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Presupposition: We want our life to 
have meaning 
________. 
Ecclesiastes 1:1 The words of the Teacher, 
son of David, ki...
Presupposition: We want our life to 
have meaning 
________. 
2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the 
Teacher. "Utterly me...
pleasure 
1. We try to find IT in ________. 
Ecclesiastes 2:1 I thought in my heart, 
"Come now, I will test you with plea...
pleasure 
1. We try to find IT in ________. 
2 "Laughter," I said, "is foolish. And what 
does pleasure accomplish?"
pleasure 
1. We try to find IT in ________. 
Proverbs 21:17 He who loves pleasure will 
become poor; whoever loves wine an...
pleasure 
1. We try to find IT in ________. 
Ecclesiastes 2:3 I tried cheering myself 
with wine, and embracing folly-my m...
busyness 
2. We try to find IT in ________. 
Ecclesiastes 2:4 I undertook great 
projects: I built houses for myself and 
...
busyness 
2. We try to find IT in ________. 
5 I made gardens and parks and planted 
all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I...
busyness 
2. We try to find IT in ________. 
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a 
man's heart, but it is the LORD's pur...
affluence 
3. We try to find IT in _________. 
Ecclesiastes 2:7 I bought male and female 
slaves and had other slaves who ...
affluence 
3. We try to find IT in _________. 
8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and 
the treasure of kings and prov...
affluence 
3. We try to find IT in _________. 
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more 
desirable than great riches; to be estee...
achievement 
4. We try to find IT in ____________. 
Ecclesiastes 2:9 I became greater by far 
than anyone in Jerusalem bef...
achievement 
4. We try to find IT in ____________. 
11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands 
had done and what I had toil...
THE HIDDEN VIRTUE OF EMPTINESS: 
Point #1: We can only find meaning in 
______________. 
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope ...
THE HIDDEN VIRTUE OF EMPTINESS: 
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; 
here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear 
G...
THE HIDDEN VIRTUE OF EMPTINESS: 
14 For God will bring every deed into 
judgment, including every hidden thing, 
whether i...
THE HIDDEN VIRTUE OF EMPTINESS: 
Point #2: God gives meaning everyda 
________ as 
we put Him first. 
y 
Matthew 23:12 For...
The Virtue of Emptiness
The Virtue of Emptiness
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The Virtue of Emptiness

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10-12-14 Sermon
Pastor Lance Brown
Pacific Church of Irvine
www.pacificchurch.com
2nd message in a series entitled "Dark Clouds, Silver Linings"

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The Virtue of Emptiness

  1. 1. Presupposition: We want our life to have meaning ________. Ecclesiastes 1:1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
  2. 2. Presupposition: We want our life to have meaning ________. 2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."
  3. 3. pleasure 1. We try to find IT in ________. Ecclesiastes 2:1 I thought in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good." But that also proved to be meaningless
  4. 4. pleasure 1. We try to find IT in ________. 2 "Laughter," I said, "is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?"
  5. 5. pleasure 1. We try to find IT in ________. Proverbs 21:17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
  6. 6. pleasure 1. We try to find IT in ________. Ecclesiastes 2:3 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly-my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives.
  7. 7. busyness 2. We try to find IT in ________. Ecclesiastes 2:4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.
  8. 8. busyness 2. We try to find IT in ________. 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.
  9. 9. busyness 2. We try to find IT in ________. Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
  10. 10. affluence 3. We try to find IT in _________. Ecclesiastes 2:7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.
  11. 11. affluence 3. We try to find IT in _________. 8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well--the delights of the heart of man.
  12. 12. affluence 3. We try to find IT in _________. Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. 2 Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.
  13. 13. achievement 4. We try to find IT in ____________. Ecclesiastes 2:9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.
  14. 14. achievement 4. We try to find IT in ____________. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
  15. 15. THE HIDDEN VIRTUE OF EMPTINESS: Point #1: We can only find meaning in ______________. Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. putting God first
  16. 16. THE HIDDEN VIRTUE OF EMPTINESS: Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.
  17. 17. THE HIDDEN VIRTUE OF EMPTINESS: 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
  18. 18. THE HIDDEN VIRTUE OF EMPTINESS: Point #2: God gives meaning everyda ________ as we put Him first. y Matthew 23:12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

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