The believers the Preacher was writing to were under quite a bit of pressure. In the same way, we as Christians today are under pressure too. But the Preacher encourages his readers (then and now) to persevere in the face of that pressure. After all, we have a promise from God in Christ that no amount of pressure can overcome. If you’re looking to go deeper into this sermon series, I’ve adapted it from Alexander Schmemann’s book Great Lent, which I’ve found to be a helpful resource on understanding and journeying through the season of Lent.