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My first sermon...a brief overlook on Ecclesiastes and its importance in Christianity

Some people feel that the Old Testament is not worth studying, as it is no longer the law we live under.  I tell you now that this is not true.  2 Tim 3:16 teaches otherwise.  At this time, the only scripture they had WAS the Old Testament.  So we know that the Old Testament must be studied.  It was given to us for a reason. 


In this sermon, we will briefly examine the book of Ecclesiastes, pulling out some key passages and comparing them with the New Testament.  Hopefully we will accomplish 2 things:

  1. Learn more about the book of Ecclesiastes
  2. Learn that studying the Old Testament is necessary and good
Background of Ecclesiastes


        Written by Solomon in 10th century B.C.

        General theme of the futility and meaninglessness of earthly things

        Three distinct sections:

Meaningless of Earthly things


Conclusion of the matter


Meaninglessness of earthly things


Ecclesiastes 1


vs. 2

Temporal things hold no value.  Only spiritual things matter.  Cant take it with you.


vs. 12-18

Knowledge and wisdom useless by itself

        Worldly knowledge will not help, only knowledge of Gods word and of scripture

2 Corinthians 11:18-25







Ecclesiastes 2


vs. 1-3

Pleasure is meaningless

Hebrews 11:25


vs. 7-9

Riches are meaningless

Matthew 6:19-21

Matthew 16:24-26


vs. 13-14

Wisdom is better than folly, but both the fool and the wise die

James 3:13-17


Ecclesiastes 3


vs. 1-3

There is a time and place for everything, endless & weary cycle of life


vs. 17

God brings judgment to all

Matthew 25:31-46


Ecclesiastes 4



All face death, where rest and peace can be found

Philippians 1:21-24


vs. 9-12

Necessity of companionship

        The family, church, marriage, etc.





Ecclesiastes 5


vs. 1-7

True worship is required, in spirit and in truth

Matthew 15:1-9

John 4:23-24


vs. 18-20

Be contented and satisfied with your lot

Philippians 4:10-13


Ecclesiastes 7


vs. 27-29

Our society is really nothing new


Ecclesiastes 8


vs. 2-4

Obedience to kings and rulers

Titus 3:1


vs. 14

Consequence reversal on earth

Ephesians 6:7-8

Mention Psalms 73


Ecclesiastes 10


vs. 1

Even a little folly can outweigh much wisdom

1 Corinthians 5:6-7


Conclusion of the matter


Ecclesiastes 11


vs. 9

Do as you please, but remember Gods judgment

Matthew 25:31-46


Ecclesiastes 12


vs. 1

Serve in youth while more able (less worries, less frailties)

vs. 13-14

Mans purpose to serve God