How do we Remain Faithful to God in Trials

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Heb. 12:1-2 – We remain faithful to God and persevere in our faith through trials by fixing our eyes on Jesus and the heroes of faith who have gone before us. To remain faithful,

1. We should remember the example set by the heroes of faith,
2. We should throw off the sin that so easily entangles us, and
3. We should keep our eyes fixed on Christ.

Teacher: Pavel B. Shvetsov

Returning to God Through Suffering

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Ps. 119:65-72 – God uses suffering to grow us in our sanctification. Without suffering we often wander, but suffering brings us back to the Word. God is faithful and kind, and that is why the suffering sent from God is good. In spite of the suffering, one should remain faithful and be comforted by His Word. Suffering teaches us the Word. The Word, to which we return through the suffering, is the dearest.

Teacher: Pavel B. Shvetsov

Man’s Character while Worshipping God

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Ps. 14 – This psalm deals with the character of both God and man. If one is to enter God’s presence, what kind of person should he be? If one sincerely wants to worship God, he should seek holiness because God is holy.

Teacher: Pavel B. Shvetsov

Discipleship’s Cost

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Matt. 8:18-22 – What can be more important than to follow Christ? What can be more important than to be Christ’s disciple? Nothing!
1. Following Christ is more important than material attachments – vs. 18-20
2. Following Christ is more important than relational attachments – vs. 21-22

Teacher: Pavel B. Shvetsov

How do we Overcome Temptation?

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Matt. 4:1-11 – Temptations can be overcome by trusting God and His Word.
What is “the temptation”? What can we be tempted by? How do we overcome “the temptation”? We will answer the questions after considering Christ’s example.

Teacher: Pavel B. Shvetsov

The Church and Authority, part 2

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Rom. 13:1-7 – People often take a critical view of the State’s power and blame it for their troubles. The State can even be a source of persecution for the Christian Church. Scripture however, does not encourage the Christian to harbor a negative approach to the authorities. The Bible teaches that the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, we have to learn to see our authorities’ activities as a means by which God care for us. In the long run, even persecution is useful for the Church. The Bible teaches that we should be subject to the authorities and only disobey if God’s Word would be violated if we follow the State’s demands.
Teacher: Pavel Togobitsky

The Church and Authority, part 1

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Rom. 13:1-7 – People often take a critical view of the State’s power and blame it for their troubles. The State can even be a source of persecution for the Christian Church. Scripture however, does not encourage the Christian to harbor a negative approach to the authorities. The Bible teaches that the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, we have to learn to see our authorities’ activities as a means by which God care for us. In the long run, even persecution is useful for the Church. The Bible teaches that we should be subject to the authorities and only disobey if God’s Word would be violated if we follow the State’s demands.
Teacher: Pavel Togobitsky

Do not be Yoked Together with Unbelievers

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2 Cor. 6:14-18 – How are our ways and goals different from those of unbelievers? Why
can’t we go the same way with them, have the same thoughts, do the same acts and
deeds? The Apostle Paul instructs us in this passage not to be yoked together with
unbelievers. He asks 5 questions as to whether or not the community of believers and
unbelievers is possible. And he shows that we have nothing to do with them because:
1. We are the people of the Holy God – v. 16b;
2. We have been saved by God – v. 17;
3. We are children of God – v. 18.

Teacher: Pavel B. Shvetsov

The Foundation of True Faith

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John 11:20-27 – Not every faith can change one’s life and secure one’s future because faith can be futile. Only faith in Jesus Christ as the One Who is the future Himself can have a transforming effect. Such faith gives hope for our future resurrection and provides us with a better quality of life.

Teacher: Igor V. Shaifulin

The Parable of the Ten Minas

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Luke 19:11-27 – The believer should use and grow what the Lord gives him (gifts) and use them for His kingdom. When he does, he will receive the Lord’s approval (reward).

Teacher: Pavel B. Shvetsov