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  • Rituals

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Nov 19, 2004
    based on 9 ratings
     | 858 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

  • Grace And Rituals Series

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Mar 31, 2011
     | 1,234 views

    While our rituals and ceremonies testify of our faith, they are not the source of our faith.

    Grace And Rituals Romans 4:1-11 I. Abraham’s Faith (vv. 1-3) A. Paul’s continual discussion that salvation is by neither works nor heritage or through the Law. 1. It may appear Paul belabors this point, but establishing a proper foundation for how salvation is attained is just as ...read more

  • The Need For Rituals Series

    Contributed by Darrin Koone on Sep 20, 2001
    based on 28 ratings
     | 1,922 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

  • Ritual Or Relationship? Series

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jan 26, 2015
     | 4,596 views

    Ritual that rejects relationship is pointless; Ritual that reflects relationship is priceless

    The wedding ring that I’m wearing this morning is not the same one that Mary placed on my finger on our wedding day. Fairly early in our marriage we went to San Diego on our vacation and I managed to lose my wedding ring while swimming in the ocean. That ring was an important symbol of the ...read more

  • Ritualism Versus Spiritual Reality Series

    Contributed by Dennis Davidson on May 20, 2010
    based on 7 ratings
     | 5,771 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.

    ZECHARIAH 7: 1-7 RITUALISM VERSUS SPIRITUAL REALITY [Ezra 6:1-11] The seventh and eighth chapters are the third distinct division of the prophecy. In the first portion was the call to national repentance and turning to the Lord for His Covenant blessings. After a national turning to God ...read more

  • Footwashing - Example Or Ritual?

    Contributed by Frank Gallagher on Nov 29, 2000
    based on 168 ratings
     | 2,616 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

  • Religion & Rituals Will Not Save You Series

    Contributed by Ed Taylor on Dec 22, 2008
     | 2,830 views

    Religious people can be some of the hardest to reach with the gospel.

    1. There is wonderful CONFIDENCE & SECURITY in Jesus Christ. a. Our salvation isn’t based on the promises we have made to God but rather THE PROMISE He has made to us. b. If you believe, you are saved, eternally. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NOTE: They came to Jesus one day and asked: John 6:28-29 ...read more

  • More Than Robes And Ritual Series

    Contributed by Stuart Blount on Dec 28, 2007
     | 1,294 views

    As this letter paints a magnificent and majestic portrait of Jesus it highlights the immensity of how our lives are affected as a result of who Jesus is and what he has done for us. What better way to inspire those whose faith is flagging or whose hearts

    AIM: To elevate our perspective of JESUS so that any sense of flagging faith is renewed by a fresh understanding of the importance and significance of JESUS. Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians, probably 2nd generation, whose parents had embraced ‘Christ’ as Messiah and so these people had ...read more

  • Relationship, Ritual Or Both?

    Contributed by Stephen Belokur on Feb 10, 2016
     | 1,517 views

    Lent is coming! Lent is coming! Why do we have Lent? Why do some observe this ritual while others do not? How do we discern which rituals are beneficial and which are harmful to our walk with the Lord? To Lent or not to Lent, that is the question!

  • Ripe Ritual And Redemptive Righteousness Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jul 20, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,305 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.

  • Two Questions About Salvation

    Contributed by Jerry Cosper on Jan 8, 2014
     | 1,162 views

    We are going to be talking about things that happened in what is called “The Great Jerusalem Council.”

    JUL 14 2013PM Two Questions About Salvation Acts 15:1-5 We have just gotten in from Paul’s first missionary journey. For the next three Sunday evenings, including tonight, we are going to be talking about things that happened in what is called “The Great Jerusalem Council.” ...read more

  • The Dangers Of Religion

    Contributed by Rick Pendleton on Jan 31, 2013
     | 1,823 views

    Paul tells that it is actually dangerous to be religious

    Dangers of Religion Romans 2:17 - 3:8 Paul wrote to a very proud people, the Jews. They were convinced that they were God's chosen people ... His ONLY chosen people ... and that everyone else was a heathen .... hated by God and marked for destruction. The Jews on the other hand were a people ...read more

  • The True Vine Of Christmas Series

    Contributed by Larry Turner on Dec 23, 2013
     | 1,565 views

    Jesus is the True Vine, not traditions, rituals, or sacrifices.

  • A Model Of Love

    Contributed by Jerry Cosper on Jan 9, 2014
     | 1,481 views

    Salvation is through the grace of Jesus Christ. Some people still insist on adding to the plan. They believe things like not only should you accept Jesus, but you need be baptized, or you need to be confirmed, or you need to take the Lord's Supper.

  • Challenging Our Religion Series

    Contributed by David Henderson on Jan 5, 2011
     | 3,809 views

    So Jesus came to challenge and to change the way people think. And as He continued to challenge religion His ministry led Him to a variety of places. We see two of them today.

    “Challenging our Religion” Matthew 12:1-14 Eventually the ministry of Jesus was sure to cause great controversy. After all, Jesus challenged all of the religious leaders of the day. The Pharisees, the Saducees, anyone who was teaching tradition over truth. Jesus was ...read more