2010

19 Dec 2010

Putting the Word into life

“Our task is to put the heard Word into life” — that was the main idea of the first Sunday sermon in the church “Philadelphia” on 19 December. The starting point of pastor Aleksej Korepanov’s thoughts was a Christian concept of “a living sacrifice”. The Bible says: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1). What should our serving awesome God be like? The Scriptures answer: like our Savior’s serving. Jesus spread God’s Word on earth being the incarnation of the Word. What can give us such powers to zealously reveal Christ’s image? According to the Bible, the Word is like a seed (Mark 4). It depends on us whether this seed will grow up, give fruit and what fruit it will be. Let us not prevent this seed of His Word from growing in our hearts.

The church meeting was continued by pastor Dmitry Vladykin’s edifying speech. He reminded the church about a command to love one another and “by this all men will know that you are my disciples”, as Jesus said. Where can we learn this love to show everybody we are disciples of Jesus. Romans 5 assures us that we already have this love in ourselves — “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit”. Still it is not perfect in us because we have just a deposit of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians teaches us to follow the way of love. In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul writes about the Spirit’s acting in us.

Love is patient — the Bible states that patience is given to us through trials and sorrow.

Love is kind: “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” (1 John 3:17).

It does not envy: we should learn to be thankful to God for what we have and be satisfied with it.

Love is not proud, moreover, “God opposes the proud”.

The pastor reminded the church about these four aspects of godly sacrificial love. He quoted the Scripture: “If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing”. Follow the way of love!



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