The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Eighteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Paul never taught any Jew to forsake the Law of Moses, but he did warn against Pharisaical additions for the expressed purpose of attaining justification.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Sixteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Righteousness consists of applying the Law's letter and/or intent. Sin constitutes a failure of living up to the standards of what God defines as right.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Circumcision is a token, sign, or seal that one was the heir of Abraham. No physical sign has the power to transfer righteousness to the doer.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Seventeen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Law (including the judgments, ordinances, and statutes), far from being done away, shows us our faults and outlines the way of mercy and love—how to live.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty-Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The New Covenant, which writes God's law onto the heart, in no way does away with any aspect of the law. Works do not justify us, they sanctify us.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty-One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Colossian Christians were criticized by ascetics for the way they were keeping the Sabbath and holy days. Paul argues against a philosophy, not the law of God.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Nineteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The spirit of the law does not do away with the letter of the law; without the letter, there is no spirit because there is no foundation. Examples show God's will.


Hebrews: Its Background (Part Eight)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Hebrews emphasizes that spiritual growth and glorification depends on an individual's relationship with Christ, the centerpiece of the Book of Hebrews.


Forms vs. Spirituality (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The major issue in the Acts 15 decision was not doing away with God's law, but seeking a theological solution to the problem of circumcision and the Pharisaical misconception that it was a recipe for salvation. Within the context of this decision, both Paul and the Gentile converts faithfully continued to keep God's laws. In our …


Hebrews: Its Background (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The book of Hebrews' audience consisted of converts from Judaism, suffering estrangement from family and community, excommunicated from the temple.


Forms vs. Spirituality (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh stresses that God esteems certain spiritual qualities above other spiritual qualities. To elevate a minor regulation above a major regulation is to spiritually lose ones sense of proportion. The attribute of love (I Corinthians 13:13) supercedes (but not negates) all other spiritual gifts or qualities. There are …


Acts (Part 15)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

After explaining the context in which Paul advocated going from house to house, John Ritenbaugh reiterates that Paul, who understands clearly that God alone calls (John 6:44), makes his initial contact with non-believers in public places (synagogue and forum), going later to private dwellings by invitation only. Chapter 15 …


Hebrews: Its Background (Part Ten)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Parts of God's law are not presently required, yet not 'done away." Paul took a vow that required animal sacrifice. Ezekiel 34-48 shows the sacrificial law observed.


Acts (Part 14)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the intent or purpose of the scripture in Deuteronomy 23:2 prohibiting offspring from illegitimate unions (often carrying psychological baggage and irreversible physical damage) from holding offices of responsibility in physical Israel for ten generations. Acts 14 begins with the people of the …


Forms vs. Spirituality (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Not every sin is on the same level, not every punishment is on the same level, nor is every act of obedience or holiness on the same level. Although everybody is measured against the same high standard (Jesus Christ), everybody is not held to the same high standard. Sins committed presumptuously by people of high responsibility …


Acts (Part 16)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Through Acts 1-15, God (primarily through the work of Peter, Paul and James) has removed His work out of the Judaistic mold, creating the Israel of God (the church) designed to spread to the Gentiles. Though certain ceremonial and civil aspects of the law were (for a time) suspended, the Law of God was never suspended, …


Deuteronomy and History

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reminds us that everything in life matters; we should carefully consider all things that come in our purview. The instruction of Deuteronomy, written in the last month of Moses' life after wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, enabled Israel to live successfully in the Promised Land and was to be reviewed …


The Holiness Code

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

A portion of Leviticus, dubbed 'the holiness code,' describes how God lives. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus expanded the application of the holiness code.


Why We Do Not Vote

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Christians have been called out of this world's politics, voting included. As ambassadors of Christ, we cannot participate in the politics of another country.