2017

21 May 2017

Temple way of thinking

On 21 May at the Sunday service of “Philadelphia” church, Izhevsk senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov suggested thinking about one of the most known Christian sanctities – the Holy Communion. Lord Jesus left us this command – to break common bread and drink from one cup in order to proclaim His death on the cross that became our salvation from sin until He comes again in glory and overthrows the last enemies (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). The pastor urged the church to partake the Holy Communion seriously so that, as the Apostle Paul wrote, “Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:11).

The pastor reminded that carelessness and indifference are strong in our world and we are called to guard our heart against them because the Second Coming will be like  how it was with the Flood: people drank and ate, got married, worked and “they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away” (Matthew 24:39). The pastor reminded the church that the Word of God tells numerous times about inevitable reward and the judgment. Pavel Zhelnovakov told about a lesson that one church minister shared with him once: “Beware indifferent people as they are the most dangerous one – they are unpredictable and inadequate”. May God keep us away from appearing indifferent and heartless, uninterested in others, uncompassionate and unempathetic.

While partaking the Communion all the present were called to “live with a temple way of thinking, waiting for the meeting with the Lord”. We should let this sanctity renew the memory of what Christ expects of us, to repel indifference and remember who we are in the society and what our commitment to Christ is about.

Egor Gvozdikov



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