“Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” — this was a warning that Jesus gave His disciples in Luke 12. What is so dangerous about this yeast and how can we avoid it? Pastor Dmitry Vladykin spoke on this at the Sunday meeting of the church “Philadelphia” on 7 March.

Jesus explains that this yeast is hypocrisy. In Matthew 23 He adds that sometimes people say beautiful words but don’t do anything. At the same time they put themselves above others. How can we avoid it? First of all we should worship God, then be a servant for people around us. Moreover we should keep our faith and mercy.

Senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov spoke about the foundations. The well-known images from Matthew 7:24-27 about building houses on the rock and on the sand are still relevant, especially in the light of what is going on in the world and Christianity. Families, countries, churches break up because they are build on a weak foundation. People make compromises with their conscience, add liberal attitude into Christianity, but it turns out bad at the end. We shouldn’t pity ourselves saying that we are not perfect and justify our mistakes and failures. Paul says that many people should have become teachers by the particular time but are still babies. We are not perfect but we shouldn’t distort the true meaning of God’s word: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me”. We should comу over the barriers and challenges that we come across along our way of serving God. We crucify our own “self” on this cross.

 



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