Title: Joy in the Mist: The Message of Ecclesiastes
Theme: Ecclesiastes is often viewed in negative or pessimistic terms. After all, “everything is meaningless.” Or is it? Is that the inspired message from the Bible? This conference will look at Ecclesiastes from a perspective that is a positive message of joy.
Theme Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:22-26 (NAS)
22 For what does a man get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity. 24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him? 26 For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God’s sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.
Friday, April 21
5:00 PM – Supper
6:00 PM Message #1 – Is Everything Really Meaningless? Part 1
7:30 PM Message #2 – Is Everything Really Meaningless? Part 2
Saturday, April 22
9:00 AM Spurgeon Association Meeting
2:00 PM Message #3 – Everything is Merely Breath
3:30 PM Message #4 – All Things Beautiful in His Time
5:00 PM Supper
6:00 PM Hymn Sing
6:30 PM Message #5 – Challenges to Enjoying the Gift
Sunday, April 23
9:30 AM Message #6 – God of My Good Days and Bad
10:40 AM Message #7 – When the Gifts Slip Away
This Year’s Speaker: Brain Borgman
Brian Borgman is the founding pastor of Grace Community Church (1994). He earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Biola University (La Mirada, CA), a Master of Divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (Portland, OR) and a Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Seminary (Escondido, CA) and a ThM from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Historical Theology.
Brian and his wife Ariel have been married since 1987. They have three wonderful children, Ashley, Zach and Alex and four grandsons and two granddaughters. He has written Feelings and Faith (Crossway, 2009), among other titles.