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Wander Alone or Work Together

October 17, 2010 Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Series: Chasing the Wind - Ecclesiastes

Topic: Exposition Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:7–4:16

Series Review and Summary

A Lesson from Kings (v13-16)

 

Wander Alone or Work Together

The intuitive ache of loneliness

 

Ecclesiastes 4:7-16

Another Vanity (v7,8)

 

Two are better than one (v9-12)

Three Arguments and a proverb

#1 Falling Down

 

#2 Keeping Warm

 

#3 Avoiding the Beat Down

 

A Proverb—A Cord of Three Strands

 

How to end up isolated

#1 Pride and Arrogance

 

#2 Perpetually Separating

 

#3 A Truthless Community

Ephesians 4:1-6

 

#4 A Graceless Community

Ephesians 4:31–32

 

Community Meditation

  • Discuss the difficulties and joys of working together in business, as a family, and as a church community?
  • The Preacher makes three arguments for not living in isolation: falling down (helping one another in the struggles of life), keeping warm (comfort and companionship) and withstanding attack (protection against enemies). How do we need all three in this life?
  • Share some areas where you actually need help from others. 
  • Do you tend to be a loner or find life easily in community?
  • In the message we discussed four things which can keep us separated from others: pride/arrogance, perpetually leaving, not being unified in truth, and living without grace for one another.  Where do you struggle? Prideful independence? Inability to remain in relationships? Being wishy-washy with the truth? Lacking grace for others?
  • Read Ephesians 4 this week. Make a list of the things which unify the family of faith.  Make a second list observing things which could destroy healthy community.

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