09 Nov 2014

Running forward

On November, 9th members of «Philadelphia» church, Izhevsk, had a communion on Sunday's sermon. Pastor Dmitri Vladikin called people to reach God - if we do it, He promised to call Himself our God (Hebrews 11:16).

Server Ilyas Mukhametdinov preached about path of a Chrisitan. Paul the Apostle calls it «race» or trek (Hebrews 12:1-3).  The Apostle defines Christian's path as sport term for a purpose - according to him, these words are the best to explain the meaning of our life. Ilyas explained this thought: «Our life is not a walking holiday, after which you definitely go home, where you have started. Christianity is a pilgrimage or running forward, we should not forget our real home is on Heavens and - imaginatively - we have nothing behind our backs».

However, later the server denies the idea that life is a contest between brothers and sisters in Christ. If we treat our path in this way, he noticed, we are going to be caught by the trick of wrong motivation and meet so-called «stumbling sin». Stumbling sin is something wrong in us, this is what stops us from the inside. Spiritually it is something what we argue with God about. We often think our sin is small, but in this or that way it stops our going forward - just like uncomfortable shoes or untied drawstrings.

Also Ilyas Gusmanovich paid attention on the phrase «cloud of witnesses», that we can read in this scripture.  According to him, the author speaks about ancient people, being strong in faith, in the previous verses. Great people of Bible - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph - are waiting for us, care about us while we run our trek to reach the perfection, being together in unity. So Paul writes: «Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us» (Hebrews 12:1).



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