03 Dec 2017

What do you believe in?

Konstantin Proleev preached on December 3 at the Sunday service in “Philadelphia” church in Izhevsk. He asked the audience in the prayer house “Who is a Christian?” It is easy to talk on this topic for hours, but it is way harder to put it in one sentence , but this is how we have to answer most often in life. Konstantin defined briefly the characteristics of a Christian. A Christian puts needs of others ahead of his own and he is called to pray for his oppressors. A Christian builds a good name with his good deeds not for himself but for Jesus. Summing up his sermon Konstantin said that the actions of a Christian reflect the laws and character of Jesus Christ Himself. 

The senior pastor of the church Pavel Zhelnovakov preached about living faith. “What do you believe in”, the pastor asked. It is strange to hear such a question in a church – the answer seems obvious. But no, not everything is that obvious. The same way the apostle Paul called the Corinthian church to sort out their thoughts: they believed in Jesus but excluded the possibility of resurrection of souls. The apostle brooding over this topic pointed out absurdity of their faith (1st Corinthians 15: 11—14): If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised then there is no salvation, then what do they believe in? The pastor noticed that this faith is vain, thoughtless, confusing. To believe to a half or one fourth, materialistically, seeking your own benefit, from time to time – why do we need such faith? Faith is supposed to be integral, strong, confident and Christ-centered and not to be torn between one doubt or the other. If you proclaim by faith but do not act on it, then it is not faith. Actions always follow faith (Jacob 2:26).

The pastor suggested that everybody writes a list of things that we are asking from God and do not get answers to and to find out His point of view on these things in His word. Faith is actions, so move your faith, do not let it turn into something stale, vain and messy. 

The congregation also blessed newly wedded Dmitriy and Veronika Gavrilkins and the family of Aleksey and Tatiana Malykh and their newborn daughter Lidia. We congratulate the newly-weds and wish them strong love and friendship! And we wish Tatiana and Aleksey to grow in trust to God, health and homely comfort!

Egor Gvozdikov


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