On May 2 closing of RCCEF conference took place in Izhevsk. Robert Shipley, a representative of the Assemblies of God (the USA), opened the morning service. The minister outlined some of the differences of the first Apostle church and a modern church. First of all, during Apostles' ministry the New Testament was not formed yet, the Gospel was spread by word of mouth. Second of all, there were no finances, church buildings and other comforting things, but it didn't prevent the church from growing and increasing the number of believers. All the first Church had was the Holy Spirit and testimonies of changed lives. Addressing a blind person the Apostle Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." (Acts 3:6). To bring people to Christ we just need to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to believe in the power of the name of Jesus. It was enough before and nothing has changed since then.

After that Magnus Lindeman, a minister, the director of the "Light for Peoples" mission shared a word with the congregation. The guest of the conference reminded words of Christ: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5). The minister reminded about the purpose of the church - to be a branch on His vine, so that His life would circulate through us.

Nikolai Zalutskiy, first deputy of the head bishop of RCCEF, senior pastor of "Emmanuel" church (in Pskov), said a closing word. Nikolai Igorevich reminded a simple truth that love is the driving force in ministry. Our revelation about Christ's love is identical to our investment in ministry today. We shouldn't forget that love never comes without a price. Christ paid a great price for salvation of humankind, but His love is exceedingly more than this price.

The last day of the conference was marked by medals in memory of I.E. Voronaev that were given to the ministers who made a big contribution in developing RCCEF. This year Nikolai Zalutskiy and Ivan Borichevskiy, a chief of staff of head bishop of RCCEF, head of mission and evangelism, senior pastor of churches "New Testament" in Moscow and Moscow region.  

Alisa Zorkina



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