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Messiah, Perceptions of

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A Different Kind of Savior

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh shows that, at the time surrounding the birth of Jesus, there existed considerable messianic fervor. Simeon the priest, Anna the prophetess, and many others, including the Samaritans, were looking for the Messiah. Andrew and his brother . . .

Priceless

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Because it happened so long ago, Christ's sacrifice is often not as real to His modern disciples as it needs to be. For some of us, it is reduced to mere fact.

No Private Interpretation

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Peter warns us that prophecy is not "of any private interpretation" yet speculation runs rampant. Richard Ritenbaugh explains how harmful misguided speculation can be—it even led to Christ's betrayal and death!

Recognizing the Second Witness

Article by Charles Whitaker

The law says a matter is established out of the mouth of two or three witnesses. Charles Whitaker contends this can also be two different trips or appearances by the same person. The second coming of Christ will be a second witness, and the same kinds of p. . .

Why the Transfiguration?

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Why was Jesus transfigured on the mount? What did it mean? What was it designed to teach the apostles? Richard Ritenbaugh shows the significance of this wonderful miracle.

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. . .

John (Part 4)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The apostle John has provided at least eight separate forms of witness, establishing the veracity of Jesus Christ's identity as God in the flesh.

Not-So-Great Expectations

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Near the beginning of his gospel, John makes an astonishing declaration. ...

John (Part 19)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the special sacrificial extravagance of Mary, having expended a half-year's wages for perfume to anoint Jesus' feet, demonstrating extraordinary godly love and devotion, indicating that there are some areas of life where extrav. . .

Matthew (Part 23)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The apostles' inability to drive out the demon teaches that faith is not a constant factor; it will deteriorate if it not exercised through prayer and fasting.

The Last Words of Jesus Christ

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

During the final hours of His life, Jesus made seven last statements to mankind, illustrating His nature and what He considered to be important for us.

John (Part 21)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the humble, serving, or footwashing attitude exemplified by Jesus in John 13 provides a clear insight into the mind of God. Jesus humbled Himself, pouring out His divinity to serve mankind, providing an example for us to als. . .

John (Part 12)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh insists that because what we believe automatically determines what we do; it is impossible to separate faith and works. If our source of belief is not grounded in Jesus Christ, we will be held captive to our traditions and our works will be. . .

Passover (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Passover is to be kept on the twilight of the 14th, while the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the 15th. The Word of God supersedes tradition and heritage.

John (Part 13)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon Jesus' calculation upon the time of arrival at the Feast of Tabernacles, indicates that Jesus carefully took into account many variables to maximize His effectiveness at this event. The myriad opinions of the crowd concerni. . .

Matthew (Part 31)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The emotions Jesus felt were real, experiencing every agony, fear, anguish, disappointment, terror and temptation we all experience, yet without sin.

Hebrews (Part Six): God's Salvation Communication

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God personally communicated with Adam, Eve, Abraham, Moses, the prophets, and to us through His Son. With the Scriptures, God teaches His faithful today.

Post-Resurrection Lessons

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Focusing upon the post-resurrection accounts of Christ's ministry, Richard Ritenbaugh sees parallels between the reactions of the disciples and our own during times of upheaval: (1) displaying a state of shock, fear, and disbelief (2) having been condition. . .

Cain's Assumption (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Is it possible Cain saw himself as the great protagonist, the conqueror of Satan—even the Savior of the world? Did Cain literally have a "Messiah complex"?


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