Ecclesiastes 1-3

Losing the Meaning of Life

Talk 1 of 4 in the series Ecclesiastes 2000 Campus Bible Study.

The next talk in the series is Consumerism and the Good Life.


  1. The setting
    • Teacher, Son of David, King of Israel
    • God
      • burden
      • hand
  2. The structure and pattern of logic
    • cyclical
    • search
    • outcomes
    • comparisons
    • three key terms
      • meaningless
      • what gain
      • under the sun
  3. The Cyclical Nature of Life 1:2-11
    • meaningless
    • humans & history 1:3-4, 10-11
    • nature 1:5-9
  4. The Pursuit of a King 1:12-2:26
    • wisdom 1:12-18
    • pleasure 2:1-11
    • wisdom cf folly 2:12-16
    • work 2:17-23
    • an answer 2:18-26
  5. Timing 3:1-22
    • implication of meaningfulness
    • the burden of God
    • the gift of God
    • the permanence of God
    • the justice of God
    • the uncertain meaningless of death
  6. Our Situation
    • the same
    • radically different

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