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  • Rituals

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Nov 19, 2004
    based on 9 ratings
     | 861 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
     | 1,935 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

  • Footwashing - Example Or Ritual?

    Contributed by Frank Gallagher on Nov 29, 2000
    based on 168 ratings
     | 2,634 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

  • More Than Robes And Ritual Series

    Contributed by Stuart Blount on Dec 28, 2007
     | 1,299 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

  • Ripe Ritual And Redemptive Righteousness Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jul 20, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,316 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

  • Religion & Rituals Will Not Save You Series

    Contributed by Ed Taylor on Dec 22, 2008
     | 2,839 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

  • Ritualism Versus Spiritual Reality Series

    Contributed by Dennis Davidson on May 20, 2010
    based on 7 ratings
     | 5,787 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

  • Ark Baptism Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 24, 2006
    based on 18 ratings
     | 2,828 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

  • Jesus Made Me Kosher

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Nov 25, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,749 views

    Our access to God is not by ceremonial ritual but the sacrifice of Christ.

    We have differing standards on what we consider “clean” and “unclean.” A lot depends on how meticulous we are. For some of us, when we drop a cookie, we follow the “5-second rule” (this was tested recently on Mythbusters). When I lived in Germany, everything was spotless--you could eat off the ...read more

  • "Sound The Trumpet!" (Joel) Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jul 10, 2002
    based on 64 ratings
     | 6,257 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

  • Do This In Rememberance Of Me Series

    Contributed by Steve Lawson on Jan 5, 2004
    based on 16 ratings
     | 2,849 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

  • Refresh My Strength Series

    Contributed by Mark Haines on Oct 16, 2009
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,357 views

    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 ...read more

  • The Real Deal Series

    Contributed by Richard Tow on Sep 16, 2009
     | 2,589 views

    Sermon contrasts religious form with spiritual substance with reference made to decline and need for revival that occurred in Israel’s history.

    The Real Deal James 1:25-27 5-25-08 Our story opens this morning in 2 Samuel 6:12-15 “Now it was told King David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God." So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of ...read more

  • Tradition For Tradition's Sake

    Contributed by Beth Garrod-Logsdon on Aug 31, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 5,912 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
     | 66,598 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.

    After being away for some time on a business trip, ... Bill thought it would be nice ... to bring his wife ... a small gift. "How about some perfume?" ... Bill asked the cosmetics clerk. She showed him a bottle ... costing $60.00. "That's a bit much," he said, ... so she returned ... with a ...read more