Basic Doctrines: Water Baptism

Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Baptism is one of the initial acts that a new Christian must experience. This fundamental doctrine gives the right frame of mind for continuing in God's way.


Baptism and the Last Day of Unleavened Bread

CGG Weekly by Ronny H. Graham

On the last day of Unleavened Bread, God symbolically baptized Israel in the Red Sea. But they could never see past their physical needs and fleshly desires.


The Wonderful Ordinance of Water Baptism

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Baptism symbolizes a burial and resurrection, or the crucifixion of the carnal self. After a person realizes his ways have been wrong, he should counsel for baptism.


Baptism and Unleavened Bread

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

The pattern of burial and rescue from a watery grave appears often in scripture, indicating that baptism plays an enormous role in God's overall purpose.


Are You Justified?

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

"Justification" is a theological term that many people do not understand, thinking that it is a complex point of biblical doctrine. However, it is not as difficult as it may seem on the surface. Martin Collins explains what justification is and how it works in the life of the individual whom God calls to salvation.


What Must We Do When We Recognize Our Guilt?

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

When we do something against the law or even against our own conscience, guilt is triggered, and we suffer, not just a gut-wrenching emotion, but also a descent into a state of culpability, of sin. Martin Collins instructs the guilty on their response to guilt, recommending taking the proper spiritual steps to remove the guilt …


Why We Must Put Out Leaven

Article by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Why must we put leaven out, yet we do not have to circumcise our boys? Earl Henn explains this apparent contradiction.


Basic Doctrines: The Laying On of Hands

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Laying on of hands may seem strange to the non-Christian. However, it is one of the church's fundamental doctrines, found in baptism, healing and ordination.


Baptized in the Sea

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Israel experienced a type of baptism in passing through the Red Sea on the last day of Unleavened Bread. Baptism symbolizes death, burial, and resurrection.


Basic Doctrines: Doctrine

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

In these days of psychology and feeling, doctrine is not very popular. But it is absolutely necessary for the salvation! Here are the basic doctrines.


Is Obedience Required Before Receiving God's Holy Spirit?

'Ready Answer' by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Acts 5:32 declares that God gives His Spirit to those who obey Him, yet some argue that keeping God's law is not necessary. What is the truth?


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twelve)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The fault of the Old Covenant was with the hearts of the people. Christ took it upon Himself to amend the fault enabling us to keep the commandments.


Basic Doctrines: Repentance

Bible Study by Staff

Repentance is a condition for baptism, and ultimately of conversion and salvation. It is also a lifelong process—one never stops needing to repent.


The Three Witnesses of Christ (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Trinitarian controversy surrounding I John 5:7-8 overshadows the record of what Jesus Christ did. It also hides key characteristics of God's children.


Dead to the Law?

'Ready Answer' by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Romans 7:4 says we are 'dead to the law through ... Christ.' What does this mean? The context shows that it refers to the 'old man' that perished at baptism.


Hebrews: Its Background (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, examining the socio-cultural milieu before the writing of the Epistle to the Hebrews, explains the difficulties experienced by the new Jewish converts to the Gospel. The powerful testimony of the recently risen Christ, combined with the apostles, who had spent 3 ½ years under His tutelage, were the main factors …


Elements of Judgment (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We need to learn to judge in a godly manner, putting merciful restraints on our tendency to condemn or jump to conclusions. One size does not fit all.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The New Covenant was designed by God to circumcise the heart, making it possible for God's laws to be written in our hearts and reflected in our behavior.


Hebrews: Its Background (Part Nine)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Book of Hebrews is a must-read for all members of God's church who seek the key for spiritual growth through a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.


The Covenant of Circumcision

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Circumcision was the sign God gave Abraham indicating that his descendants would ascend to greatness, acquiring physical and spiritual blessings.


Born Again or Begotten? (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We must understand Jesus' words about being born again from a spiritual perspective. Interpreting His symbols physically obscures necessary truths.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Eight)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Justification is not the end of the salvation process, but merely the opening to sanctification, where we bear fruit and give evidence of God's Spirit in us.


Footwashing

Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Footwashing is the initial part of the Passover ceremony. Why did Christ institute it? What is its purpose?


The Source of Church Characteristics (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The seven churches of Revelation 2-3 all existed simultaneously and the characteristics of five of them will apparently be extant at the return of Christ.


Acts (Part 9)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh continues to reflect on Stephen's incendiary message to fellow Hellenistic Jews (ostensibly given in hopes of their repentance), chastising them for their perennial rejection of prophets and deliverers, including the greatest Deliverer ever sent (namely Jesus Christ), clinging instead superstitiously to the land, …


Acts (Part 20)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon Paul's work in Ephesus, during his third evangelist campaign, where he entered the stronghold of worship of the mythological multi-breasted goddess of fertility or providence — Diana or Artemis- whose statue supposedly had fallen from heaven by the hand of Zeus. Initially Paul had to augment …


Elements of Judgment (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, fearing that we may be following suit in the world's religions by focusing on "getting salvation" rather than preparing for service in God's Kingdom, cautions us that we must re-orient our mindset, seeking to grow in the stature of Christ. Many mainstream religions believe that much of the …


Remembering Your Vows

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Like the marriage covenant, counting the cost is the most serious part of the baptismal agreement, not something to be taken lightly.