Building With Integrity

'Ready Answer' by Mike Ford

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.


Biblical Symbolism: More 'Church' Symbols

Bible Study by Staff

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 Purpose of the Church

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The function of the church is like a teacher's college, preparing the firstfruits and providing them with the needed education and character development.


Hebrews as a Sermon (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God designed the sermon of Hebrews to motivate God's people, who are going through the same turmoil as those living in 65 AD, facing persecution from society.


The Church, One Body

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

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.


Is There a True Church?

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

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 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.


Biblical Symbolism: Yet More Symbols

Bible Study by Staff

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.


Living Stones in God's House

Article by Staff

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.


Don't Go Out of the House!

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

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.


Pillars Stand for Something!

Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

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."


Go Not Out of the House

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

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'.


Privileges of the Temple of God

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

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 …


Don't Leave the House!

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

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.


God Our Provider

Article by Charles Whitaker

The story of God's providence in building the Tabernacle serves as an encouraging example for us today as we collaborate with God in building His church.


Be Prepared

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

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 …


Sanctification and Holiness (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

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.


Wilderness Wandering (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

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 a Growing Seed (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

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.


Born Again (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Baptism and being born again were already understood by the Jews, but the traditions had evidently blinded people to some additional spiritual nuances.


Our Divine Destiny

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God's called-ones have been given the ability to decipher the scattered concepts, revealing the purpose of their destiny throughout the Scriptures.