Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Sermon Outline: Ecclesiastes 1

“The Futility of Human Wisdom”
Ecclesiastes 1

Introduction: Ecclesiastes 12:10-11, 13-14; 8:17

I.  The Smallness of Man  vs. 1-7
     “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. [2] “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” [3] What advantage does man have in all his work which he does under the sun? [4] A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. [5] Also, the sun rises and the sun sets; and hastening to its place it rises there again. [6] Blowing toward the south, then turning toward the north, the wind continues swirling along; and on its circular courses the wind returns. [7] All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again.” Genesis 5:29; Romans 8:20; 1 Corinthians 15:19; Luke 12:15

II. The Repetition of Life vs. 8-11
     “[8] All things are wearisome; man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing. [9] That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. [10] Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages which were before us. [11] There is no remembrance of earlier things; and also of the later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance among those who will come later still.”

 III. The Futility of Wisdom  vs. 12-18
     “[12] I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. [13] And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. [14] I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind. [15] What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted. [16] I said to myself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.” [17] And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind. [18] Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.”

1 Corinthians 1:20-21


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