In the Sunday Life Groups (Sunday school) we are studying from the Bible Studies for Life Series.
Finding Meaning: Wisdom from Ecclesiastes
March 3 – When Life Feels Empty Do you ever feel like you’re on a hamster wheel with no purpose? Join our group as we start a new study that chases that question. We will be in the Book of Ecclesiastes with Solomon, who looked into a lot of different things to find meaning. He only found one way of living that breaks free and gives our lives meaning.
March 10 – The Problem with Pleasure We often try to compensate for the boring or hard parts of our lives by seeking pleasurable experiences. We also like to accumulate things, feeling a sense of security from them. In His love, God created us to enjoy life, but when we pursue those pleasures apart from God, the ultimate pleasure we seek eludes us. Join our Bible study this week as we discover why pleasures fall short in giving our lives meaning.
March 17 – The Problem with Wisdom Join our Bible study this week as we continue our dive into the Book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon was considered the wisest person who ever lived, yet he still felt the futility of life. He knew that wisdom by itself is not enough. Join our discussion as we see how the greatest wisdom comes in trusting God.
March 24 – The Problem with Work If we view our work only from a secular perspective, it will frustrate us and leave us empty. What’s the point of all this work we do if we’re just going to leave it to those who will squander it later? Join us this week as we bring a kingdom perspective to the problem of work.
March 31 -The Problem with Wealth
Money is a good servant when we use it wisely for God’s glory, but it is a terrible and demanding master when we become a slave to it. Many of us think that, if we just became rich, that would solve all our problems. Join us this week as we learn about the problem with wealth and instead find God’s solution.
April 7 – Full Contentment
We all remember how difficult it was to learn obedience when we were kids. But obedience is not just for children. We all benefit from a life of obedience. While Jesus’ obedience has saved our lives for eternity, Solomon reminds us this week that our own obedience is the key to a full life.
He Said What? Hard Sayings of Jesus
April 14 – God Won’t Forgive This Sin Are there some sins God will not forgive? Is being “religious” or “a good person” all it takes to get heaven? Jesus’ confrontation with a group of Pharisees found in the Gospel of Matthew will help to answer these questions. Join us this week as we dive into this discussion!
April 21 – You’ll Never Die Exercise, rest, and a nutritious diet are keys to a long, healthy life. But even with our best efforts, we’ll still face death one day. Jesus said something that is difficult for those driven solely by the natural world to accept: we can live forever. That possibility has nothing to do with science or healthy living. Eternal life is possible because Jesus died and rose again. Join us this week as we study the resurrection of Jesus!
April 28 – Sell Everything You Own We have a tendency to see wealth and prosperity as a sign of God’s favor. This notion was expressed by some as early as the Book of Job, and we see it still today in preachers and televangelists who say God wants us to be financially rich. We hear a different message from Jesus Himself. Join us this week as we study Matthew 19!
May 5 – Love Your Enemies Why is it that Jesus asks His followers to do the hardest things imaginable? Nobody in their right mind would love their enemy and treat him with kindness, right? Well that’s what He said and He meant it, so let’s try to figure out how to do this together this week in Bible study.
May 12 – Let the Dead Bury Their Dead Making the decision to become a follower of Jesus seems like the right thing to do. But Jesus used three examples in Luke 9:57-62 to make it clear that it’s more difficult than you think and sometimes requires radical changes. Are you up to the challenge? Join us this week as we investigate this hard saying.
May 196 – Hate Your Family Just when you thought the hard sayings of Jesus couldn’t get any more difficult, He drops this bombshell: Hate your family. What??? Jesus encourages us to count the costs of following Him in this hard saying. Join us as we try to get our head around this teaching.
May 26 – Exploit Your Friends The parable of the dishonest manager (16:1-12) must have startled the first disciples who heard this story. Bible students today still consider it to be one of Jesus’ most difficult teachings to interpret and understand. So let’s end this study of the hard sayings of Jesus tackling one you may not have heard of before.