The Kingdom of God

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Kingdom of God includes a King, territory, citizenry, and laws. The term kingdom (Greek basileia), has a past, present and future application.


Is the Kingdom of God Within You?

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

What did Christ mean by 'the kingdom of God is within you'? This statement has tripped up students for centuries, but the context makes it is very plain.


How Much Do You Value the Kingdom of God?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martyrdom is not a penalty because a person has failed to qualify for the Place of Safety; rather, it is a badge of honor for those who have overcome.


God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The 'kingdom of heaven' is commonly interpreted to describe the church, but in the first four parables of Matthew 13, it has a clearer application: Israel.


God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part Four)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Jesus' parables of the Pearl of Great Price, the Dragnet, and the Householder resolve the problems raised in their corresponding earlier parables.


Immigration and the Kingdom of God

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Unlike Europe and the United States, God ensures that all His potential citizens will conform to His culture.


Conversion: Turning to God

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We are like new immigrants to the Kingdom of God; we still carry the traits of our countries of origin. We must take on the characteristics of God's nation.


Taking the Kingdom by Force

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

"The kingdom...suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." Scripture reveals what violence is meant, who "the violent" are, and how they take the Kingdom.


God's Powerful Gospel

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The true gospel includes the complete revelation of God of His plan to reproduce Himself. If a gospel does not produce repentance and faith, it is false.


The Promise and the Kingdom

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

The promise given to Abraham was actually the Gospel, extending God's blessing to his family and all the nations — eternal promises of land and people.


Peace With God

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins observes that as long as humans have an insatiable lust for power and control, there will never be peace on earth. Sectarian violence and parochial wrangling will perpetuate violence and struggle. God has initiated the process of destroying the enmity between God and man, and between man and man (i.e. Jew and …


The Unshakable Kingdom!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Because all things will be violently shaken, God commands His people to place their trust in the unshakeable Kingdom of God which will displace all empires.


Privileges of the Family of God

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

It is impossible to be a Christian without being a child of God. When we are in God's family, we have distinct privileges.


Things Pertaining to the Kingdom!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, concentrating on the period of time following Christ's resurrection and His ascension, a period of time in which Christ appeared to His disciples 10 times within 40 days, instructing them about things pertaining to the kingdom, asserts that it is vitally important for those called out today to know these things …


Wind and God's Spirit

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

God controls the invisible wind—powerful or gentle—making it an ideal symbol for His Spirit. God's breathing life into Adam foreshadowed giving the Holy Spirit.


Thy Kingdom Come! (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by Staff

While most understand the Kingdom of God represents God's future rule over mankind, many do not realize it also has past and present aspects.


The Nature of God: Elohim

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Understanding Elohim teaches us about the nature of God and where our lives are headed. Elohim refers to a plural family unit in the process of expanding.


The True Gospel (Part 4)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

'Kingdom of God' describes God's dominion, rule, and governance. Jesus points to a future establishment of God's Kingdom on the earth, yet it also rules now.


A Heavenly Homeland (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

When Christ returns, He will establish the Kingdom on earth and all people will be His subjects then. But what does citizenship entail now—before His return?


The True Gospel

Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

There are many 'gospels' in the world but only one true gospel—the message that Christ brought about the good news of His coming Kingdom!


Is Heaven the Reward of the Saved?

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Most of Christianity believes humans go to heaven or hell after death. This belief does not originate in the Bible, which reveals a very different destiny.


Basic Doctrines: The Reward of the Saved

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

Just where do true Christians go after they die? What is their reward? Where is their reward? The Bible reveals some surprising truths.


Is the Christian Required To Do Works? (Part Five)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus came with a message of salvation, called 'the gospel of the Kingdom of God.' Here is the relationship between the gospel and Christian works.


A Heavenly Homeland (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

During such times of turmoil, we need to remind ourselves that our hope and confidence were never in the capabilities of man in the first place.


