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    Ecclesiastes 4:1-12

    Discussion Questions
    • What stood out most to you from the sermon, and why?
    • Are you willing to be bothered by the oppression you see around you in the world? Is there anything that is dulling your compassion for the hurting and broken? Anything keeping you from comforting their tears as you are able?  
    • In what ways do you measure yourself against others? And how does that comparison lead to restless activity rather than restful contentment? 
    • Are you moving toward others in the isolation you feel? Is the fear of being known or hurt or rejected keeping you isolated? Are you moving toward those who seem to be isolated and alone?
    Prayer Items
    • Take some time to thank God that we don’t have to live life “under the sun”.  Praise Him as the creator and sustainer of life, thank Him for saving you from your sin, and worship Him for the hope of eternal life and the coming glory of His kingdom. 
    • Take some to lament the oppression in the world around us. Ask God for meaningful ways to bring gospel hope and change into that pain. 
    • Ask God for a peaceful and content heart in the midst of an envious age. Ask Him to reveal any ways that you are striving for more because of comparing yourself to those around you. 
    • Thank God for the gift of community and the blessings of being in His family. Pray for those around you who are isolated and alone, and ask God how He wants you to move toward them. 
    • Pray for boldness to use all of these topics as a way to engage the brokenness of those around you and bring the hope of the gospel into their lives.