Authentic Worship (Ecclesiastes 5:1-7)

AUTHENTIC WORSHIP (ECCLESIASTES 5:1-7)

Making sense of the world begins with quietly worshipping the God of heaven.

I. WORSHIPPING WITH QUIET REVERENCE (VV. 1-7)

A. The Gifts of Man’s Imaginations (vv. 1-7)

B. Gifts / Bribes (v. 1; cf. 1 Samuel 15)

C. Many Words (vv. 2, 7; Matthew 6:7-8)

D. Dreams of Fancy (vv. 3, 7)

E. Empty Vows (vv. 4-5)

F. Authentic Worship (vv. 1-2, 4-5, 7)

II. JESUS, THE SILENT SACRIFICE

A. More than Going through the Motions (John 4:34; 10:17; 12:27; 13:27; Luke 22:42)

B. Silent Wisdom (vv. 1-2)

C. Eating the Food of Jesus (John 4:34)

Discussion Starters

Monday — How do many take the idea of authenticity in worship today? What happens when we become the test of authenticity in worship?

Tuesday — Why are we tempted to use many words in worship and prayer? Why does God say it is better to listen?

Wednesday — What is the allure of dreams? What is the problem with trusting dreams over scripture?

Thursday — What does it mean to guard your steps as you enter into God’s house? Do you feel the weightiness of God’s holiness when you enter into worship?

Friday — What does it mean to offer yourself up as sacrifice of worship? What does truly authentic worship cost you?