Loving Christ and Revelation 2:1-7

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

There is a direct relationship between loving Christ and doing the right works. God's love for us places us under a compelling obligation to reciprocate.


Loving Christ

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Participation in Christ's life is the source of all good. Regardless of what church group we are in, we must establish a relationship with Christ.


How to Know We Love Christ

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We cannot become weary of well-doing, allowing our first love to deteriorate, looking to the world for satisfaction. Here are 8 tests of our love for Christ.


First Love (Part One)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

A Christian's foremost responsibility is to love God wholeheartedly. A decline similar to the Ephesians' loss of their first love affected the first-century church.


Passover, Obligation, and Love

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Christ's redemption obligates us to obey and serve Him. We show our gratitude for this priceless gift by doing good in acts of love and service to others.


Keeping Love Alive (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we love another person, we like to think about him/her, to hear about him/her, please him/her, and we are jealous about his/her reputation and honor.


Love Thy Neighbor (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

He who loves God must love his brother, including every fellow human being. Our closeness with God transcends the other human relationships.


Keeping Love Alive (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Works demonstrate our faith, our response to God's calling and His freely given grace. Reciprocity is always a part of our relationship with God.


Have You Given Your Heart to Jesus?

Sermonette by Austin Del Castillo

It behooves God's called-out ones to recognize Jesus Christ as providing the access to God the Father, the Way and the Life.


Parable of the Two Debtors

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Just as we have been forgiven a huge, unpayable debt, so must we extend forgiveness to those who owe us, showing that we appreciate what has been done for us.


An Unpayable Debt and Obligation

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

When God calls us and redeems us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we suddenly come under obligation—a debt we cannot pay but overshadows all we do.


Breakfast by the Sea (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Jesus twice asks Peter if he has agape love, and both times Peter can only respond that he has tremendous personal affection — he was lacking agape love.


The Relationship Deficit (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

In the unsettling letter to the Laodiceans, Jesus paints a picture of Himself in relation to the church that reveals His people care about other things.


The Elements of Motivation (Part Four): Obligation

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Understanding our obligation to Christ leads to a deeply held loyalty to Him. Our redemption should make us strive to please Him in every facet of life.


Is It Salvational? (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Simply watching out for the so-called "big sins" suggests that we are not genuinely interested in conforming to God—just in not crossing a major red line.


The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Eight): Conclusion (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The offerings have a great deal to do with our relationship with God. How closely do we identify with Christ? Are we being transformed into His image?


The Elements of Motivation (Part One): Fear

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Even though a Christian's potential is so wonderful, it is still necessary for God to motivate His children to reach it. This begins with the fear of God.


You Are My Friends!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on the practice of "defriending" (or "unfriending") on Facebook, contrasts this practice with Christ's love for His called-out ones, a friending with the condition that godly fruit is born. When Paul challenged the Roman congregation to produce godly fruit, he was not looking for …


A Priceless Gift

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God's people are the precious jewels (or the private, personal possessions) of God, obligated to conform exclusively to His will and purpose.


Passover (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The annual reaffirmation of the covenant through the Passover is at the core of an on-going relationship with the Father and Son, beginning the perfecting process.


Debt and Obligation

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We live in a time when people have acquired a weak sense of obligation to family, society, or nation. Because sin cannot be undone, all are debtors to God.