On May  10th, Sunday, pastor of «Philadelphia» church Dmitriy Vladykin preached about Jesus Christ's sermon on the Mount (Matthew, chapters 5-7). He paid attention to the point that Christ has given, so His followers could achieve it: «For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven» (Matthew 5:20). Christ pays special attention to law, He says He has come to «execute» the law, not to cancel it. So now we see Christ not only covers the law, but revives it and make it comprehend from the point of Father God.

So the question is how can we execute the law better than Pharisees did? Accepting Christ makes us sure His low has being written in our hearts and the Holy Spirit helps to follow it. Basically, we can believe our righteousness is better only because we accepted Christ's righteousness.

Dmitriy also pointed out practical aspect of Christ's words: there is forgiving, lust and envy. We can not come to God and have fellowship with Him, if we don't get on well with people around us. God wants us to be honest not hypocritical.

Pavel Zhelnovakov, the senior pastor of the church, spoke about victory of God's commission. Any victory demands sacrifice. We can't say one commit a feat because of despair. People pay their price for victory and commit these deeds of valor in the name of ideas that fulfill their hearts. Any other reason is not enough for such self-sacrificing achieving the goal. Paul the Apostle said the following things about his life: «I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith» (2 Timothy 4:7-8). He says his ministry was a good fight and he has finished what God told him to do and kept the loyalty to Christ's covenant that was in his heart. «Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness» - the Apostle says - «and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing». There is no need to repeat that achieving the same result demands serious efforts.

Furthermore the server from Magnitogorsk, Gennadiy Pyatin sang a song «There is always a hope for us». There is always a hope for us, because our God is God of hope.

 


Covenant relationship

Family recreation with kids of 10 held at Selychka from 20th to 30th of July