Bible Classes Resume Sunday, October 18

All adult and children’s classes will resume this Sunday, October 18. The adults will study Having It All, an interactive class and discussion of Ecclesiastes, emphasizing life application. Adult classes will begin with a 20 to 25-minute lesson presentation to introduce the passage. That presentation will be live streamed to the adult classrooms at our building and to those watching at home. We will start everything moving at 9:25 a.m.; Class begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 10:15 a.m.
Adults 55 and older will meet in the auditorium while other adults will meet in their respective classrooms. After the introduction, leaders will facilitate discussion in each classroom; Tom Steed will lead the discussion in the auditorium. We will wear masks and practice social distancing. If you feel more comfortable, you may sit in the balcony.
Those at home can send questions and comments by email to bibleclass@riverchasechurch.org or by text to 334-703-3494 (Tom’s cell) during class and during the week. Comments and questions may not be included immediately but may be included in future lessons.
Interactive questions will be asked during class. You can participate by logging into https://pollev.com/audiovideode449 or text the word “AUDIOVIDEODE449” to the phone number 22333. This information will be available during class time.

Questions for Week One: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
Are you a spiritual optimist, pessimist or realist? Does this passage reflect spiritual optimism, pessimism or realism?
Summarize the essence of this passage in a couple of sentences. Use your words to describe the mood of this passage? Does it fit 2020? What could be the benefit of studying such a negative passage?
Have you ever felt that life was “meaningless” / vanity / empty? 1:2 Describe the difference between being “depressed” and feeling that life is essentially, empty. Have you felt life was meaningless then recovered a sense of purpose?
What is meant by “all the rivers run into the sea but the sea is never full”? What aspects of life seem cyclical and seemingly endlessly repetitive? 1:7
Have you ever experienced, “the more you know, the more you feel pain”? Would you share that experience? 1:18
Do you agree that there is “nothing new under the sun”? 1:9 Give an example. Why or why not? Is Covid-19 new?