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  • Rituals

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Nov 19, 2004
    based on 9 ratings
     | 881 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
     | 2,016 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
     | 2,689 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
     | 1,319 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

  • Ark Baptism Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 24, 2006
    based on 18 ratings
     | 2,871 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

  • "Sound The Trumpet!" (Joel) Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jul 10, 2002
    based on 64 ratings
     | 6,422 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
     | 2,898 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

  • Jesus Made Me Kosher

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Nov 25, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,772 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

  • The Church, Christianity Or Religion? Part 4 Series

    Contributed by Richard Laraviere on Sep 14, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,025 views

    The church, more Christian (followers of Christ) then religious (practising traditions and rituals)

    The Church, Christianity or Religion Part 4 Text: John 8:1-12 Introduction: 1. While Religion and Christianity should be the same thing, far too often it is not. Religion too often thrives on creeds, credentials, and adherence to codes of conduct True Christianity ...read more

  • An Encounter With The Risen Lord

    Contributed by Stephan Brown on Oct 3, 2002
    based on 72 ratings
     | 5,856 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
     | 1,371 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

  • Sign 1 - Turning The Water To Wine Series

    Contributed by Mark Holdcroft on Jun 1, 2003
    based on 13 ratings
     | 7,981 views

    A look at the first sign in the book of john and how Jesus can take useless rituals and replace them with His sacrifice and Spirit.

    Water into Wine In the Gospel of John, he makes no secret of why he write his account of Jesus’ life. John 20:31 ... that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John wrote the Gospel so that people may know who ...read more

  • The Last Supper

    Contributed by Gregory Mc Donald on Feb 19, 2003
    based on 355 ratings
     | 37,556 views

    Communion is not merely a ritual. It is fellowship and involvement in the life of Christ and His Body, "The Church".

    THE LAST SUPPER 1 COR. 11:17-34 Pastor Greg Mc Donald But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part, I ...read more

  • Prayer That Gets Results

    Contributed by Mike Turner on Oct 9, 2004
    based on 71 ratings
     | 7,108 views

    Is our praying just routine or simply a ritual ? This message deals with "Prayer That Gets Results"

    Prayer That Gets Results Luke 18:1-8 Joke: A woman invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to her six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?" "I don’t know what to say," the little girl replied. "Just say what you hear Mommy say," the woman said. ...read more

  • The Meaning Of Baptism

    Contributed by Bill Huffhine on May 27, 2004
    based on 154 ratings
     | 7,579 views

    Understanding the true meaning of Christian baptism through an examination of the Jewish ritual of proselyte baptism.

    One of the greatest joys that I have as a pastor is when an individual who is far from God visits our community of believers, begins to hear the voice of God calling them to a higher place, a fresh beginning, a new life, and that person responds to the call of God by committing their life to ...read more