The book of Ecclesiastes
curriculum for small groups

Amidst all the clamour and complexities of life, many today are searching for the answers to life’s big questions – the same questions King Solomon sought to explore in the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Solomon was unmatched in knowledge, wealth and accomplishments. Writing Ecclesiastes in his latter years with the benefit of experience and hindsight, Solomon reflects on the mortality of man and the ambiguities of life. He observes that life can be lived ‘under the sun’ (devoid of God and substance) or ‘under the hand of God’ (with God and with significance).

In this small group curriculum, Rev. Paul Jeyachandran unlocks the secret to ultimate living from Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. Each session includes a 30 minute video teaching from Rev Paul Jeyachandran as well as a PDF of notes and discussion questions.

Session 1

The Secret to a Good Life

In this session, we will go through the central theme of the Book of Ecclesiastes, and that is to live a God-centred life. It’s a call to put God into the equation of your life and to see your life through the lens of God.

Session 1 Notes
Session 2

The Key to Ultimate Satisfaction

Vanity of vanities! All is vanity. This is the constant theme throughout the Book of Ecclesiates. In his book, Solomon talks about two ways to live: life ‘under the sun’ versus life ‘under the hand of God’. Life under the sun, is meaningless, but life under the hand of God is full of significance. In this study, we’ll discover the key to ultimate satisfaction.

Session 2 Notes
Session 3

Living with Eternity in Mind

Wisdom in time management means we move beyond just engagements, efficiencies and effectiveness. As believers, we need to consider time in relation to our days on earth, but we also need to manage our time in light of the next life and re-orientate our affairs accordingly. What we do in time matters, and the wisdom to invest in the eternal is key to a life well-lived.

Session 3 Notes
Session 4

The Emptiness of Drivenness

Being driven or ambitious is not necessarily a bad thing. But it is our inner motivation that ultimately makes the difference. We can be driven by a sense of competition, compulsiveness or covetousness, or, we can be driven by a sense of calling and destiny.

Session 4 Notes
Session 5

Wisdom for a Better Life

Wisdom for a better life is not about the 'bigger and better' life the world subscribes to, but a life under the hand of God in which learn to understand what wisdom is, why it is important and how it can be applied in our lives for a truly ‘better’ life.

Session 5 Notes
Session 6

Only One Life, Enjoy it Fully!

Living with wisdom means balancing the tensions of life with the fear of God. In this study, we’ll look at Ecclesiastes chapter 9 to discover the secret to enjoying life. We only have one life to live and it is a gift from God that we should enjoy to the full.

Session 6 Notes
Session 7

Beware of Corruption by Foolishness

Nobody wants to be considered a fool, but how we respond in different circumstances reveals whether we are a wise or foolish person. Since foolishness begins in our hearts, we must continually surrender and submit our hearts to our Lord Jesus Christ. Only then can we live a life with wisdom that is oriented towards God's calling for our lives.

Session 7 Notes
Session 8

The Keys to a Fulfilled Life

God is the ultimate owner of everything we have. We are living lives that don’t belong to us—we are living a borrowed life. It’s a life to be enjoyed, but as a disciple of Christ, it’s also a life to be stewarded. When we love God with all our hearts, we will seek to live a life that pleases Him and can do so joyfully!

Session 8 Notes
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