SERMON NOTES


Proverbs 16:9 NLT

9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.

Ecclesiastes 1:2 NLT

2 “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”

Ecclesiastes 1:5-10 NLT

5 The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again.6 The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles.7 Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea.8 Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.9 History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.10 Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.

Ecclesiastes 1:11

11 We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.

Ecclesiastes 1:12-15

12 I, the Teacher, was king of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem.13 I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race.14 I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.15 What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered.

Hevel: Vapor, breath, Temporary

Life is Temporary

Ecclesiastes 1:2 NLT

2 “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”

Ecclesiastes 2:11 NLT

11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.

Ecclesiastes 6:9 NLT

9 Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.

Hevel: Random, uncontrollable

Life is uncontrollable

Ecclesiastes 2:17 NLT

17 So I came to hate life because everything done here under the sun is so troubling. Everything is meaningless—like chasing the wind.

Ecclesiastes 8:14 NLT

14 And this is not all that is meaningless in our world. In this life, good people are often treated as though they were wicked, and wicked people are often treated as though they were good. This is so meaningless!

Ecclesiastes 12:8 NLT

8 “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless.”

Ecclesiastes 12:11 NLT

11 The words of the wise are like cattle prods—painful but helpful. Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep.

Ecclesiastes 12:12-14 NLT

12 But, my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out.13 That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.

John 12:23-26 NLT

23 Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory.24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.25 Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.26 Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.