American visiting professor helps Russians see the depth and breadth of Christ in scripture

Dear readers!

Let me introduce you to a man who became a real inspiration for all students of the Biblical Theological Seminary of St. Petersburg, Russia.

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SRS Board Member Mike Rasmussen, Resident Theologian for Worldwide Discipleship Association

Mike came to St. Petersburg in March to lecture on the History of Redemption viewing the whole Bible as one book. Mike presented the person and work of Jesus Christ as the theme and focus of every part of the Scriptures.

As far as I remember, it's the first time in our seminary that we have viewed the history of the Old Testament in the light of one all-embracing theme. All 20 Russian ministers who took part in this intensive course said they would definitely use what they had learned in Mike's course in their sermons and Bible study groups.

Thank you, Mike, for coming and sharing your knowledge with our students. It was your first visit to St. Petersburg and we look forward to our future cooperation. 

 Seminary students with teachers and staff. March 2018.

Seminary students with teachers and staff. March 2018.

Let me express my gratitude to all those who made this intensive course possible. You fearlessly sacrifice and direct your efforts to help the church of Christ grow in this part of the world. 

Evgeni Kruzhkov

rector of the Biblical Theological Seminary of St. Petersburg

CAN A SMALL CHURCH MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE MAINLY MUSLIM AREA?

(by Yuri Levchenko, pastor of Reflection Presbyterian church of Dmitrov, Moscow region)

 The Temple of All Religions or the Universal Temple

The Temple of All Religions or the Universal Temple

At the end of March right after the intensive course in St. Petersburg we went to Kazan where we saw a very interesting architectural complex called the Temple of All Religions or the Universal Temple build by Ildar Khanov. It’s really unique because it consists of several types of religious architecture including an Orthodox church, a mosque, and a synagogue, among others. Therefore we can see a Christian cross, a Muslim crescent, David’s star and a Chinese dome. It’s one of the sights of the city which describes the character of Kazan very well. Islam has been the state religion of the city since its foundation in 1005. The first Christian church was built only in the XVI century when Ivan the Terrible conquered Kazan. Today predominant faiths of Kazan are Sunni Islam and Orthodox Christianity. But there are also Roman Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Baha’is. 
They don’t hold any worship services in that Universal Temple. It’s just a building. But you know what building is located right in the center of Kazan? The Qol Sharif Mosque. And it is active, of course.
I’m sure, in terms of soteriology, the Church of Jesus Christ takes a central place in every city. Even if it’s small and located in the outskirts of the city. 
There is only one Reformed church in Kazan and that’s where we went together with Blake. We wanted to encourage people of that small church and show that their church is not small at all because it belongs to the great Church of Jesus Christ and is always under His care. On Sunday l preached and Blake shared his experience in child raising. 
A year and a half ago God called the pastor of this church. Truly, “the Lord will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance” (Ps. 94:14). God have kept this small community and even built it up. Vladislav Larionov the elder serves as a caretaker pastor. He comes to St. Petersburg to participate in the intensive courses of the SRS seminary. So does another member of this church – Andrey Dyatlov – who is an official student of our seminary now.
Please pray for this church so that the Lord would provide a pastor for them who will love them and lead in worshipping God in Kazan.

 

 Blake teaching on Child rasing

Blake teaching on Child rasing

 Qol Sharif Mosque

Qol Sharif Mosque

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