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  • Refresh My Strength Series

    Contributed by Mark Haines on Oct 16, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    Jesus came with an invitation not a list of religious rules and rituals.

    PATTERN: DEDUCTIVE TEXTUAL – EXPOSITORY Introduction: The top 10 reasons you are too busy to pray today: 1. You wake up feeling rested, then realize your alarm should’ve gone off an hour ago. 2. Your spouse is away on a two-day business trip that’s lasted all week. 3. None of the clean clothes you more

  • The Freedom Of Forgiveness Series

    Contributed by Brad Bailey on Oct 8, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    Some say that religion is merely moral rules to control behavior, Jesus transcends religious rules to address a deeper spiritual need.

    Introduction Some people have said that religion is the development of myths and stories to provide moral principles to control human behavior…to create moral rules in order to control social behavior. There are certainly some destructive tendencies that social groups would want to contain. I more

  • Stop Chasing Shadows! Series

    Contributed by David Dykes on Oct 9, 2006
    based on 8 ratings

    Keeping religious rules and observing religious rituals in order to be close to God are only a shadow of the "real thing," a relationship with Him through Jesus.

    INTRODUCTION In the time of the early church, there were people in the churches who were teaching that once you became a Christian, you still had to obey the Jewish regulations and rituals to be religiously correct. That kind of false teaching still exists in the 21st century. In this series I’m more

  • Rules Are Rules Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jun 1, 2014
    based on 46 ratings

    The Pharisees of Jesus' day died long ago. But their spirit lives on in congregations across the land. How can we recognize if we have become like the Pharisees, and what did Jesus teach us about what we need to know to avoid becoming like those men?

    (Before reading the text I noted that the stories in this section of Mark detailed the conflict between Jesus and a religious group known as the Pharisees… and I emphasized the word "Pharisees" as I read through the text) OPEN: Back in the 1980’s, the Minnesota Twins had this more

  • The Heart Of Religion

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Aug 19, 2021

    Religious traditions and rules can be harmful, or they can provide a framework for a heart transformed. The heart is transformed by the Holy Spirit.

    THE HEART OF RELIGION—Mark 7:1-23 If you would ask 100 people, maybe on a street corner of a university or in your neighborhood, “What do you think about religion?” What would you hear? Some people would politely say, “It’s not bad to be religious, if you are into that.” Some might be glad to more

  • Christ Verses Legalism

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Apr 27, 2018
    based on 1 rating

    Christ has not only set us free from sin, but he has also set us free from religious rules and regulations.

    CHRIST VERSES LEGALISM Text: Col. 2:16-19 Introduction 1. Illustration: "What must I forsake?" a young man asked. "Colored clothes for one thing. Get rid of everything in your wardrobe that is not white. Stop sleeping on a soft pillow. Sell your musical instruments and don't eat any more white more

  • The Rules Of Rules Series

    Contributed by Denn Guptill on Oct 27, 2003
    based on 27 ratings

    A look at the book of Levitiucs and the role rules play in our lives.

    Rules, anyone here into rules? You know laws, decrees, regulations, whatever it is that you want to call them. If you are here’s the good news the book of Leviticus is full of rules, aren’t you lucky? As a matter of fact rules is just about all Leviticus is about. There is really no story to it, more

  • Religious

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Nov 19, 2004
    based on 10 ratings

    The differences/advantages of being a Jew versus a Gentile.

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: George Barna does a great deal of research in religious circles. In surveys taken a few years ago (1996 and 1997), he found some amazing facts. Most Americans, including many professing Christians, believe that people are inherently good, and that their primary purpose more

  • Religious Rebels (Joseph And Nicodemus) Series

    Contributed by Pat Cook on Apr 19, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    #2 in series, about 2 guys who broke free from religion’s rules and traditions, to serve Jesus.

    John 19:38-42 – Were You There? #2 – Religious Rebels (Joe and Nick) As we continue through our pre-Resurrection series, or our Passion series, we come to 2 unlikely heroes in the mix. Last week, we examined the lives of the religious leaders, and how their adherence to the rules combined with more

  • Rules Are Made To Be Broken Series

    Contributed by Ken Pell on Nov 27, 2006
    based on 4 ratings

    Discover the counter-cultural ethic that Jesus utilized as he ministered and saved the human race.

    RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN Mark 2:18 – 3:6 Sermon #4 of “Ten Cultural Myths that Drive America” This is the fourth sermon in our sermon series, “Ten Cultural Myths that Drive America” from the first six chapters of Mark. Last week we looked at “Shop ‘Til You Drop” from Mark 2:13-17. We discovered more

  • Are You Righteous Or Religious

    Contributed by Melvin Maughmer, Jr. on Feb 28, 2021
    based on 2 ratings

    Dr. Martin Luther King "If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain". Righteousness is the quality or state of being morally correct and justifiable “behavior that is morally justifiable or right.”

    Are You Righteous or Religious? By Bishop Melvin L. Maughmer, Jr. OPENING: - A couple of weeks ago I did a message titled “What Kind of Spirit do you Have”? I love how God sends and uses confirmation. My brother Mark also has been dealing with something very similar and dealing with the more

  • The Futility Of Religion

    Contributed by Michael Stark on May 14, 2022

    Religious exercise can become a snare if in our efforts we fail to seek the Lord. Religion for the sake of religion is a dreadful snare.

    “Like a pregnant woman who writhes and cries out in her pangs when she is near to giving birth, so were we because of you, O LORD; we were pregnant, we writhed, but we have given birth to wind. We have accomplished no deliverance in the earth, and the inhabitants of the world have not more

  • Coulda Hada Pear: Rules, Rules, Rules Series

    Contributed by G W Bill Elliott Jr on May 4, 2020

    Rules, Guidelines, Boundaries… they all help convey limitations… something of a “you can go to this point (here) , but not that far (there)” premise. When God plunked Man into the Garden, there is only one rule…

    Common thought today; ° Rules are meant to be broken ° Boundaries are meant to be challenged ° Guidelines are merely suggestions, recommendations, and preferred expectations Almost no one likes rules. Almost no one wants to be ‘governed’, controlled, directed, and worse… more

  • Profile Of Hypocritical Religious Pharisees Series

    Contributed by Shaila Touchton on Sep 16, 2022
    based on 1 rating

    Religious Hypocrites are compared to whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.

    Religious Hypocrites are compared to whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. Religious People should keep themselves unstained from the world but rather they take part in the unfruitful works of darkness If any Religious more

  • The Bible Vs. Rome PRO Sermon

    Contributed by Sermon Research Assistant on Oct 24, 2023
    based on 3 ratings

    This sermon explores the transformative power of faith, its biblical foundation, and how it liberates believers from the constraints of religious legalism.

    Dear beloved, gather round, as we come together in fellowship, in unity, and in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are here today, not by chance, but by divine appointment, drawn together by the Spirit of God, to consider the profound power of faith. It is the golden thread that weaves through more