Life is in Low Expectations
- Chapters 7-12 - Time and Chance Happen to All
Leader's Guide included in this workbook.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Molly Baskette is Senior Minister at First Church Somerville United Church of Christ, in Somerville, Massachusetts, and author of the bestselling Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead, and Yours Can, Too, published by The Pilgrim Press.
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