Rod of Iron

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, asking what Jesus Christ is going to have to change before He begins to rule, maintains that cultural systems and belief systems contrary to God's way of life will not dissolve or break apart easily, but will require a rod of iron to break the pieces apart. Those systems which fail to yield to God's rule will be …


Born Again or Begotten? (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Being born again signifies a new spiritual beginning at the beginning of our conversion. We are not yet complete, though; we must go on to perfection.


Heavenly Citizenship (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins warns that we have an obligation to respond to our calling, ensuring our heavenly citizenship, no longer living on a passport, but having a birth certificate in our heavenly kingdom. The church is our state, kingdom, and temple, and places us in the body of Jesus Christ's bride, citizens in God's eternal kingdom. …


Seeking the King

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Christ's command to seek first the Kingdom of God is in the midst of an admonition not to worry or take anxious thought, but instead to calmly set priorities. Seeking after righteousness is not necessarily synonymous with searching, but is instead an active moving toward all possible contexts of this fulfillment, now and in the …


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The doctrinal changes made by the Worldwide Church of God have devastating ramifications. Predictably, when the vision was changed, God's law was cast aside.


Government (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God is establishing a spiritual kingdom, with Christ as King, installed at the seventh trump when He will unleash the power of His Kingdom against the world.


Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 1): The Mustard Seed

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Bible, in both parables and prophecies, interprets itself and remains consistent in its use of symbols. We cannot arbitrarily attach meaning to symbols.


Dominion and Leaven (Part One)

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Dominion theology holds that the church's responsibility is to spread God's Kingdom around the world, but it misunderstands the Parable of Leaven.


Dystopia? Utopia?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Great Tribulation is the ultimate dystopia. The return of Christ will avenge all the crimes committed against God's people, as God's Kingdom is restored.


Do You Recognize This Man? (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In Exodus 19, there are 12 parallels with Christ's dramatic return illustrated in Matthew 24. All of these events will culminate in a blast of a trumpet.


Prosperity

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, reflecting on the derelict shadow population of the LA warehouse district, observes that amidst abundant wealth, pockets of poverty also co-exist. As modern Israel, we still suffer the consequences of ancient Israel's request to have a king like every other nation, and to adopt political and economic systems like …


Government (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our attitude toward government must be one of submission. The church cannot perform its function without the cooperation of the carnal civil governments.


Politics and Christ's Return

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Because we are set apart by God, we are not to become involved in the world's political, judicial, or military systems. Our term in office has yet to begin.


Fall Feast Lessons

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The world will learn that God judges—that He has the ultimate decision over everything. After Satan is bound, God will bring about seven reconcilements.


Four Views of Christ (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The dominant emphasis of Matthew is the kingly qualities of Jesus as a descendant of the royal house of David, representing the Lion of Judah.


Who Deserves Our Loyalties?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the terrifying events at the close of the age described in Matthew 24:4-13, asks us who really deserves our loyalty ? Several years ago, the intensity of persecution started to mount against Christianity. The Coptic Christians of Egypt have been severely persecuted by the Muslim Brotherhood, with …


Heavenly Citizenship (Part One)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins teaches that called-out saints, we are no longer strangers, but are granted the privilege to be citizens of the kingdom of God. As current ambassadors of God's Kingdom, we have the responsibility to adhere to God's standard. As citizens of God's Kingdom, we must make sure that we have a birth certificate, and not …


Importance of the True Gospel

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The way back to unity is to embrace the vision that once kept us focused on the same goal, giving us active, kinetic, dynamic and explosive power.


Preparing to Rule!

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Have you ever considered what it will be like right after Christ returns? What will you do, as a king, to help and govern the people placed under you?


The 'Rest' of Hebrews 4

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we patiently endure, trusting in God's faithfulness to bring us to completion, there will be a time when we will attain the rest we desperately yearn for.


Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 2): Leaven

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Kingdom of God or of Heaven has past, present, and future aspects. The Kingdom parables primarily provide instruction for the present aspect.


Acts (Part One)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explores the possibility that the book of Acts, in addition to its role in continuing and advancing the Gospel or Good News, could well have been assembled as an exculpatory trial document designed to vindicate the apostle Paul and the early church, demonstrating that Christianity was not a threat to the Roman …