Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday Sermon Outline: Ecclesiastes 4

Working with God
Ecclesiastes 4

Introduction: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. [14] For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”

I.  Living in an evil world vs. 1-4
     “Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them. [2] So I congratulated the dead who are already dead more than the living who are still living. [3] But better off than both of them is the one who has never existed, who has never seen the evil activity that is done under the sun. [4] I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind.”

 Ecclesiastes 8:12-13; Luke 12:15; James 5:5-6, 8

II. Working in an evil world vs. 5-8
     “[5] The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. [6] One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind. [7] Then I looked again at vanity under the sun. [8] There was a certain man without a dependent, having neither a son nor a brother, yet there was no end to all his labor. Indeed, his eyes were not satisfied with riches and he never asked, “And for whom am I laboring and depriving myself of pleasure?” This too is vanity and it is a grievous task.”

 Romans 6:23

III. Working in God's kingdom vs. 9-12
     “[9] Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. [10] For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. [11] Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? [12] And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” 

 Romans 8:31; Luke 10:1, 4

IV. Favoring God's kingdom vs. 13-16
     “[13] A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction. [14] For he has come out of prison to become king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom. [15] I have seen all the living under the sun throng to the side of the second lad who replaces him. [16] There is no end to all the people, to all who were before them, and even the ones who will come later will not be happy with him, for this too is vanity and striving after wind.” 

2 Timothy 2:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:4

Conclusion: Ecclesiastes 5:1; Hebrews 6:10-12


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