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Beyond Nihilism: Life is not meaningless (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11) // Week 2

Updated: Aug 30, 2020

Published for Week 2, Semester 2, 2020.

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Speaker: Richard Wong

Series: Beyond Nihilism: Life is not meaningless


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The EU continues to encourage faculties to be thinking and praying for people around the world who are Less Reached and Less Resourced (LRLR). For those of you who were at AnCon, we hope this week was a great encouragement and challenge for you to consider how you might serve the LRLR with your skills and resources.

Feel free to ask your faculty members if there are any missionaries or people groups that they have been praying for and encourage them to share and lead the faculty in prayer at this time.

If you are pressed for time, you can pray for the Rawat people group in India. Their main religion is Hinduism and their status is unreached.


Friendly tip: Here are some prayer points you could lead your faculty to pray through in this portion of the faculty gathering.

  • Thank God for another semester of EU activities eg. small group, equip courses. Pray they might be an encouragement to us

  • Pray for quiet and listening hearts as we hear from Richard

  • Pray for God to continue to soften our hearts to LRLR needs

  • Thank God that Bible says there is meaning and hope in our lives because of Jesus

  • Pray for opportunities and boldness to initiate conversations about the meaning and hope we have in Christ with the people around us

  • Pray that God would continue to grow us in being kingdom-minded and to remember that His plan to make disciples of all nations and bring all things under the lordship of Jesus cannot be stopped - even through our current situation


Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

The words of the Teacher,[a] son of David, king in Jerusalem:

2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

3 What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? 4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. 5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. 6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. 7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. 8 All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. 9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. 11 No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.



Think about the students in your faculty/studying your degree. Why might they conclude that their future career is not worth the effort?



Where do you or your friends seek happiness in this life? How might it be taken away?

Do you or your friends want to have hope in life after death? Why or why not?

What aspects of life could you see in a different light knowing that there is life after death? Write these down and spend time in prayer giving praise and thanks to God.


We are continuing in the Year of Evangelism, celebrating 90 years of proclaiming Jesus as Lord at Sydney Uni with the EU! So this semester we're encouraging EVERYONE to make the most of the training resources we have to equip you to share Jesus with others. Here's what is being offered this semester.

1. JCC - Jesus Centred Conversations. Perfect for first years, or for anyone who has never done an equip course before! Get a really solid foundation to knowing and sharing the gospel with your friends. Ask your faculty staffworker when it's happening - it's not too late to join!

2. XC - Crossing Cultures. This course will equip you to engage with international students or others who come from a different culture to your own. Even "Western culture" is incredibly fragmented these days - you may find yourself using your cross-cultural communication skills even with others in your own culture!

3. EWM - Engaging with Muslims. This course will equip you to share Jesus with our Muslim cousins. As Islam continues to grow in Australia and elsewhere, it's more important than ever to be equipped to understand this religion and to be able speak grace and truth to Muslims.

This Year of Evangelism isn't just about our friends today but also about preparing for a lifetime of living in a multicultural society as heralds of the good news of Jesus. That's why we're really encouraging you to get equipped this semester. JCC is already starting in our faculties, and XC and EWM both start in week 4.

4. Sign up at https://sueu.org.au/equip/register

PS. Make sure you join a small group if you haven't joined one yet!

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