Calvary FMC Newsletter

Published 7/19/18

Hello Calvary FMC Family!

We begin a new series this Sunday from the book of Ecclesiastes, having just completed a series of messages from the book of Genesis. Our last message from Genesis was from chapter 3 which describes the fall of humanity into sin. Normally when we think of that fall we think of sin and death entering into our world, and the marring of relationships between God and humanity, man and woman, humanity and the animal world, and humanity and the world in general.

However, the book of Ecclesiastes talks about the results of the fall in this way: ‘Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.’ The world which was created by God to be ‘very good’ is now declared by that wise man, Solomon, to be the pinnacle of futility. Everything adds up to one big, fat zero. Nothing is satisfying. And, if anyone should know, it would be Solomon. He tells us in his book that whatever his eyes desired that’s what he did. He certainly had the money to acquire and do whatever he wanted. But after plunging in to the full and doing whatever he pleased, he ended up by crying out, ‘I hated life’ (Ecclesiastes 2:17)

We could compare him to the many celebrities we hear about today who seem to have everything they could possibly want: power, fame, prestige, money, cars, fancy homes, sex. And yet, so many of them are miserable and end up committing suicide. Now some would say that Solomon’s cry about hating life was his only perspective on the world. However, it seems to me that Solomon’s cry of futility is tempered by a phrase that occurs nearly 30 times throughout the book. That phrase is ‘under the sun.’ In other words, Solomon concludes that if one looks at life only from an ‘under the sun’ perspective, a view that says what we see is all there is, then yes, indeed, life is a hopeless, wearisome place.

However, there are suggestions throughout that Solomon’s perspective rises above the sun, that he sees that there is indeed a purpose in life, if one returns to the Creator who made this world. Perhaps, in fact, Solomon’s thoroughgoing pessimism about life is meant to drive us back to our Creator in order to find true meaning. The apostle Paul would certainly say that was so. Writing to the Romans, Paul, in fact, declares that God himself subjected this world to the futility that Solomon despairs over, partly in punishment for humanity’s sin, but also ‘in hope’ (Romans 8:20). That hope is that we will seek something beyond this world which will truly satisfy us. While Solomon laments that the appointed times of this world serve to cancel each other out (Ecclesiastes 3:1-9), he goes on to say that God has ‘set eternity in their heart’ (3:11). By making the world unfulfilling, he has placed within our hearts a desire for something which will fulfill us. Yes, humanity has marred God’s world through its sin and rebellion against the Creator. But by allowing us to feel the dissatisfaction of a world without God, He has driven us to seek Him and find true satisfaction in the only place it can truly be found, ‘under the Son.’

Maybe you feel like you, too, have tried everything and nothing seems to satisfy. Why not give Jesus a shot? And then, come and join us as we celebrate true life together.

Join us for the regular activities listed below as well as many other exciting events at CFMC.

  • Adult Sunday school each Sunday @ 9:00 in the Living Room followed by fellowship time @ 10:00
  • Sunday worship @ 10:30
  • Study & Prayer–Wednesday nights @ 6:30
    • If you haven’t joined us in the past, or if you haven’t been with us in a while, I encourage you to join us! Wednesday’s are always a great time of inter-generational discipleship. Right now we are beginning a study on spiritual warfare.
  • Community Potluck–3rd Sunday of each month, following the service.
  • Serving Meals at the Hope Center the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 5:00

Blessing on your week,

Pastor Brian