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  • Rituals

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

    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 more

  • Grace And Rituals Series

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Mar 31, 2011

    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 more

  • The Need For Rituals Series

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

    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 more

  • Ritual Or Relationship? Series

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jan 26, 2015

    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 more

  • Ripe Ritual And Redemptive Righteousness Series

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

    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, more

  • Ritualism Versus Spiritual Reality Series

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

    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 more

  • More Than Robes And Ritual Series

    Contributed by Stuart Blount on Dec 28, 2007

    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 more

  • Footwashing - Example Or Ritual?

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

    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] The Bible does NOT command New Testament believers to observe foot washing as a Church ritual. 1. The washing of the apostles’ feet more

  • Religion & Rituals Will Not Save You Series

    Contributed by Ed Taylor on Dec 22, 2008

    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 more

  • Relationship, Ritual Or Both?

    Contributed by Stephen Belokur on Feb 10, 2016

    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!

    Please stand with me as we read our recent memory Scripture together! John 1:1-4 NIV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has more

  • Two Questions About Salvation

    Contributed by Jerry Cosper on Jan 8, 2014

    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.” more

  • A Model Of Love

    Contributed by Jerry Cosper on Jan 9, 2014

    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.

    JUL 28 2013PM A Model of Love Acts 15:22-35 The great decree of salvation issued by the early church should have settled the issue forever. There is no question; salvation is through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. But some people still insist on adding to the plan. They believe things more

  • The True Vine Of Christmas Series

    Contributed by Larry Turner on Dec 23, 2013

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

    Two hunters were out hunting and come upon what appeared at first as an abandoned farm. The barn was sagging, the house was in disrepair, and there were junk cars and car parts lying around. The only thing that made it a working farm was a few chickens pecking away and a goat wandering more

  • The Dangers Of Religion

    Contributed by Rick Pendleton on Jan 31, 2013

    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 more

  • Gaining A Worldwide Vision

    Contributed by Jerry Cosper on Jan 7, 2014
    based on 1 rating

    What happened in this passage is of critical importance to church history. The events in this passage need to be studied by every church and every body of believers.

    MAR 17 2013PM Gaining a Worldwide Vision Acts 11: 1-18 Usually as we begin each study, I lead in to the message with the ending of the previous week’s message. I don’t have to do that tonight because our passage comes from Acts 11: 1-18 and in it, Peter recaps the whole episode. more