Holy Days: Pentecost

Bible Study by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

The late spring Feast of Pentecost shows the harvest of firstfruits, God's church. It is a continual reminder of our part in God's plan!


Pentecost's Two Leavened Loaves (Part Four)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Pentecost offering of two loaves contains the idea of difference, while the New Testament Pentecost in Acts 2 shows differences being divinely overcome.


Pentecost's Two Leavened Loaves (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The grain offering is not substitutionary; it does not symbolize an individual but rather the product of his labors toward others from God's bounty.


Pentecost's Two Leavened Loaves (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Scripture uses leaven as a symbol of corruption. The mystery deepens with the instruction of not one leavened loaf but two. Why two leavened loaves?


Pentecost's Two Leavened Loaves (Part Five)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Right now in the church of God, doctrinal differences divide us, including when to start the count to Pentecost when Passover falls on a weekly Sabbath.


Boaz and Pentecost

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The name of Boaz (a type of Christ) appears many times more than Ruth (a type of the church), indicating Christ's intense work on behalf of the church.


Pentecost, Consistency, and Honesty

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Because Pentecost does not have a specific date, God commands us to count from the day after the weekly Sabbath falling within the Days of Unleavened Bread.


Pentecost - The Beginning - All in All

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mark Schindler

We must look beyond our own calling, realizing that the sacrifice of Christ was for all men, with the hope that they will be added to the family of God.


Pentecost and Hope

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Simeon's life serves as a precursor to that of God's called-out ones, demonstrating the elements necessary to bring a person to spiritual maturity.


The Pentecost Witness

Article by David C. Grabbe

Pentecost is known for its stupendous signs, particularly in Acts 2. Yet it teaches us of another witness: our own display of Christ's way of life in us.


Peter's Pentecost Sermon

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The signs that accompanied Peter's Pentecost sermon attracted attention, confirmed God's Word, and provided meaning to the effects of the Holy Spirit.


Pentecost's Two Leavened Loaves (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

We may do the right thing toward a neighbor but not do it with the exact, perfect attitude that God does it in. Thus, our 'good' work contains corruption.


Countdown to Pentecost 2001

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

How does one count to Pentecost when Passover is on a weekly Sabbath, making the Last Day of Unleavened Bread the only other available Sabbath to begin the count?


Pentecost and the Holy Spirit

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The receiving of God's Spirit is for God's creative effort in our lives. God's Spirit transforms us from a state of destruction into a state of purity.


Pentecost: A Test?

CGG Weekly by Pat Higgins

Being careless with something we deem minor can be fatal. We are to live by every word God gives to us, kept pure, unadulterated by additions and subtractions.


Pentecost and Speaking In Tongues

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The apostle Paul teaches that tongues (languages) are only used to communicate intelligently, not gibberish. Tongues originally served as a sign for unbelievers.


Pentecost and Time

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Because of our 'time-bound' state, unless we sync with God's timetable, we are squandering our God-given time to become members of His family.


Peter's Trumpets Message—on Pentecost

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

Peter's first sermon took place on the Day of Pentecost, yet his subject seems to 'fit' the Day of Trumpets. Here is how Pentecost and Trumpets relate.


Pentecost and the Book of Ruth

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Although many lessons of the book of Ruth allude to Old Covenant teachings, Ruth prefigures New Covenant principles such as mercy, Christ's care, and acceptance.


Pentecost and Memorial Day

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Pentecost and Memorial Day may seem to be quite different, but we should not be too hasty in concluding that they do not share any common features.


The Work of the Firstfruits

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Pentecost emphasizes the Christian's work, both in the field, his external labors, and his house, his internal labors. Being converted takes a great deal of work.


God's Spiritual Harvest

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Like Christ, we too are firstfruits, represented by the leavened loaves picturing our acceptance by the Father.


Was Joshua Required to Offer the Wavesheaf?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The phrase, 'when you come into the land' (regarding offering the Wavesheaf), sounds like an absolute command, but its usage shows there may be qualifiers.


Acts (Part Three)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Adherents to the Pentecostal movement try to mimic some of the superficial surface manifestations of Acts 2 rather than follow the teaching given on that day.


The Wavesheaf Offering

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Most know very little about the wavesheaf offering, even though it represents one of the most significant acts: the resurrection and ascension of Christ!


