On Sunday church service on November 19 in“Philadelphia” church, Izhevsk, senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov preached. A believer often ponders over the matter of faith – it is for a reason, as the Bible states that it is impossible to please God without it (Hebrews 11:6). Then a logical question occurs: what kind of faith does God wants us to have? The answer to this question has got many aspects, one of which is the process of expectation, that pastor took as the topic for the sermon.

In the book of Joshua an outstanding event is described – Israelites crossed the Jordan and the river stopped (Joshua 3:7-17). The Lord gave Joshua a plan how to come across the river: the priests had to enter the water carrying the arc of the covenant and that would make the waters stop. That was the period of wheat harvest when the Jordan overflowed its banks and the flow was quite strong. When the priests touched the water and stopped, so did the water but not at the spot where they entered the river. It stopped 25 km upstream. The book says that it piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam, while the people crossed over opposite Jericho. As the water piled up at such a distance, it means that all the water downstream from this place must have passed the priests before the rest of the people could have crossed the bottom of the river. These water volumes tested Israelites’ faith. They touched the water but the water continued to flow as it was before and probably they were standing full of doubts. Only after some time they could notice that the volume became less. Pastor finished his sermon with a conclusion that such expectation strengthens our hope for God and lets our faith grow. 

Our faith is a result of our communion with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and it cannot grow and move us forward without Him. After the sermon the church partook the Holy communion, that is crucial for every believer in order to renew the covenant with God and grow in faith.

Egor Gvozdikov


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