On February 9 and 10 the conference of the Volga Federal District took place in Izhevsk. The year 2018 was announced the Year of the Church in the association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelic Faith, so the theme of the conference was in accordance with it – “The Church according to God’s design”. The speakers were the senior pastor of “The Church of Christ the Savior” (Ufa) Vadim Maltcev, senior pastor of “Philadelphia” church (Izhevsk) Pavel Zhelnovakov, senior pastor of “The Word of Life” church (Orenburg) Vitalij Bushter and pastor of “The New Testament” church (Perm) Pavel Khuda. Believers from Ufa, Nizhnyj Novgorod, Kirov, Samara, the Udmurt republic and nearby regions took part in the conference.

On the first day of the conference the focus was on prayer: each speaker prayed about a deeper understanding of the church, its predestination, relationships between believers and the influence on the outer world. Pavel Zhelnovakov addressed the audience with an introductory word about God’s deep concern and sadness that He feels watching the church. On the second day the speakers discussed difficult issues, for example about the difference in opinions in the church. Then the participants thought about the biblical discipleship and what kind of disciples the Lord wants us to be. There were discussions about what it meant to be the light about which Jesus spoke about (Matthew 5:14-16) and a number of other questions.

Summing up the conference Pavel Zhelnovakov emphasized the Apostle Paul’s address to the apostolic church: “...The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11). Why could those who lived during the period of Pentecost fall asleep in the spiritual sense and what is the condition of the contemporary churches? The pastor called all the present to be spiritually awake and never stop thinking about the kind of church the Lord wants to see, what kind of church will please His heart.

Alisa Zorkina



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