People may talk a lot about character, but finding a person or a company with integrity is a tall order. Integrity is vital for character growth.
The Bible uses so many symbols for God's church that no single Bible Study could do them justice. Here are several more, many of them familiar to Bible readers.
The function of the church is like a teacher's college, preparing the firstfruits and providing them with the needed education and character development.
John Ritenbaugh, referring to the mind-bending inheritance God's called-out ones share with Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1-2, Psalm 8), points to the commonalities of the metaphors describing "in Christ," including a part of a temple, a member of a household and an appendage of His Body. Hebrews serves as an exhortative …
God's call to learn from the ant does not teach us to yield to a hierarchical system, but to participate in a community with the goal of edification.
God's true church cannot be found without revelation nor can one join the organization; God calls and places each member in its appropriate place in the Body.
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.
The Bible contains many, many symbols that refer to the church. Included in this study are the symbols of the Temple and Tabernacle, the human body and trees.
Solomon's glorious Temple must have been a sight to behold. God's church, however, is His Temple now—and each of us living stones in it.
The term house can mean structure, family, kingdom, or church of God. The instruction to us personally is to not leave the church or fellowship of faith.
God has called us to be "faithful pillars" in His house. The Bible teaches what we need to be doing to become pillars, and the reward of a "faithful pillar."
For Passover, Israel was commanded not to go out of their houses. This is also a warning to Christians when we understand the implications of the word 'house'.
Martin Collins, acknowledging that the Feast of Tabernacles pictures Jesus Christ's role as King of kings, points out that Jesus Christ is still under the authority of God the Father, the Father of all of us. Paul uses many metaphors to illustrate our relationship to God the Father: citizens of the Kingdom, household, and …
As part of Christ's body or household, we have a responsibility to stay attached to the spiritual organism and to respond to the head.
The story of building the Tabernacle serves as an encouraging example for us today as we collaborate with God in building His church. God will provide what we need to finish the job to His specifications!
John Ritenbaugh, asking us about our preparedness as we made plans for the Feast of Tabernacles, asks us if we plan ahead when we understand God's purpose for the feast. All of us planned, anticipating needs, imitating this cardinal godly trait of our heavenly father. Preparations are made in everything we envision. Life is …
As God's priesthood, we must draw near to God, keep His commandments, and witness to the world that God is God. God is shaping and fashioning His new creation.
John Ritenbaugh reminds us that if we do not know who we are and where we are going, we are destined to undergo continuous stress. If we yield to God's manipulation of our lives, we will handle stress constructively, developing a relationship with Him, bearing spiritual fruit. As our forebears followed the pillar of cloud and …
Like its physical counterpart, spiritual growth happens slowly. A newly baptized Christian will not produce the fruit of the spirit as easily as a mature one.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on John 1 and John 3, indicated that both John and Jesus spoke on topics that evidently opened new vistas of understanding (clashing with established tradition), even though the teaching was well established in the culture. Baptism and being born again were already understood, but the traditions had …
God's called-ones have been given the ability to decipher the scattered concepts, revealing the purpose of their destiny throughout the Scriptures.