Sharing Sunday: Relationship or Rituals

Many people take notes during sermons.  That’s me. 

I have notes from our Pastor’s sermons in binders from years ago. 

Caleb, however, draws. 


On occasion, I will be sharing our Sunday’s sermons here.

Because isn’t living life fully accompanied by being challenged with the Word.

And attempting to live with purpose is much easier when shared with those who gather together.

So, I share. 

Caleb’s drawing.

And my synopsis. 

{Disclaimer for my pastor: My recap of Sunday’s sermon does not necessarily represent what my pastor actually said.  When it leaves his mouth and enters my mind, a process begins which entails a translation of sorts.  The product of this interpretation is often quite different, I’m sure, from what he’d expected one to glean.}

By the way, we meet on Sundays.  Not that you have to meet on a Sunday to gather for worship, as my pastor explained today.  And if you notice I haven’t said we meet for church.  That’s because he has also explained we are the church.  So, essentially, many churches gather in a building.  But, when we leave that gathering, we’re still the church in our communities.  And in the world.  Get it?

The church is not a building or a denomination. According to the Bible, the church is the body of Christ—all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13). Local churches are gatherings of members of the universal church. The local church is where the members of the universal church can fully apply the “body” principles of 1 Corinthians chapter 12: encouraging, teaching, and building one another up in the knowledge and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. (

And that pretty much has nothing to do with today’s sermon. 


The pool of Bethseda.  That’s where we’re at today.  The book of John.  Chapter five.

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

And when you read this for yourself you’ll see that Jesus heals this man.  After thirty-eight years of sickness, he’s made well.

We might assume the religious leaders would be amazed or happy for the guy.  Nope.  They were a bit rigid.  Legalism had them all bound up.

And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”

They were angry that the man-who-was-sick-but-now-is-healed was doing work on a day of rest.  A bit upset the man could finally walk and carry his mat. 

Religious ordinances prevented these men from witnessing the miracle.

They missed the marvelous for the management of legal customs.


And, there I sit.  With my legalisms. 

Forfeiting the supernatural.  Ensuring prescribed protocols are observed.

Jesus wants a relationship. 

Not my rituals.

No more missed miracles. 

What about you?

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