On the Sunday meeting of the church “Philadelphia” on 7 November senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov gave the participants in evangelism trips to villages in Perm region and Bashkortostan an opportunity to tell their testimonies.

“We do not appreciate what we have. We are in the gospel”, — the head of the Udmurt ensemble “Inkrez” Maina Sashina pointed out. She told about a blessed trip of the Udmurt ministry to a village of Balezino area of Udmurtia: “There were people thirsty for the gospel. They told us that they did not know what to do”. Maina reminded the church that sometimes we do not prepare ourselves to God’s answers and then we regret it. Maina Sashina asked the church to mention the ministry to the Udmurt, future trips and in particular ones to village Sharirt (Perm region) in prayer.

Pastor Aleksej Korepanov told about a trip to village Bolshoj Zetym (Sharkan area, Udmurtia). He called all the present to use any opportunity to spread the good news, reminding that recently he had told about his faith at funerals twice: God acts in a special way in such moments, breaking the last barriers between Himself and people. “We need new teams, new people, — Aleksej announced. — Let us tell as good as we can”.

Continuing the announcements and testimonies, Pavel Ivanovich reminded about forming the group for baptism preparation. The courses are to start when this group is formed.

Then there was a sermon. Senior pastor started with harsh words that God said to Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20:1:”Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” As the pastor said later, his sermon was not about death and not about the preparation to death, but about evaluation of life. Putting in order (or in other translations “last will”) is the things that a person after the analysis decides to leave after himself and what he or she advises to give up. The last will is what the whole life is about. Who can be as sure as the psalmist who said: “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance”? Or like apostle Paul: “I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”? The testament, our last will is a life-time deed. Senior pastor asked all the members of the church to think over his or her existence, evaluate it: what are we going to, what can we leave after us? He asked to give up last bad “tails” and test ourselves, coming home and trying to write the last will — not in order to die soon, but to re-evaluate and review our life.

“One business man was told he would die in 7 days… We may discard it, we may run away, but some believe, analyse, give advice and give up all the bad things”. Are we ready to evaluate our life?



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