Preparing to Rule!

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Have you ever considered what it will be like right after Christ returns? What will you do, as a king, to help and govern the people placed under you?


We Must Work for What We Believe

Sermon by Mark Schindler

Wiping out terrorists may seem clear-headed, but our viewpoint must be based on Micah 4:1-7, which describes a time when swords will be beaten into plowshares.


Preparing To Rule

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that God has chosen the weak and base things to confound the wise (I Corinthians 1:26), suggests that many of those currently holding governmental power are exponentially wiser than God's called-out ones in terms of technological expertise. Yet, they are total failures when it comes to stopping …


Preparing to Rule (1993)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sanctification is both a state and a process—a time period between justification and glorification during which overcoming, purification, and holiness takes place.


Preparing To Be King

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh discusses the topic of the office of kings, observing that not many functioning kings are left in the world. In Revelation 11, the office of king replete with might and power will be returned. For God's called-out ones, our tenure on this earth is intended to be preparation for this position of rulership in …


Reluctant Leaders

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh focuses on the movie the King's Speech as an example of a man who is reluctant to step into the role which circumstances thrust upon him. Do we as God's called-out ones find ourselves reluctant heirs to the throne or priesthood? We are all commoners, not yet equipped for rulership. The Parables of the Minas …


Advice to Kings

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Deuteronomy is so important that God commands it to be read every seven years. Internalizing it ensures the humility required to become a servant leader.


Leadership and Covenants (Part Three)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

God is putting us through exercises to create leaders in His image. His covenants are a primary tool in this process.


A Contrast of Kings

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on our future roles as kings and priests, warns us that we currently have no preparation, but God desires that we will be kings and priests. He desires to fill thousands of leadership positions in the Millennium. In the law of first mention, the theme of king is significant, pertaining to realm. …


Qualifications of a Godly Judge

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the recent nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, questions how our individual spiritual confirmation hearings are proceeding. Just as the American Bar Association (ABA) has established qualifications of professional competence and integrity, our future roles as kings and priests in God's …


The Peter Principle

Sermon by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

As one uses the power provided by God's Holy Spirit, even one who has previously failed miserably can rise to astounding levels of spiritual competence.


God Wants You

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

We have a special calling as the firstfruits, ultimately becoming God's very offspring, patterning and conforming our lives after Jesus Christ.


Portrait of a King

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh observes that the world has very few monarchs, and those who do exist are merely ceremonial or figureheads. In the past, monarchs have been hereditary heads of state having political, religious, and judicial functions comparable to the president, congress, and Supreme Court all in one package. Today, God's …


Seeking God (Part Two): A Foundation

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Christians need to have a conscious plan in seeking God. Here are several essential qualities that must be included in any successful course of action.


Our Awesome Destiny (2000)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Through a miraculous combination of knowledge plus the spirit of God, we realize that our destiny is to be a part of the divine Family.


Government (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Only those who are governable will be allowed to govern with God. No government will work without each individual submitting in his area of responsibility.


To Test You

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Jesus, Joseph, David, and Abraham all endured considerable trials before they qualified for their offices. We must make our calling and election sure.


Worldview and Government

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, citing Abraham Lincoln's statement that the true test of man's character is his responsibility to govern or administrate, asserts that a man's way of governing is determined through his world view. Man should aspire to live as God lives, as demonstrated through Jesus Christ's example rather than human nature's …


Christianity Is a Fight! (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The sanctification process requires us to cooperate with God in order to produce Christian works and character, preparing us for the Kingdom of God.


Hebrews (Part Three)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus blazed a trail, giving a pattern for qualifying (through suffering and resisting sin) for our responsibility as priests, reconnecting man and God.


Five Major Problems of the Pilgrimage

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Feast of Trumpets focuses exclusively on judgment, a somber time when Jesus Christ will judge the world, destroying lawlessness and evil. God requires His called-out ones, as part of their preparation to qualify as priests and kings in the Kingdom of God, to learn how to judge, beginning with judging self and then learn to …