Who would not like to flourish and be a full-fledged and fruitful personality? Everybody is likely to want that and this wish is natural. God knows what to suggest His children in order to help them to reach this aim. Psalm 92 says that the planted in the house of the Lord flourish in the courts of our God (Psalm 92:13). On July 9 youth pastor of “Philadelphia” church, Izhevsk, Vladimir Batalov shared his thoughts on what it means to be planted in the house of the Lord. The pastor pointed out that the believers should feel involved in the Christian community called the church, not just being “church attendants” who satisfy their needs in spiritual food not trying to build up deep relationships with other believers and be a family. Meanwhile Christ prayed to the Heavenly Father so that “all of them may be one” (John 17:21). In this case being one includes readiness to be humble and change in one another’s company, be ready to be comforted and be rebuked, bring one another joy and forgive offenders. Readiness to be rooted in the church determines whether a person will flourish and bring fruit for God.

Pastor Aleksey Obukhov continued the topic of relationships in the church. The pastor talked on how the believers in a particular church could fulfill the following verse from the Scriptures: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). In verse 25 of this chapter Paul says that we should not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing. A habit or a custom is not formed all of a sudden, it takes time. If we do not communicate with other believers, if we do not relate to the godly community, this habit is formed more easily because in this case false notions and errors are born in the mind and the heart. Such were people from the region of the Gerasenes where Jesus came and set free a man with an impure spirit, commanding spirits to go into the pigs nearby. Pastor Aleksey emphasized that these people were a part of the Israelites but apparently they did not associate themselves with them anymore, stopping to attend common events and festivals judging by the fact that they were breeding pigs that was unthinkable for God-abiding Hebrews. Keeping aloof from the fellow believers, little by little the Gerasenes let uncleanliness enter their life. Due to this they got afraid and asked Jesus to leave their land. This land had a serious tragedy that was connected with a similar attitude of the Gerasenes to their people. This story from the history of the Israelites is given in chapters 19-21 of the Book of Judges. It tells that the Israelites had to kill the majority of the tribe of Benjamin belonging to the Israel, from Gibeah for their awful misdeed because the degree of the crime and their blindness made the whole situation beyond any repair. People from Jabesh Gilead were stricken too because they did not support the Israelites in their fight with the Benjamites as they did not see anything wrong it their actions. This story teaches us that we should be really attentive to our fellow believers because we can understand that something is wrong only when we pay attention. At the same time we should be careful and not give up meeting together as it results in falling away from the faith. Summing up, pastor Aleksey made a conclusion that we should be able to notice problems of our neighbors, be ready to rebuke and set them to the right path if they have lost it.


Dilyara Porseva

 

 



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