Vanity of Vanities

What is the purpose of life? This age old question results in a variety of answers. Examples of common answers are the pursuits of wealth, power, or knowledge. But what is the true purpose of life? Is life complete when we reach the “magic number” in our bank accounts, step into the CEO position at the company, or read all the classics?

Read Ecclesiastes 2 and Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.

  1. What are the three things the king pursues in Ecclesiastes 2?
  2. Is the king satisfied after he pursues these things?
  3. What is the king’s final conclusion to the purpose of life in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14?

The Resurrection of Christ

This Sunday we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  People will dress in their “Sunday’s Best,” attend church services, and learn about Jesus’ miraculous resurrection where He returned from the dead.  But why is faith in the Jesus’ resurrection important? Is the resurrection of Jesus necessary for the Christian faith?

Read 1 Corinthians 15.

  1. Are our sins still forgiven if Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead?
  2. Do we still have eternal life with God if Jesus wasn’t resurrected?
  3. Based on the two previous questions, is faith in the resurrection of Jesus necessary for the Christian faith?

Loving Our Enemies

When we think about loving people, our minds quickly focus on friends, family, or both.  The fact that we think of love in terms of existing relationships reveals something significant about our perspective of love: We only love those who love us in return.  Is this how God calls us to love?

Read Matthew 5:43-48.

  1. What is the difference between God’s perspective of love, and our perspective of love?
  2. Who is our example for Godly love? What is the example Jesus teaches in this passage?
  3. Why is it important to love as God loves?
  4. Who enables us to love our enemies?