The Perfect Marriage

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Under the best of conditions, marriage takes work to make it succeed. Next to baptism, marriage is the most important decision we could ever make.


Marriage and the Bride of Christ (Part Eleven)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Our concept of marriage must be positive and more mature, modeled after Christ's attentiveness toward the Church, as opposed to the world's distorted concept.


Marriage and the Bride of Christ (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins warns that we ought not to let our cultural understandings run interference with God's teaching on marriage, plainly taught in the Scripture. In Ephesians 5:22, we see an injunction that marriage partners must submit to one another in the fear of the Lord. Even though wives are enjoined to submit to their …


Marriage and the Bride of Christ (Part Four)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, continuing his series on marriage and the family, maintains that God established the order of family relationships, creating Eve after Adam, not as a slave, but as a companion, prefiguring the relationship of Christ and His Church, a loving, protective, and complementary relationship. Consequently, a Christian …


Christian Marriage (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Cohabitation has led to increased divorce, marital violence, and lack of fidelity after marriage. Mass media has shamelessly used sex to promote materialism.


Marriage and the Bride of Christ (Part Twelve)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, focusing upon the covenantal relationship of marriage, reaffirms the respective roles of husband and wife, typifying the relationship between Christ and His Church. In this twelfth and concluding message in this series, the emphasis is upon unity and cohesiveness. As husband and wife are commanded to become one …


Christian Marriage (Part Two)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The evil of the mixed marriages in the Book of Malachi was a spiritual defilement, yoking spiritual and worldly elements, intrinsically unequal.


Called Their Name Adam

Sermon by Mark Schindler

God named both Adam and Eve 'Adam', signifying an unbreakable bond. This bond was secure until sin entered, creating enmity between men, women, and God.


Choosing to Have a Good Relationship

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The Bible emphasizes marriage as the primary bond of society. The purpose for the marriage relationship is to depict the marriage of Christ and His bride.


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Twelve)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh describes the function, placement, and characteristics of the 206 bones in the adult human body. Bones have excellent elasticity, good compressive strength, but poor tensile strength. God made bones to perform multiple purposes such as to provide structure for our bodies, protect our vital organs, store our …


Childrearing (Part 3)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our children internalize our values; we teach largely by example. If we do not take seriously the responsibility for rearing our children, somebody else will.


The Church Family - Convinced and Persuaded

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins suggests that pessimism or cynicism in the leadership or government of God is faithlessness. In the context of church authority, the emphasis is on persuasion not compulsion. We obey because we are convinced from the heart?conversion?rather than from a blind sense of duty. Church government should reflect God's …


Themes of I Corinthians (Part 6)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh maintains that interpersonal and family relationships in Corinth could be characterized as highly dysfunctional. God's way regarding marital and family relationships was so drastically different from the Greek and Roman philosophical approaches that Paul had to start from scratch to build a godly family …


Our Awesome Destiny (1993)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on man's ultimate destiny to have dominion over the entire universe, admonishes that preparation for this awesome responsibility requires faithful stewardship over the things God has entrusted to us (our bodies, families, possessions, etc.)—dressing, keeping, and maintaining those things, …


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Ten)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on mankind's most fearful enemy, death—the cessation of all life processes, examines various definitions of death. Senescence, disease, malnutrition, accidents, suicide, and murder are all contributory causes of death. The Bible defines or describes death as the cessation of respiration. The …