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  • Rituals

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Nov 19, 2004
    based on 9 ratings
     | 802 views

    A religious person usually feels that he has a special standing before God, not only because of his intellectual assent to certain beliefs, but also because he keeps the ordinances, the rites, and the rituals of that religion. Paul shows in this passage t

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: A railroad yardmaster called the telephone daily at exactly 11:45 to verify the time. After years of this ritual, the operator asked the yardmaster, "Why do you call each day at exactly the same time?" His reply, "I take my responsibilities very seriously, I call to ...read more

  • The Need For Rituals Series

    Contributed by Darrin Koone on Sep 20, 2001
    based on 28 ratings
     | 1,874 views

    A sermon discussing the need for ritual in raising our children in a post-modern society.

    Last week I spoke to you about the need to throw traditions by the way side if the principles of the gospel or models of the New Testament dictate the need to do so. I’m changing my mind about that this week. Well, not really, but I am going to try to provide the balance to that ...read more

  • Ripe Ritual And Redemptive Righteousness Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jul 20, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,195 views

    Dramatic monologue as if it were from Micah himself, summarizing the entire book around the contrast between practicing ritual in order to avoid judgment vs. living God’s requirements of justice, mercy, and the humble walk.

    [Outside the sanctuary] Justice, O God! Justice! We must have your justice! And righteousness! Without that we are lost! Oh, Lord God, the Temple and the city – what I see there sickens me. That ripe and rotten ritual, those empty gestures, those paid and padded priests! O God, ...read more

  • Footwashing - Example Or Ritual?

    Contributed by Frank Gallagher on Nov 29, 2000
    based on 168 ratings
     | 2,566 views

    Footwashing was an EXAMPLE for believers to follow, not a ritual to observe like the Lord’s Table!

    FOOT WASHING - EXAMPLE OR RITUAL? (John 13:3-17) [HTTP formatted version of this sermon is located at http://members.aol.com/abidingitw/footwash.html] The Bible does NOT command New Testament believers to observe foot washing as a Church ritual. 1. The washing of the apostles’ feet ...read more

  • Ritualism Versus Spiritual Reality Series

    Contributed by Dennis Davidson on May 20, 2010
    based on 7 ratings
     | 5,597 views

    God desires to curb the trend toward formalism in religion which is satisfied with meeting external observation. To obey the moral precepts & principles of the word is infinitely more important than ceremonies & man-made traditions.

  • Ark Baptism Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 24, 2006
    based on 18 ratings
     | 2,751 views

    Baptism is a ritual that points in several directions.

    Ark Baptism (I Peter 3:20b-22) 1. When it comes to church, some people cannot stay put. One balmy day in the South Pacific, a navy ship espied smoke coming from one of three huts on an uncharted island. ?Upon arriving at the shore they were met by a shipwreck survivor. He said, "I’m ...read more

  • Do This In Rememberance Of Me Series

    Contributed by Steve Lawson on Jan 5, 2004
    based on 16 ratings
     | 2,739 views

    Communion is more than a ritual, it is a covenant meal.

    Do This in Remembrance of Me 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 - The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he ...read more

  • "Sound The Trumpet!" (Joel) Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jul 10, 2002
    based on 63 ratings
     | 6,045 views

    Heartfelt-repentance over empty ritual is needed

    “Sound the Trumpet!” Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts Remember the sales slogan for Morton Salt? “When it rains, it pours.” Sometimes that’s true with blessings, and it’s often true with calamities. In Joel we see how God uses a devastating plague ...read more

  • Meeting God's Requirements Series

    Contributed by Brian Bill on Feb 15, 2009
    based on 8 ratings
     | 6,296 views

    God longs to be in relationship with us, not for us to lean on our rituals.

    Meeting God’s Requirements Micah and Amos Rev. Brian Bill 2/15/09 I’m not sure you’re aware of this but Tim Tuley has had a lifelong ambition to play one hole at Pebble Beach, California the way the pros do. This is a challenge because this green is on a small section of land that juts out ...read more

  • Tradition For Tradition's Sake

    Contributed by Beth Garrod-Logsdon on Aug 31, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 5,674 views

    Too often our living and worship become steeped in tradition and ritual. This sermon is a call to examine what we do and more importantly WHY we do it in an attempt to keep us from elevating the traditions of men above the law of God.

    Tradition for Tradition’s Sake Mark 7:1-23 (This message was preceded by singing "Joy to the World" as the opening hymn and the theme of "tradition" was introduced by a video clip of Fiddler on the Roof - from the prologue 1:55 (as the fiddler begins to play) through 3:57 (as Tevye says, ...read more

  • Mirror Reflection

    Contributed by J Jeffrey Smead on Jan 14, 2010
    based on 129 ratings
     | 64,185 views

    What image do we see when we look in the mirror? Who is that person in the reflection? As I thought about this passage I began to realize that all of us look at life in slightly different ways. We see each other through different mirrors. Updated September 22018.

  • An Encounter With The Risen Lord

    Contributed by Stephan Brown on Oct 3, 2002
    based on 72 ratings
     | 5,689 views

    Demonstrates how religious ritual, even good religious ritual cannot bring the spiritual satisfaction that we crave. Only an intimate encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ can bring what our souls desire.

    An Encounter with the Risen Lord Christianity and the Bible make a lot of promises. When we tell people about Christ we promise them fulfillment: peace, and joy, and happiness. We promise them that Christianity is a relationship with Christ that will bring meaning to their life. And we offer all ...read more

  • An Encounter With The Risen Lord

    Contributed by Stephan Brown on Oct 3, 2002
    based on 33 ratings
     | 1,285 views

    Demonstrates how religious ritual, even good religious ritual cannot bring the spiritual satisfaction that we crave. Only an intimate encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ can bring what our souls desire.

    An Encounter with the Risen Lord Christianity and the Bible make a lot of promises. When we tell people about Christ we promise them fulfillment: peace, and joy, and happiness. We promise them that Christianity is a relationship with Christ that will bring meaning to their life. And we offer all ...read more

  • Jesus The One And Only - Accept No Substitute Series

    Contributed by K. Edward Skidmore on Jan 10, 2007
    based on 14 ratings
     | 7,294 views

    Colossians 2 explains that Philosophy, Ritualism, Mysticism, and Legalism are counterfeits of the real thing: Jesus Christ

    Colossians Series # 2 Jesus the One and Only Accept No Substitute Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:2-8 INTRODUCTION: Last week we looked at Colossians chapter 1 where Paul talked about the Supremacy of Christ. In Chapter 2, Paul warns the Colossian church about some teachings that are ...read more

  • The Power Of The Holy Spirit Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Jan 23, 2009
    based on 6 ratings
     | 6,491 views

    The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is not a ritual but real; it is the coming of a Person. It is not about a program but a power. It is not about propaganda but witnessing.

    Jesus gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem…” • They need to wait. No time frame was given but they were called to wait. • Apparently this is really important. They need to receive the gift the Father has promised – the baptism of the Holy Spirit. • They are not to leave the city ...read more