By God's grace new Sunday has come and followers of the Living God, members of «Philadelphia» church - Izhevsk, bowed down in prayers and songs, worshiping God's majesty and building up our faith.

Along with usual prayers for needs God's people also blessed new-born child Renata, given to young family by God, and heard testimonies of people, experienced wonderful God's answers to their needs.

The senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov offered to think over the word about faith, based on the piece of the Scripture: «Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-unless, of course, you fail the test?» (2 Corinthians 13:5) Whether you are in the faith or not? We can still believe in theology or some historical facts. But believing that God is supernatural is something special. One is to pay attention to the fact that Jesus Christ could not make miracles where people did not believe He was able to make it. We say God is able to do anything, but how often we simply don't get what we expect! We must have definite goal and motivation about why do we need to seek God. If there is no motivation - you won't go the distance. Moreover the Bible says one can not please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). Faith comes first and then deeds come. There are many texts in Bible about faith and it's win in the world. But at the same time faith can thin. Faith is what one needs when it comes to service. One is either has faith or not.

If Bible says to examine ourselves for faith, it also says how to do it. Many of us gave up before sicknesses and swallow medicine. But Jesus never gave up before illnesses. He asked: «Do you believe I am able to heal you?» Our church is very good at theology. But how strong is our faith that God is supernatural?

After the sermon church took part in the communion, worshiped the Lord with songs and prayers. Pavel Ivanovich will continue to speak about this subject at Tuesday, December 23rd, 18:00.

 


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