How many times one should  attend church to get salvation? It is a strange question but that is what we sometimes want to ask when we see those who build up relationships with God just on the fact of attending Sunday meetings. “Hi, God, I’m here, I have not forgotten about You”, — that is how on the Sunday meeting of the church “Philadelphia” on 5 December senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov described the talk of such people with God, either with sadness or irony.

Pastor of Ustinovsky city area Dmitry Vladykin also talked about that. In his word about spiritual gifts that we have been enriched in every way (1 Corinthians 1:4-5) he focused on those who do not pay enough attention to these gifts, do not use it in real life. He compared such people to a wicked lazy servant who hid his talent in the ground.

Preaching, the pastor asked the congregation whether they were satisfied with God’s gift revelation in this local church. He asked to raise the hand those who are satisfied. The answer was silence and just a couple of hands (maybe accidental ones). The pastor sighed: “No, of course we are not satisfied”. Though then either God’s Word is wrong saying that “one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (Ephesians 4:7), or we are “like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle” (Psalm 32:9). That is why if believers do not want to be restrained by God, they should take an active part in the church life, not hiding, but practicing what was given by God. The Pastor inspired that even if we do not know our gift, it will be revealed by God, because He promised: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” (Psalm 32:8).

Pavel Zhelnovakov continued the topic about the necessity not to stop at just going to church. The sermon was based on Daniel’s prophesy, relevant for today: “With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him”.  Senior pastor reminded that the war for souls is not over: “Demonic world will do everything to find the fault in every person — a sin that he has not repented for, and to attract the unrighteous to his army”. The most successful attack is when all believers are scattered, that is why it is so important to be strengthened for those who attend church and who serve already. They should intensify prayers and fasting, be united, sacrificial, be righteous in the attitude to families, to the church.

“We should act, — Pavel Ivanovich summed up. — I am talking about practical dimension of this word: we should reinforce missionaries, the ministry of mercy and evangelism… Each person should find a place where he is necessary. I call to each minister to intensify their ministry”.


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