Our motto for the year 2017 is to glorify God. How do we glorify Him? There are many ways, and one of them is through our gratitude. Our Heavenly Father is the giver of all good gifts. We owe everything to Him. Offering is a result of our thankfulness and love for God and His work. Special Offering of Thankfulness This year, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on 1 October 2017. It is the time when we bring a special offering in addition to our regular offerings. Let us use the opportunity to bring our special offering of thanks to God on this day. Let us be thankful and glorify God through our gratitude! Letter from our District Apostle in Seven Languages With less than a month to go, let us prepare our hearts and minds, and every congregation for this special season. The annual Thanksgiving Letter by our dear District Apostle Mark Woll is meant to be shared with every member and congregation. The letter has been translated into seven languages and can be downloaded below.
A three day Vacation Bible Study (VBS) programme was held from 27th to 29th April 2015 in Mallampeta which is in Addanki District. Eighty-five enthusiastic children arrived on the first day and were excited to begin their journey of learning and fun. A journey of learning The subject for the first day was the ‘Three Sacraments’ and the ‘Ten Commandments’. The learning session was followed by a quiz, skits and games which helped the children to understand the topics thoroughly. The subjects for the second day were more intense, consisting of, the ‘Ten Articles of our Faith’. Each article was elaborated on by using a bible story so that the children could understand each of them and their relevance to the bible and our faith. The children were enthusiastic enough to participate in the all activities planned. End of the Beginning The program came to an end with a special Divine Service for the children conducted by Bishop Prasad Somala. The bible text was taken from Mark 10:14 “But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God’”. After the […]
Part 2 of 5 The sacrifice of Jesus Christ—that is to say, the death of Jesus—is the essential foundation of Christian faith, life, and proclamation. This series explores various aspects that highlight the importance of Christ’s sacrifice for believers. Belief in Jesus Christ In the context of his remarks concerning the relationship between faith and works, between the gospel and the law, Paul speaks of the expiatory character* of Jesus’ death. Paul emphasizes the importance of belief in Jesus Christ in order to attain righteousness before God. Righteousness signifies the experience of God’s nearness and salvation. The Apostle writes as follows: “… [Jesus was] set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3: 25–26). The Key to Understanding The expiatory character* of Jesus’ death can only be recognized by faith and can only be accepted in faith. As transgressors against the law themselves, it is impossible for human beings to overcome or erase sin on their own. […]
Whether big or small, plain or elaborate, rented or owned, there is something beautiful about churches. From their welcoming doors, the emblem with the cross reverently placed behind the altar, to the people getting together to worship God. In Gondegaon, Jalna District, Maharashtra, one such church was being dedicated and celebrated. The Dedication Ceremony The green and hilly Gondegaon village enjoys a population of 2,568 people and is known for its famous milk sweet Khawa. On 5th March 2017, more than 300 people gathered to celebrate their new church building. The congregation of this village church was overjoyed. Finally they had their own church to worship in and it was not any ordinary church but one that boasted a unique design and constructed with local materials. Apostle Egnati Jagtap was present on this memorable occasion and was invited to conduct the Divine Service and dedicate the new church. The crowd was waiting outside the church. The Apostle invited two elderly ladies in front, the pioneers of the church, to step forward and join their hands in prayers as the dedication ceremony was about to start. The ribbon that glistened at the church entrance was cut amidst shouts of joy. Apostle Jagtap […]