Sermons on The Gospel


The true gospel is the message which Jesus Christ brought--and is not primarily about Him! Instead, it tells us the great purpose God is working out, and why Jesus was willing to die for our sins. While He was categorically the most important person to have walked this earth as a man, and while His death for our sins paid our unpayable debts, the true gospel explains why He was sacrificed, and what is available to mankind as a result.

All in All
Summary: John Ritenbaugh contends that history is not confined to the past. We are actively participating in it just as surely as the prominent figures of the Bible. As citizens of Jerusalem above, we need to have our minds singly focused on the heavenly home... 

Bible Answers to The Da Vinci Code
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh opines that Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has made a disproportionate impact in a biblically illiterate world. Brown claims that Jesus was simply a man whom Constantine proclaimed to be God in AD 325. Yet, every book of the New Tes... 

Christ's Death and the Immortality of the Soul
Summary: John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the big lie ('you will not surely die'—Genesis 3:4) of inherent immortal life (an immortal soul). This dangerous false belief, held by the majority of Christian-professing denominations, has led to an acceleration o... 

Eternal Security (Part 1)
Summary: John Ritenbaugh claims that the harshest criticism we receive is for our position opposing the doctrine of eternal security, having the audacity to suggest that works are required for salvation. I Timothy 1:8 indicates that the Law is good only if we... 

Eternal Security (Part 2)
Summary: John Ritenbaugh reiterates that God is a working God, creating holy, righteous, divine character with the goal of recreating man in His image. From the time of our justification until our glorification in God's Kingdom, it almost seems 'downhill,' wi... 

Examining God's Judgments
Summary: In this sermon on Judgment, John Ritenbaugh emphasizes the actual process of handing down a decision. In this aspect of judgment, sanctification and purification bring about a restoration or refreshing in which liberty and reconciliation is restored.... 

False Gospels
Summary: To distinguish the true gospel from the myriad false gospels, a major clue is that any teaching attempting to change the nature of God or Christ or their doctines is anti-Christ and false. In Galatians 1:6-11, Paul suggests that the motivation to pre... 

God's Powerful Gospel
Summary: In this message on recognizing the true gospel, Richard Ritenbaugh stresses that the gospel encompasses far more than the Kingdom of God coming to this earth. It includes the complete revelation of God to man of His plan to reproduce Himself through ... 

Importance of the True Gospel
Summary: Using the analogy of the A-Team, Richard Ritenbaugh asserts that when everybody works together to reach a common goal, the chances of success skyrocket. When the vision or unity of purpose is removed, chaos or disintegration is the inevitable result ... 

Our Awesome Destiny
Summary: John Ritenbaugh observes that without our special calling and the gift of God's Holy Spirit, we would be about as clueless as to the purpose of our life as Solomon was throughout Ecclesiastes. Understanding is totally different from knowledge. Some p... 

Our Awesome Destiny
Summary: John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on man's ultimate destiny to have dominion over the entire universe (Genesis 1:26; Hebrews 2:8), admonishes that preparation for this awesome responsibility requires faithful stewardship over the things God has entrusted t... 

Real Conversion
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh contends that conversion, like salvation is a process that begins at a particular event in time (after our repentance, baptism, and receiving of God's Holy Spirit) but requires a maturing period in which we, using God's Holy Spirit... 

Repentance
Summary: David Grabbe, reminding us that a major focus of John the Baptist's ministry was a call to repentance and turning to righteousness, a focus that Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul reinforced and magnified. Curiously, in main-stream Protestantism, repe... 

Sovereignty and 'Once Saved Always Saved'
Summary: John Ritenbaugh contends that those who believe in the "once saved always saved" doctrine foolishly fail to see that God has a more extensive and creative plan for mankind than merely saving them. One can fail to bring forth fruits of repen... 

The False Christ Deception
Summary: Martin Collins, reflecting upon the topic of lying and spiritual deception, maintains that the Globalists' control of the media has posed major problems for those seeking or living by the truth. Instead of letting Israel know about their faults, the ... 

The Kingdom of God
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh focuses on the basic elements of the Kingdom of God, having a (1) king (Psalm 47), (2) a territory (Daniel 2:44, Psalm 103:19) (3) citizenry (I Peter 2:9-10) and (4) a code of law (Revelation 22:14). The term kingdom (Greek basilei... 

The Occult
Summary: Is there a distinction between black and white magic? Martin Collins in his exploration of the fastest growing religion in the United States (witchcraft) traces both practices to Satan the Devil. The Bible clearly condemns charmers, divination, gnost... 

The Teaching of Jesus and Prophecy
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh emphasizes that God's called-out ones are so different from 'mainstream Christianity' that we have been branded as a crazy cult out of touch with the truth. Actually, members of God's Church are entirely in touch with the truth, as... 

True or False Hope?
Summary: David Grabbe, focusing on Jeremiah 28:5-12, describing Hananiah's false prophecy about God breaking Nebuchadnezzar's yoke over Judah, indicates that this false prophecy gave them false security, causing an acquiescing into sin and a symbolic replacem... 

Trumpets and Hope
Summary: Using The Poseidon Adventure as an analogy, Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that just as it took one swimmer to go through the submerged vessel with a rope giving his life for his fellow passengers, Christ gave his life serving as our forerunner through ... 

What is a False Prophet?
Summary: David Grabbe, referring to the false prophet in Revelation, gives some characteristics of a false prophet. A prophet is one who speaks for God. A prophet may have miraculous power and foretell the future, but if he leads people away from the truth of... 

What is the Book of Revelation?
Summary: David Grabbe observes that because of the interspersing of literal, figurative, and symbolic materials, as well as the frequent flashbacks and insets, the book of Revelation is difficult to analyze and process. A key to effective Bible Study is to le... 

Why Many Do Not Understand
Summary: Using stock car, computer, and biotechnology jargon, Richard Ritenbaugh illustrates how ignorant most of us feel in the wake of the exponential explosion of knowledge. Likewise, the Bible, even though widely published and distributed, has remained ju... 


For more on the gospel, salvation, God's plan and purpose, being 'born again', and the reward of the saved, see the Gospel articles.



 
 
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