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.


Pentecost Revisited (Part One): Counting Consistently

Article by John W. Ritenbaugh

The count to Pentecost should not be any different in those years when Passover falls on the weekly Sabbath — the same instructions apply.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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?


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.


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.


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.


Our Journey from Passover to Pentecost

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Even as we are to personally count the 50 days to Pentecost, we also must think continually of the lessons these days teach us about our spiritual journey.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


How Do We Keep God's Festivals?

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Here are the foundational principles to keep in mind in observing the Feasts of God throughout the year.