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What Sermon do Religious People Need?

As part of the 23rd Missionary Conference of the Community of Good Shepherd Church, two seminars on the ministry of evangelism were held at the same time.

The seminar Breaking the Shackles teaches how to communicate with the non-Christian people we meet more and more often in the Ukrainian and European cities. They come to study or work, get married with local girls or do business in our country. Now we do not need to go to the end of the world in order to find people from other culture and tell them about Jesus, they come to us. How do we testify them? What should we tell them? Where do we start? What do they believe in? How not to build a wall but to break shackles?

The second seminar was How to Bring the Gospel In the Religious Environments? Frequently, people who call themselves Christians have no understanding of the essence of the Gospel. They need to be reached in the same way as pagans or atheists. But here we have certain peculiarities. The one sharing the Good News should be very careful to what God is already doing in people's life; he should be able to recognize sons of the world and not to impose faith on those who resist. It is important to learn how to establish relations and not to talk "from the doorstep", to be truthful and have a good example of life. The seminar participants have learned how to avoid being disdainful, hypocritical, and critical, how to show Christ and not ourselves.

Interest in religion is devil's treacherous charm, false religion is flattering by nature. But we have to preach the Gospel of grace and the main method is to explain the Bible. It should be always remembered that salvation comes to all people in the same way, which is through God's sovereign grace.

Tetiana Arterchuk

 

 

 

 

 

Pray for Ukraine

  • About Ukraine, and rather of its leaders and about ourselves – Ukrainians, to fear God and serve Him;
  • About the summer season Christian camps 2016 – the special time of sowing and reaping. At the campground of Zalesie every week will be held camps for friendly churches within our region;
  • About the presentation of the Gospel in Central Asia, in the Crimea, and among the Crimean Tatars in Ukraine;
  • About the ministry to orphans and graduates of orphanages in the Rivne region. For many years (more than ten) by the dedicated servants (Ruslan Kovalchuk, Bondarchuk family and many volunteers among them) are fulfilling such ministry in orphanages of the Rivne region. Family of Alexander and Valentina Bondarchuk from the church “Source of Life” in Zdolbuniv for many years helping to graduates of boarding schools to get adapted in this difficult world;
  • About the Gospel sharing with teachers through Christian magazine “Word to the teacher.” Currently, there is a constant leader of publication in the team – brother Arkady Sloza, a member of the church “Reconciliation” Rivne. Please feel free to contact him!
  • About 50 students of the fourth set of School of Bible preaching, for their 3-year training and ministry in their local churches. Pray for the teachers: Alexander Kalinskiy, Andrey Rezunenko, Taras Prystupa, Benjamin Portansky, Vitaly Rozko and others;
  • About soccer club “Nadea,” of its head coach Alexander Gonchar and his assistants, so that the Gospel could have reached the hearts of boys who attend training.

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