On 17 January the church “Philadelphia” had a holy communion. Before that the ministers gave sermons. Pastor of Oktyabrskij city area Vadim Ryabov started his sermon with the words about the Great Commission that Jesus Christ gave before going to the heaven: “Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."” (Mathew 28:18-20). This calling is still relevant. God wants us to go to the world and tell about the Savior who died for our sins. One of evangelism tools is a home group. This was the theme of Vadim Ryabov’s bright sermon. You think you are standing but maybe you are falling? It is easy to be Christian on Sundays. The problems of regular “visitors” of Sunday church meetings cannot be settled for years because they don’t pay due attention to God.

Home groups help us deal with many difficult questions. They are very useful for people. For a non-believer it is easier to come to somebody’s place for a cup of tea in comparison with coming to a Sunday church meeting, that is why it is great to invite friends and relatives to such groups. There Jesus Christ waits for us. Do we really want to live only in our meaningless daily chores? Home groups last up to 2 hours on Thursdays or other weekdays. The pastor called the church to attend such groups, be active and become leaders or let some group gather at our place. One can get detailed information from a city area pastor of his or her city area.

The dean of the church Yuri Baburin started his sermon with a parable about a cat and a Buddhist temple. The chief monk always tethered his cat to the fence near the entrance of the temple before the service. After his death other monks continued doing this, and then they started writing works about the importance of leaving a cat near the temple, about its colour and appearance. They led disputes forgetting prayers. What can this parable teach us? Some believers who go to church for a long time forget why they go there at all.

They forget about the reason why Jesus came to the earth and what He did for them. A famous verse from John 3:16 helps us recall it. Forgetting these reasons we start forgetting about sin and repentance. Sometimes we must renew the memory about agonizing death of the Son of God and pay attention to some verses from the Scriptures. Only a new creation can enter the kingdom of heaven. We can deduce this truth from a dialogue of Christ and Nicodemus, when the Lord said that no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. A new-born Christian can’t help doing something useful for God. The first and the most important job of a Christian on the earth is evangelism.

At the end of the meeting Yuri Baburin read the last address of Bert Clendennen, pastor, teacher and the founder of “The School of Christ”, that he had written before his death. It really makes think about our aim on the earth, what is important and what God calls us to.

 


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