Through This Vain World - Leader's Guide

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Through This Vain World
A Bible Study on the Book of Ecclesiastes

by Rev. Steven E. King & Rev. Julie Smith

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? (Ecclesiastes 1:2-3)

The Book of Eccelsiastes has a unique place in Scripture, reflecting on the life of faith with an honest and realistic perspective. This Bible study takes a Christ-centered approach, by looking at the book of Ecclesiastes through the lens of the Cross. It asks the hard questions of purpose and meaning in a world that often seems empty and vain. From the perspective that Martin Luther called a Theology of the Cross, the questions and discussion in this study focus on our calling to take up our cross and follow Christ in faith "through this vain world."

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Table of Contents

1) This Vain World (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11)
    - living as a person of faith in a world that seems hard and empty 

2) The Futile Quest (Ecclesiastes 1:12 - 2:17)
    - searching for meaning amidst the things of this world

3) Stuff Happens (Ecclesiastes 2:18 - 3:15)
    - our common experience of good and evil in the world

4) We’re All in this Together (Ecclesiastes 4:1-16)
    - facing the same struggles, it’s best to face them together

5) You Can’t Take it with You (Ecclesiastes 5:8 - 6:9)
    - focusing on what we possess steals the joy from our lives

6) The Best Within the Worst (Ecclesiastes 7:1-18)
    - sorrow and happiness as two sides of the same coin 

7) The Shadow of Death (Ecclesiastes 3:16-22, 9:1-10)
    - death is the great equalizer; but our Lord has suffered the same fate

8) Joy in Real Life (Ecclesiastes 8:1-17)
    - thankful for the good that God gives us in the here and now

9) Remember Your Creator (Ecclesiastes 11:1 - 12:14)
    - only in God do we find the ultimate meaning for our lives