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Aaron Carlberg - January 13, 2019

Week 1. The Teacher's Hangover - Ecclesiastes - The Existential Hangover

This week we start a new short 33 week sermon series on the book Ecclesiastes. This book is widely popular and often misunderstood. Ecclesiastes asks one of the most important and most frequently asked questions in all of human history: what is the meaning or purpose of life? Ecclesiastes sounds like it could be a thoroughly depressing book as it starts out with words, “meaningless, meaningless, all is meaningless.” The book however must be seen in light of all the rest of the Scriptures, because the rest of the Scriptures actually answer Solomon’s most perplexing question of meaning in life. This book is narrated by the “teacher,” his job is to disrupt us and our thought processes because he doesn’t want to just affirm truths that we already know, but provide a space for honest dialogue and reflection. The teacher forces us to wrestle with what we believe to be true instead of spoon feeding truth to us.

From Series: "Ecclesiastes - The Existential Hangover"

Ecclesiastes is a book that deals with the idea of our existence. The teacher of the book looks at life "under the sun," which is a way to say "our life a part from who God is." Under the sun refers to all of our works that are temporary and contrasts them with things that are eternal, the things that belong to God who isn't confined to live "under the sun." The book looks at a life of someone who achieved everything anyone could have wanted yet still wakes up the next day and says, "now what?" We are calling the series the Existential Hangover because we will deal with our lives and how they are meaningless without Jesus. Ecclesiastes asks questions that can only be answered by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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