Religion Investigated

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: Life Matters

TITLE:  Religion Investigated

Scripture: Eccl. 5: 1-7

 

“When we obey God, we’re not doing it for God…we’re doing it for ourselves because God takes pleasure when we’re happy…When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really, you’re doing it for yourself.”  (Quote by Victoria Osteen)

 “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Westminster Shorter Catechism

“It is possible to go to church and hear little about God and much about you.” One religious leader

 

I.    NO HEART, NO MEANING

Worship has become a whole lot about me-(my desires, my likes, my preferences) and a lot less about God.

“The essence of sin is that man seeks his own in everything, even in God.” Luther

Three religious rituals Solomon exposes:

1.     (Approaching God) (v.1)  “As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God.”

2.     (Prayer) (Vv.2-3)   See also Mt. 6:7-8

3.     (Commitment) (Vv.4-6)

II.   RIGHT HEART, CONFIDENT APPROACH           

“Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.” (V.7 in NLT)

See story in Luke 18: 9-14

When we come to God we must approach Him with (reverence and awe). He is not some hack we can use or blow off. He is not our homeboy or our co-pilot. He is the (captain). He is the One worthy of our (worship and adoration). He is worthy of our (respect).

 

Theme: Life on the Edge / Series: Life Matters

Title: The Hole- Eccl 5:8-6:12

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