Don’t Stay Isolated

Series: At the Movies | Week 4: Focus on Others

Read Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.


  1. What does Solomon call meaningless?
  2. What are the disadvantages of being alone?
  3. In contrast, what are the advantages of being in proximity with others?


Solomon, the author of Scripture’s wisdom literature, was considered the wisest and wealthiest man on earth. He wrote about the danger of complete self-focus, warning that it only leads to meaninglessness. He encouraged companionship not only for the benefits it brings, but also because of the dangers that isolation brings. We’re stronger when we’re together, able to help each other out in times of need.

If selfishness leads us to be on our own, either through withdrawing from others or pushing them away, we might find ourselves more susceptible to the enemy’s attacks. Jesus described Satan as the thief who “comes to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). We can withstand this battle only with the help of God and in community with others.

Do you have life-giving relationships – people around you, standing back-to-back with you, helping you become more like Jesus? Do you know someone who isn’t in a community like this? What steps can you take to invite them in or encourage them with God’s Word? How do these types of relationships help you move from self-focus to focusing on others?

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Pray through these questions, and write down what God is prompting you to do next. Share with a friend, and take a step to apply it.


During At the Movies, each week we’ll focus on remembering what we read. If you’re new to memorizing Scripture, start by looking at one section of one verse to remember this week.

Read Philippians 2:3-4 again to remember. If you want to begin by memorizing just part of it, start with this phrase:

“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

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