God's Creation and Our Works

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Like Joseph, we need to realize that God—not ourselves—is the Creator, engineering events that form us into what He wants us to become.


The Sabbath: Creation

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Sabbath provides an opportunity for God's children to develop a relationship with Him, reflecting on the spiritual as well as the physical creation.


The Pattern of Creation

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

Mike Ford, drawing an analogy from a family heirloom quilt pattern, affirms that God Almighty has detailed blueprints for all His marvelous works. False scientists have willfully kept the knowledge of God out of their equations, but they sheepishly must admit that earth is unique from all other heavenly bodies in the solar …


Forms vs. Spirituality (Part 6)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Christ emphasizes that the internal, weightier matters, which change the heart, take precedence over external ceremonial concerns that don't change the heart.


Human Will and God's Sovereignty (Part Three)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

God-designed personalities, having His character, will make up God's family, not self-made personalities created by human will. We must yield as He creates.


Creator, Sustainer, Head (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Despite being perhaps the oldest text in the canon, Job contains many detailed, even scientific, insights into the creative and sustaining power of Christ.


Sovereignty, Election, and Grace (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Grace's influence extends beyond justification, into the sanctification stage where the believer yields himself to righteousness, keeping God's commandments.


Hebrews (Part Fourteen): Chapter 2, A Mind Bending Purpose (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Without a meaningful relationship with Christ, God's people cannot possibly bear fruit. Our responsibility is to yield to God's creative work in our lives.


Sovereignty, Election, and Grace (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes how intimately God is involved with the intimate details of our life, including our conception and birth, supplying spiritual gifts or abilities to carry out His work. David reflects that God knows us searchingly, even our secret thoughts and desires before we are even aware of them (Psalm 139:2). …


Where Does Righteousness Come From?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Job was righteous because of the work of God, forming his righteousness out of nothing, guiding events and providing an environment in which character was formed.


Another Look at the Book of Job

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Where did Job's righteousness come from? Was his character a product of evolution, or was it intelligently formed out of nothingness like the rest of creation?


Jesus Christ: First Savior, Second High Priest, Third King

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The book of Hebrews teaches that our relationship to Christ as our Savior, High Priest, and King is the key to salvation. He shows us the way to the Father.


Hebrews: Its Background (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Hebrews emphasizes that Jesus qualified as High Priest, teaching us about living by faith in the New Covenant, which mandates that we keep His commandments.


Sovereignty, Election, and Grace (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh asserts that when God created Adam, He prepared only a foundation for mankind's eventual spiritual creation undertaken by the Second Adam. Spiritual creation requires much intense pressure and continual testing to determine character. Jesus went through this process first to provide us an example. We are to be …


Ecclesiastes and Christian Living (Part Four): Other Gifts

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

God has given His people tremendous gifts that, if used, will build their faith and draw them closer to Him. He wants us to succeed because we matter.


His Eye Is on the Sparrow (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh somewhat modifies his amazement at individuals who made gigantic sacrifices in the fledgling days of the Radio Church of God, concluding that it is in fact God who expends the lion's share of the energy, putting us all through flip flops in our sanctification process. Our yielding to God's will is a relatively …


Leadership and Covenants (Part Three)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

God is putting us through exercises to create leaders in His image. His covenants are a primary tool in this process.


Leadership and the Covenants (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We are being trained to become leaders, but before we can lead, we must be able to carry out responsibilities, conforming to God's leadership and covenants.


Unleavened Bread and the Holy Spirit

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the aftermath of the American 2021 election, followed by a number of unconverted person's waking up to the immorality of the concerted attacks against faith-based institutions, warns God's people to get their spiritual ducks in a row. In the Middle East, followers of Christ's risk the danger of …


Unleavened Bread and the Holy Spirit (2019)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Egypt is not directly a symbol of sin, but instead the world. The Days of Unleavened Bread symbolize what God did for us, not what we did by our own power.


Sovereignty, Election, and Grace (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God, as Creator, takes the initiative (as the potter over the clay) for the elect's salvation, enabling us to build the repertoire of habits called character.


Leadership and the Covenants (Part Fourteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Only God's calling, followed by repentance and a rigorous conversion process, will safeguard us from the fiery holocaust that is coming upon this the world.


Why Hebrews Was Written (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

God inspired the book of Hebrews to answer the difficult questions church members were struggling with during the tumultuous first decades of the church.


Leadership and the Covenants (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In the combined history of Judah and Israel, when the leaders abandoned the covenants with God, the citizenry generally followed suit.


The Source of Church Characteristics (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus Christ is the architect of the church, indicating that the institution must take on the characteristics of the Builder, reflecting His character.


God's Master Plan

Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Like any good builder, God has a master plan to accomplish His purpose for humanity. We find the blueprint for His creation in the pages of the Bible.


Hebrews (Part Fifteen): Chapter 2, A Mind Bending Purpose (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Even though we must cooperate in cultivating spiritual fruit, God alone creates character and takes responsibility for creating spiritual offspring.


His Eye Is on the Sparrow (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus Christ has full control of the church. Everything of consequence, including the development of our character, is engineered by Him.


God's Workmanship (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Works are not the cause of salvation, but instead are the effect of God's creative efforts at bringing us into His image—a new creation.


Psalms: Book Four (Part Four): God as Creator

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The creation offers compelling testimony to the intricacies which preclude even the possibility of evolution. Evolution is a futile attempt to get rid of God.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Fifteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, continuing his exposition on Ecclesiastes 6, appraises the book of Ecclesiastes as the most bluntly profound book in the entire Bible, pointing to our urgent need to develop a relationship with God. We did not create ourselves or give ourselves life. The Psalmist David realized we were made by somebody other …


God's Rest (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Sabbath rest depicts the miracle of conversion, in which the transformation of mankind into God's image brings about a rest in which God takes pleasure.


God's Workmanship (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God assumes the burden for our salvation, but we are obligated to yield to His workmanship—made manifest by good works, the effect of salvation.


God's Workmanship (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God's creation did not end with the physical creation or our election, but God continues to work, giving us the motivation and the power to do His will.


Using Power Righteously (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God has singled each one of us out individually, calling us, gifting us with capabilities, and preparing us for eternal life as members of His family.


Psalms: Book Two (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reiterating the five symmetrical and correlative sets of documents and events (the Torah, the Megilloth, the books of the Psalms, the summary psalms, and the five seasons), focuses on second set (comprising Book 2 of Psalms, Exodus, Ruth, Psalm 147, and the Pentecost season). In this section, the psalmist …


Creator, Sustainer, Head (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The One who sent forth His Spirit to create and breathe life into the physical world, also breathed on His disciples and endowed them with spiritual life.


Leadership and Covenants (Part Seventeen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Because the world is under the sway of the wicked one, if mankind were left to its own choices, the world would revert to the condition before the Flood.


Living by Faith: God's Grace (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Because we are all sinners, we have earned only death; justification is not earned, but must come through faith and believing God as did our father Abraham.


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting that 6,000 years of accumulated knowledge cannot provide us a definition of life, suggests that the atheism of philosophers and scientists, with their ardent belief in evolution, is highly transparent. Biologists, expostulating a descriptive definition, define life as a trait of organisms having …


Do You See God?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Unless we acknowledge God's sovereign authority in our lives, following through with the things we learn from scripture, we, like atheists, will not see God.