Sunday Bible Study – Wisdom and Bread Upon the Waters

September 5, 2020 Bible Study, Bible Study, Church Blog0

Step 1:  Opening and Introduction to the lesson – Personal Testimonies from last week’s study and Reflection:  Ever quit a job due to the boss?  What made the boss hard to work for?  What is the worst investment (of time, money, etc.) you ever made?  Why?

Step 2:  Hear – Read:  Wisdom & Bread Upon the Water  Ecclesiastes 10:16 –11:06.

Step 3:  Explore – Discover the Passage

  1. What makes a leader good or bad (vv. 16-17)?  What do verses 18-19 say about government?  How is money the answer (v. 19) the answer?  How should we not revile those in power?
  • What does bread symbolize?  What happens when you cast your bread (v. 1)?  How will the giving of portions help in a time of disaster (v. 2)?
  • What do the matter of fact observations in verse 3 imply?  Why are those who just watch so unproductive and ignorant (vv. 4-5)?
  • How do the observations in verses 3-5 lead to the concluding advice (v. 6)?  How does this relate to the advice in verse 1? 

Step 4:  Connect – Apply the Passage:

  1. As a leader, how conscientious are you?  How generous?  What is your duty to those over you?  Under you?  How does your view of the Bible as God’s words affect that duty / responsibility?
  • How well do you manage your Time?  Money?  Emotions?  To what extent do you act out of love without concern for return?  Why?
  • In what areas of life are your investments too concentrated?  Spread too thin?  In what areas should you apply caution before taking a risk?

Step 5:  Reflect:  Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed…

Pinnacle Lutheran Church Town of Henrietta in Rochester, NY