Jesus in his perfect life, substitutionary death, and glorious resurrection is God as refuge extended to humanity. When we repent and turn to him we are welcomed to experience God as refuge.
Jesus was the whole man we were always meant to be, but in His resurrection, Jesus was raised a new man and New Adam, inaugurating a new lineage through Faith so that we can become sons and daughters of God in our head, who is Christ.
Message Details Passage: Ecclesiastes 7-8:15 Jesus is wisdom incarnate, therefore he shows us how to find meaning in the vanity. Solomon shows us what life is like under the sun. In a world where death, sin, futility, and tyranny are a reality, we have to look to God...
Because of our sin, life “under the sun” is full of uncertainties. Fear of the unknown can paralyze us. But Solomon calls his listeners to wise and faith-filled action based on what they do know while trusting in a sovereign and good God.
The Preacher once again revisits the topic of wisdom and folly, but this time through the lens of chance and probability. Life “under the sun” is full of uncertainties, so how, then, shall we live? The preacher seeks to answer this question.
Message Details Passage: Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:10 Audio Speaker
Jesus is wisdom incarnate, therefore he shows us how to find meaning in the vanity.
As we live this life “under the sun,” the temptation is to believe that if we just had enough wealth, enough stuff, then we would be happy and have lasting joy. Solomon dispels this myth by showing us three problems with wealth and the key to enjoying true wealth.
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Message Details Passage: Ecclesiastes 4:1-16Audio Speaker
The Lord has put eternity into the heart of man. We were made to long for Him because we are made for Him. How foolish we are to seek finite things to fill our infinite longing! May the Lord sour our taste for lesser things, that we might enjoy the sweetness of Him in the midst of Hevel.
The book of Ecclesiastes is a unique book in the canon of Scripture because of its overt pessimistic perspective. But the preacher is only telling us the harsh truth- we have been exiled from Eden and all of our best attempts to recreate Eden are worthless.
As we go through Ecclesiastes, we are going to consider what it means to find joy in a fallen world. Solomon reveals to us that life is meaningless apart from God. If we try to find meaning in anything else, we will be stuck in a monotonous cycle of vanity until we return to the dust from which we came.
We as human beings foundationally orient ourselves to things we perceive are unchanging. But the only things that truly never change are the things rooted in the nature and character of God. In the Gospel of Jesus Christ God welcomes lost afflicted hopeless slaves of sin to cry out to him in repentance and promises that he will respond on the basis of his unchanging love. In Psalm 107 we see God in love deliver his people. We see God in love providentially determine all our days. and we see that it is that same unchanging love of God that moves us to live lives that reflect that divine love for our neighbors.
Brothers don’t dwell in unity. They let personal feelings, preferences, and bitterness get in the way of moving forward together on mission. This psalm shows us God’s perspective on unity. We see how valuable it is and why it matters to him. If unity among God’s people is so important to him, shouldn’t it be very important to us, as well?