Date: September 13, 2020
Pastor Pat Testerman
Theme: “Why Am I Here? The Meaning of Life.”
Message Title: “Futility or Purpose: Oh Me! Oh Life!”
Primary Text: Ecclesiastes and Walt Whitman
“What good among these, O me, O life?” asks a poet as he considers what life among the “plodding and sordid crowds” might mean. Thousands of years earlier, another writer lamented, “Vapor of vapors and futility of futilities, says the Preacher, vapor of vapor and futilities of futilities, all is vanity – emptiness, falsity, and vainglory.” Is there a meaning to this life on Earth, and if so, what is it?
Open-Ended Discussion Questions
- General Knowledge Question – How did the message address this month’s theme?: What were some of the examples Pastor Pat used to show how some people have answered the question, “Why am I here?” or to explain the meaning of life?
- Contemplation Questions – What questions of your own did the message bring up?: What are some of the reasons or explanations you have heard or thought about the meaning of life? What are questions you have about those reasons or explanations?
- Practical Application Question – How can I search Scripture’s answers?: Read Ecclesiastes (if you don’t have time to read the whole book, just read the beginning and end: Chapter 1 and Chapter 12). What does “the Preacher” have to say about the meaning of life on this earth?