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Parable of the Good Shepherd (Part One)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The Parable of the Good Shepherd is one of only a few parables in the gospel of John. Martin Collins explains that the apostle John emphasizes the sovereignty of Christ: He is the great and benevolent Ruler and Owner of His sheep.

The Shepherd's Guidance (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Although Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd and the Chief Shepherd, He is not the church's only shepherd. From the days of ancient Israel up through the New Covenant church era, He has also appointed under-shepherds to watch over His physical or spiritual f. . .

The Shepherd's Guidance (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Sometimes, circumstances conspire to scatter Christians into small groups or even from all contact with other believers and from the ministry that Jesus Christ gives to the church to equip them and encourage their growth (Ephesians 4:11-16)—in the bi. . .

Parable of the Good Shepherd (Part Two)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

In John 10, Jesus characterizes Himself as a "Good Shepherd" who loves and cares for His sheep. Martin Collins looks deeper into the personal relationship that exists between the Shepherd and His flock, which is shown in His kind and providential leadershi. . .

The Shepherd's Voice

Article by Mike Ford

God's people are often compared to sheep. Lately, however, some have begun to question whether they need a human shepherd. How does one know whether a minister is a true shepherd of God?

From Sheriff to Shepherd: Are We Willing to Be Defrauded?

'Ready Answer' by David F. Maas

Which leadership style do you follow: Andy Griffith's or Barney Fife's? Using experiences from his own life, David Maas explains that the desire to be in control and to win takes a toll on both one's relationships and one's health.

Sheep Rustling

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

In days gone by, sheep were a common symbol of wealth. ...

Parables of Luke 15 (Part One)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Jesus' discourse in Luke 15 is essentially one distinct parable with three illustrations. His intention is to reveal that, as the Son of Man, He came into the world to seek and save the lost. This study analyzes what is commonly known as the Parable of the. . .

In Search of a Clear World View (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reminds us to value our calling, observing that, just as Jesus and His disciples were burdened with the doctrines of the scribes and Pharisees, so God's called-out church is encumbered with nominal Christianity, institutions which have mili. . .

John (Part 16)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the episode of the healing of the man blind from birth and the resultant threats imposed upon the man and his family by the Pharisees who accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath. The man, healed by Jesus but persecuted and disfel. . .

Preternatural, Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh concludes the series on Christ's sacrificial death by asserting that it was, first, Preternatural (planned before the foundation of the world), second, Natural (as He died of blows to His body), third, Unnatural (as He was totally sinless),. . .

Leadership and Covenants (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

When a society falls into chaos and blatant immorality, as the Western world seems to be on the verge of doing, it is evident that there is a crisis in leadership. While warning us of the times just ahead, John Ritenbaugh turns the focus of leadership towa. . .

Jehoshaphat

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, decrying the incredible dearth of leadership around the world (no Churchill's, no Bismarck's, or no Reagan's), avers that the state of affairs prophesied in Ezekiel 34:1-5, in which self-centered, narcissistic 'shepherds' feed off the f. . .

Spotting False Teachers

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

People who jump from one fellowship to another often do so for superficial reasons such as a personal slight or perhaps defending a pet doctrine. Ministers should be judged by the fruit that they produce in terms of their teaching or the examples that they. . .

For the Perfecting of the Saints

Booklet by John W. Ritenbaugh

In the last few years, turmoil and confusion have run amok in the church of God. Many feel they were misled by individuals who taught them doctrines they later came to understand were untrue. Some have yielded to the tendency to become cynical and suspicio. . .

John (Part 17)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh continues to examine the shepherd and door analogies occurring in John 10, depicting the close relationship of Jesus with His flock as the security and stability provided by His protection, as opposed to the approach of the hireling. Christ. . .

Leadership and the Covenants (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, cuing in on Ezekiel 34, in which the self-centered shepherds devour the flocks, reminds us that in addition to religious leaders, shepherds also include governmental, corporate, educational, and family leaders. In the combined history of J. . .

Leadership and the Covenants (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, asserting that the term leadership never explicitly appears in the King James Version of the Bible,while the terms follow and follower are abundantly distributed, concludes that any form of leadership must be preceded by following. God tel. . .

Leadership and Covenants (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The quality of human life on this earth has in large part been determined by the character of its leaders. In the Bible we have a record of both good and bad leaders, and it provides a repetitive principle that "as go the leadership, so goes the nation." J. . .

Avoiding Superficiality

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on Daniel's prayer, observes that there are no hollow threats with God. Confusion, disorder and scattering (the current state of the greater church of God) are the automatic (God-engineered) results of sinning against His law. U. . .

'I'll Never Follow Another Man!'

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

This is an oft-repeated refrain in these days of distrust of the ministry. But is it a proper, Christian attitude? What does the Bible say about human leadership in God's church?

Psalm 23 (Part 2)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Of all animals, the sheep is the most dependent on its owner for its well-being. From the viewpoint of the sheep, the extraordinary care of the shepherd comes into sharp focus. If sheep are not provided with fresh, flowing water, they will drink from stagn. . .

Matthew (Part 22)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Preventing the Warfare State

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on Ephesians 2:1-3, cautions us that, although God has sanctified us, we share the same spiritual roots as every other human being, namely, carnal nature, which Scripture defines to be at enmity with His law, walking according t. . .

Beware of False Prophets

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, initially focusing on the commission of God's prophets as God's watchmen and messengers, switches his emphasis to the false prophets, those promoting the broad way, giving people what they want to hear. In the Roman Catholic Church, every m. . .

Matthew (Part 29)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Before continuing with the book of Matthew, John Ritenbaugh answers four questions from church members. The first question is whether Micah 7:14 refers to a place of safety. In this prayer, Micah, after describing his current discouragement at the moral st. . .

Eating: How Good It Is! (Part Three)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We are what we eat. The same can apply spiritually to what we put into our minds. John Ritenbaugh shows that God wants us to desire His Word with the eagerness of a baby craving milk.

Meet the Minor Prophets (Part Four)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Most of the books of the Minor Prophets were written before the exile of the people of Judah to Babylon, but the final three—Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi—come from the years after their return to the land. Richard Ritenbaugh summarizes the fi. . .

The Birth of Jesus Christ (Part Two): Nativity

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When the Son of God was born into the world, one of the greatest events of all history occurred. Richard Ritenbaugh describes the birth of Jesus and the angel's announcement to the 'shepherds abiding in the fields,' perhaps the first preaching of the gospe. . .

Announcing . . . Christ's Birth!

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh asserts that the world with all its Christmas celebration, has depleted all the precious meaning from the actual event, depriving us of the glory of what really happened in the announcement of Christ's birth. Luke, having incredible lite. . .


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