09 Feb 2014

Too much concern

On Sunday's service - 9th, February - winners of the child crafts' exposition were announced. Two boys and a girl became winners; also two girls were rewarded for two categories: "The youngest contestant" and "The greatest number of crafts"

Ilias Mukhametdinov preached about the scheme of humanity's development. Those who believe Christ is the Savior have become "new creations" (2 Corinthians 5:17). Those who deny God represent the dead end of the humanity. It may sound rude, but we all are to remember: Christianity has never condescended to morality and rectitude; it is to be counted in the context of real destination of Christianity: life and death, love and sacrifice for love. In the context of these questions Ilias reminded to the conjugation: "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them" (Ephesians 5:11). One should keep himself up, getting rid of intellectual and physical laziness, be awake, as the Scripture teaches, and value time. "We are saved because there was someone, who didn't waste his time" - the server summed up.

The senior pastor of the church Pavel Zhelnovakov spoke about excessive care. We all are familiar with Christian thought concerning spongers: "For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat" (2Thessalonians 3:10). But Christ Himself says: "do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear". How can Christ offer not to worry while not approving being a sponger?
To worry here means to worry painfully, to be unduly anxious. In other words, Christ teaches us to labor, but not to lose a temper and peace through your labor, to worry about children when they are late to come back home, not to imagine tragic results of your failure. All above what we can do or prevent there is a God, Who also worries not only about our destiny, but about our dearests' destiny for us - not for us only but for them personally. The pastor called us to believe, because when one excessively worries, it covers the part of God, we don't let Him to show His care, His strive for us.

On the sermon there was an announcement about the opening of the "Azbuka veri" club on March, 4, where everyone willing to know the foundation of believing in God can get the corresponding information and put it into practice.


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