Why Count Fifty Days?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Bible has much to say about the number fifty, such as counting 50 days to Pentecost, the measurements of the Tabernacle, and the 50 year Jubilee.


Do You Recognize This Man? (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Fruit is a product of growth requiring knowledge, work, patience, truth (light) and water (God's Spirit). Only by remaining on the vine will we bear fruit.


Is Speaking in Tongues the Only Sign?

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

In Pentecostalism, speaking in 'tongues' is the worshipped sign that God has accepted a person. Yet the miracle of Pentecost was not the speaking gibberish.


Patience With Growth

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Fruit maturation takes time. Waiting for the fruit is just part of the story; while we wait, we must also work, including thinning and pruning.


Psalms: Book Two (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Pentecost season generally corresponds to Book II of the Psalms, Exodus, and the story of Ruth. Major themes include exile, separation, and redemption.


The Very Same Day

Sermon by David C. Grabbe

The 'very same' or 'selfsame' day is a memorial of a past event, typically on the same date, including several of God's appointed times and pronouncements.


Numbering Our Days

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We must allow God to show us how to carefully number our days in order to gain a heart of wisdom and develop a godly perspective upon our remaining time.


Two Loaves, Baked with Leaven

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The leavening indicates that the wave loaves speak to this life rather than the resurrection. It is accepted by God only because of the other sacrifices.


Principled Living (Part Six): Becoming Holy

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Pentecost forces us to stand out from the crowd, separated as firstfruits for sanctification and holiness. God has called us to be different.


God's Holy Days - Our Shared Vision Of Hope

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mark Schindler

From Passover to Pentecost to Trumpets to Atonement to the Feast of Tabernacles, these days should solidify our vision of he Father, Jesus, and one another.


Beware the Leaven

Sermonette by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

The Jews establishes a fixed date for Shavuot in contradiction to the instruction for counting to Pentecost. This is part of the leavening of the Pharisees.


Who Are the Firstfruits?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

We may take it for granted that 'firstfruits' are synonymous with 'Christians.'" However, 'firstfruits' is very general, referring to surprising things.


Faithful, Following Firstfruits

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Those reveling in the 'new freedoms' of apostasy cannot be persuaded to return to former beliefs because they no longer believe in the sanctified Word of God.


Our Affinity to Christ

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Our lives must be totally wrapped up in Christ, exemplifying His character. As we overcome, taking the same steps as Christ did, we will receive His reward.


Psalms: Book Two (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Book II of the Psalms was written largely by David and shows how he reacts to some gruesome trials by surrendering to God's redemption.


The Wonderful, Powerful Gift of God's Holy Spirit

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

When we receive God's Spirit, we cannot escape the responsibility of using it, being a light to the world in the correct way of living. Hi Spirit is His power.


The Spirit and the Way

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a cache of collected programs and articles of the late Herbert W. Armstrong, reflects that we have come a long way since then, building upon the foundation that was laid in the early years. We have broadened and deepened what we know. Even though we do not have resources, we are doing a work, …


Powerful Effects of the Holy Spirit

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

We are intrigued by supernatural power, and many seek to display it. Yet the Scriptures show the activity of the Holy Spirit in ways that are commonly missed.


Our Affinity to Christ

Sermon/Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh


The Helper and the Angel of the Lord

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Christ frequently used 3rd person titles, such as the Son of Man and the Helper. Just as Christ sent the Helper—Himself—so Yahweh sent His Angel—Himself.


Themes of Ruth (Part One): Naomi

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Naomi's attractive personality, selflessness, godly conviction and common sense characterize her relationship with her Gentile daughters-in-law.


"I Will Build My Church"

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Although Peter was given responsibilities of leadership, as connoted from the rock imagery or symbolism, he was not granted the post of 'vicar of Christ.'


Spiritual Maturity

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Kingdom parables allude to the process of spiritual maturity, depicting a planted and cultivated seed becoming a sprout, eventually bearing fruit.


Belief and the Firstfruits

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

God has bless,ed the firstfruits with precious belief and knowledge which must be protected, guarded, nourished and exercised so it will not slip away.


Themes of I Corinthians (Part 7)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Pentecost commemorates the establishment of the church and the bestowal of spiritual gifts through God's Spirit. We need to use these gifts responsibly.


Themes of Ruth (Part Three): Redemption

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Jesus redeemed us with His shed blood from the penalty of our sins, but He also works as our High Priest, continually redeeming us until we are resurrected.