The Signs of God (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Jesus was not against signs at all, but against hardness of heart that was unwilling to believe unless personally entertained or impressed.


The Signs of God

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Jesus Christ is not against signs; the book of John is structured around eight signs. The Old Testament is full of signs that the Pharisees missed.


The Signs of God (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

God equates belittling His signs with rejecting Him. The signs of the weekly and annual Sabbaths are emphasized by God, but commonly cast aside by men.


The Rest of the Sign of Jonah

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Jonah likely drowned; the great fish was his coffin rather than his prison. While Nineveh repented and was spared, Judah did not repent when Christ preached.


The Signs of God (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Correct actions become a sign—a witness—even without any preaching, which is why God's words are symbolically bound to the hand rather than the tongue.


Leadership and Covenants (Part Eleven): Signs

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Ever since the rainbow after the flood, God has been providing additional signs, particularly those that promise that He will provide a Savior and Redeemer.


Where is God Working?

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Are numeric growth or miraculous signs sure indicators of God's presence? Before trying to determine where God is working, we must understand what God is doing.


Back to Life (Part Five)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

All of us who are called by God are so precious in His sight that Jesus Christ, before we were even born, died for us, saving us from oblivion.


Is God a Magician?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh poses the question of whether technology really improves our character or quality of life. Are we really better people because we ride around in cars rather than walk? Technology, because of the spin it puts on expectations, can be a great source of discouragement and disillusionment when applying this heightened …


Matthew (Part 18)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The ability to do miracles does not identify a speaker as a representative of God, especially if the signs entice one to depart from the Word of God. Jesus warns that if we ask God for protection from demonic influence, we cannot sit back passively; Satan always counterattacks. Evil must be displaced with good. Jesus encourages …


Should All Believers Lay Hands on the Sick?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

There is a diversity of gifts, but not everyone in the Body has the same gifts. It is presumptuous to attempt to use gifts one has not received from God.


Why 153?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, asserting that the eight signs in the Book of John form a chiasm (where the first element corresponds to the last element, the second element to the second-to-the-last one, etc.) analyses the first and eighth signs. The first sign corrected the physical need for wine (a symbol of the New Covenant) in a joyful …


John (Part 1)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John presents Jesus, not as a phantom emanation, but as the reality, transcending the shadows represented by the temporal physical life.


John (Part 5)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John and James were related, but still had to have the Messiah revealed to them. God is involved in the details of our lives as well as the great events in history.


John (Part 28)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explains that Jesus' caution to Mary in John 20:17, "Don't touch me," is more accurately translated "Don't cling to me." Either translation does not contradict the First Fruits symbolism. (After all, the Levitical Priests had to "touch" the grain in order to offer it.) Also the …


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.


John (Part 9)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus teaches the difference between works that cause burdens (work that profanes the Sabbath) and works that relieve burdens. The Father and Son never stop working.