04 Jun 2017

Action of the Holy Spirit

On Sunday, June 4, the church “Philadelphia” in Izhevsk could hear sermons of an important for all Christians event – the Descend of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost or, in other words, of the Holy Trinity.

It’s heartening to see that the church prays for families almost every Sunday, and this day was no exception. The church blessed in prayer a newlywed couple of Damir and Elena Pheoktistovs.

Pastor Dmitry Vladikyn addressed to the audience with the sermon of how the Holy Spirit can act in us and our lives. The Bible says that He will counsel and will take part in the lives of believers (Acts 14:26, 16:13-14). The Apostle Paul tells the believers to be filled with the Spirit «speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit» (Ephesians 5:19). But how can we find out if the Spirit acts in us? The pastor reminded that everything in our lives is recognized by the fruit. Studying the Scripture, we see that there is the fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-23). Thus, when we love our neighbors and make every effort to live in peace with others we show the Lord to the people around and the Holy Spirit acts through us.

Ilijas Mukhametdinov shared the sermon also of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul addresses to the church and called the believers to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:13). The servant offered to think of what “fellowship” means referring to the meaning of this word in Greek. “Partnership” is one of the definitions of the word “fellowship”. This definition doesn’t mean over-familiarity, but it explains that the Holy Spirit will lead us in various life situations if we consult with Him. “Taking part in someone’s sorrows” is another definition that helps us understand the Spirit’s role in our lives because He is also named the Comforter (John 15:26).

At the end of the service Ilijas Mukhametdinov offered to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us look at people through the eyes of God.

Alisa Zorkina




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