30 Nov 2015

The Call of Jesus

Two different guests shared their thoughts at the first and second Sunday services on November 29 in “Philadelphia” church: Robert Menzies, PhD in Theology, a missionary from China and Evgeniy Beinya, PhD in practical Theology, a lecturer in the Moscow Theological Institute.

Senior Pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov started both services with congratulating our sisters on the Mother’s Day. It is a special holiday that can’t leave anyone cold.

Doctor Robert Menzies talked of the passage from Luke 10:1-12, 16 where Jesus sent 72 of His disciples for ministry and gave instructions. We can see two main ideas in the call of Jesus for His disciples:

  1. We should be representatives of Jesus. Usually we don’t think that this passage refers to us. But when we read Numbers 11:24-29 we can see that God’s Spirit wants all of His people to fulfill the mission of His disciples which is to go and be His representatives on earth.
  2. We should follow the instructions He gave. What were these instructions given to the disciples? Firstly, they must have entered the houses and eat there. This means that we should have relationships with the people we serve to. Secondly, Jesus ordered to heal the sick and proclaim the Kingdom of God. So wherever we go we must show His power and authority (Acts 1:8).

Evgeniy Beinya preached a sermon based on the passage from the New Testament: “ But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6). This passage tells us that godliness and contentment depend on our efforts. Doctor Beinya chose contentment as the main subject of his sermon. Discontent with life is originally expressed as a fleeting emotion. But gradually it becomes a permanent condition and a serious obstacle in the spiritual growth of a person.

Doctor Beinya emphasized four principles which define contentment in our life:

  1. Searching for the fear of God (Proverbs 19:23). God-fearing people are afraid of destroying the holiness and connection with God they received by grace.
  2. Working at one’s temper. Hebrews 13:5 says: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have”. This text is not only about money but also about values. If people measure their lives by earthly values they will always be unsatisfied. Like the Apostle Paul we must learn to live outside of the values of the world (Philip. 4:13)
  3. Searching for God’s will. For every one of us His will is to have right priorities. The position of a mature person is expressed by Paul in Romans 7:22 : he is focused on the main, Heavenly things and pays no attention to the minor ones.
  4. Gratitude to God in all circumstances. It doesn’t mean we must be thankful for plain tragedies happening in life. But the reason of the gratitude is that God never leaves us alone with them and helps to overcome everything with Him.

All the four principles are based on the necessity of transformation of our personality from egocentric to Christ-centric. Although it is a difficult process Jesus calls us to follow Him in obedience whether we preach the Gospel or transform our mind.  


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