Just as the family makes the house a home, so it is that God’s gathered people create a special place for worship. Believers are to actively participate in the local church by attendance, tithing, and by adding their voices in worship. Alistair Begg teaches us that when we are awed by God’s mercy and forgiveness, it leads us to want to please God in all things, including genuine worship.
1Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 3For a dream comes with much business, and a fool's voice with many words.
4When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. 5It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6Let not your mouth lead you1 into sin, and do not say before the messenger2 that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? 7For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity;3 but4 God is the one you must fear.
Trapped in a dark world without God, the writer of Ecclesiastes searches frantically for some light on the path. Indulging in everything this world has to offer leaves him empty and unfulfilled. After climbing high on the ladder of life, he makes the tragic discovery that it was propped against the wrong wall. Growing cynical about life’s achievements, he begins to question the rationale behind everything. These studies touch the pulse of a generation caught between material prosperity and spiritual poverty. Alistair Begg helps us make sense of this relevant book, so that we can live life with purpose and meaning. In order to do this, we must first discover what it means to fear God, which is the beginning of true wisdom.
|A Word to the Wise||Ecclesiastes 1:1-18|
|The Search for Satisfaction||Ecclesiastes 2:1-26|
|Eternity on My Mind||Ecclesiastes 3:1-15|
|All Those Lonely People||Ecclesiastes 4:1-16|
|Concerning Worship||Ecclesiastes 5:1-7|
|In Search of Meaning||Ecclesiastes 5:8-7:29|
|The Case Against Self-Sufficiency||Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 Ecclesiastes 9:1-18|
|Dead Flies and Little Birds||Ecclesiastes 10:1-20|
|Celebrate Life!||Ecclesiastes 11:1-10|
|Remember Your Creator||Ecclesiastes 12:1-8|
|A Surprising Punch Line||Ecclesiastes 12:9-14|