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CHRIST IS RISEN, BLESSED BE THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST!

QRISTOS HARYAV I MERELOC, ORHNYAL E HARUTYUNY QRISTOSI
(Armenian version of greeting at Easter day)

Christians greet each other with these words when they celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. These are not just words, but truth and reality. This is the greatest holiday, which proclaims the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ is alive. This day is a day of joy, because Jesus has risen from death and has conquered death and hell.
The Armenian Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches wish the Armenian people and all the world’s nations a Happy Easter and many blessings. Our prayer is that at this time of Easter many would come to know the resurected Jesus.

 

… Behold I am alive for evermore.
Revelation 1:18

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13th CONGRESS OF THE UNION OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN BAPTIST…

The key Bible verse for all the sermons and discussions was Deuteronomy 33:18: “The eternal God is your refuge”.

During the conference the invited speaker Dan Deaton from USA and other brothers Gagik Tarverdyan, Asatur Nahapetyan shared God’s Word with the participants.

Dan Deaton was the first to share his thoughts on Exodus 13:17-18. The key idea was that even though God led the Israelites to the Promised Land through a long way which was full of trials and difficulties, God led His people with miracles. God kept on reminding them that the only refuge and hope of the Israelites was Jehovah. The following idea was highlighted in the speech: faith is the weakness of men which leans on the power of God. One can have spiritual victories if only he trusts God’s power and not his own.

In between the speeches, the brothers had an opportunity to worship the Lord and give their testimonies.
Dan Deaton also spoke about ministers and preparing leaders. Having Joshua 3:1-4 and Joshua’s life as an example and the story itself how God prepared Joshua before his leadership, he emphasized the importance of preparing leaders. Joshua needed to get trained by Moses for a long time before he led the Israelites to the Promised Land. And Joshua was called by the Lord, not by Moses. When God calls somebody for a ministry, He trains, leads and carries him through. If someone’s ministry is not the will and call of God, then he will not be blessed and delighted. If God has not called us in a certain ministry we will see how everybody around us will be blessed but at the same time we will not be blessed ourselves. But if we are called by God, then we have to prepare God’s people for the future ministry as Moses prepared Joshua. On of the reasons why Joshua succeeded is that he had an organized and well- trained team.

    Then the participants of the conference were divided into small groups for group discussions. There were several questions for the discussion.

1.         How confident are you in your call? Are you really called by God in whatever you do and will you stay firm in place God has put you?
2.         What blessings did you have that you would like to share as a testimony that you are walking with God faithfully?
3.         How confident are you that you have eternal life and you will be with the Lord forever?
Else than this, every one of the participants was asked to remember the greatest miracle the Lord has done in their life and share it with everybody. It was very encouraging to hear about all the miracles that the Lord has done in His children’s’ lives.
Those testimonies reminded us once more time that irrespective of all the difficulties a believer may face, the Lord always leads him in a miraculous way even if it feels like he is alone. Then the President of the Armenian Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches, Rev. Gagik Tarverdyan spoke about faithfulness of God’s workers, the General Secretary of the Armenian Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches, Rev. Asatur Nahapetyan, emphasized the importance of being accountable before God in pastoral task.
In the end, the floor was again given to Dan Deaton, who read from Hebrews 12:1-2. He encouraged the leaders to have a “big heart” otherwise it would be impossible to finish the race and stay firm in faith in all the difficulties and trials which one may face in his ministry. God’s servant has to be faithful and patient in his ministry so that he will be able to bring it to a glorious end.

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RAVI ZACHARIAS – FIRST TIME IN ARMENIA

The idea of inviting this great preacher, an Indian by origin, came about three years ago when Brother Robert Khachatryan from USA asked to invite Ravi Zacharias to Armenia, where he could share his experience and the witness of his faith. After a long prayer for three years, finally he visited us. For that unique occasion we organized two meetings and on these meetings participated five different Churches of Armenia: Christian Church of Evangelical Faith (Historical Pentecostal), Nazarene Church, Brotherhood Group of Armenian Apostolic Church, Brotherhood Bible Church and Armenian Evangelical Christian Baptist Church.
Ravi Zacharias was born in India. He spend his childhood in poverty, as he remembered “we were so poor, that except my everyday school uniform I didn’t have any cloth, and my mom couldn’t even give me pocket money to spend.” At the age twenty he moved to Canada with his family, where God transformed his life.
Ravi Zacharias is a professor at the Oxford University, author of over twenty-nine books. Over twenty years he has been traveling all over the world, preaching God’s truth. He has visited to about sixty countries, taught in the Military Academy in Moscow. He has mostly visited to disaster regions, where he tried to convince people that the existence of every human being, every God’s creature is not a coincidence. As he says, often we think many things around us are results of coincidence, but we have to understand that nothing in the world exists by chance and everything bears in itself a witness of its creator.
We are thankful to Ravi, as he through his visit and preaching once again reminded us the fact that everyone of us has a purpose for his life. As he puts it “Everyone of us has a purpose of life, and that purpose for us as Christians is to have a relationship with him, i.e., to serve him in spirit and truth.”
Thank God for his children like Ravi Zacharias. May the Lord bless him and give him a long and fruitful life. His wish is “May the Lord bless you, make you his light in this world and keep your faith unshaken.” Amen.

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YOUTH CONFERENCE 2011

On June 9-11, a seminar was organized in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia. The seminar was called “Two Kingdoms”. There were 100 young people from different regions of Armenia and Yerevan taking part in the seminar. The seminar had only one purpose: to teach the younger generation about God and His glorious deeds.
“It was the first time I was on a seminar like this where there are only young people and their purpose is to find out as Christian children of a Christian Nation how much we know about God and how that knowledge can change our future”,- one of the participants, Lilit says.
“I am really impressed and I think I have a lot to tell my friends, to encourage them to get to know God personally because it is only God that can give true happiness”,- Siranoush from Masis shares her thoughts.
Before departing everybody expressed their hope that the seminar was not the last in the raw. Everybody and each of the young people expressed their wish to come back again and told that there were too many questions and the time was short.

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The Church of Gavar

Our first ministry with children was on May 22, 2003, when, by the grace of God, we held a VBS and got acquainted not only with the children but also with their parents. We gradually made friends with them and started to visit their families. We have visited both the individuals and the families for a year, doing what was possible to spread the truths of the Gospel.
In the summer of 2004 we again had a VBS. During 3 days, almost 130 children actively participated in a number of interesting events. During the same summer, 25 children stayed in one of the Arzni rest homes for a week. We continued our ministry with the children even when VBS was over. We started a Good News Club with 35 children. Furthermore, in the same area we started spiritual meetings for the adults.
In May 2006, we acquired a church building by the grace of God.
Now we have worship services and prayer services on Thursdays and on Sundays. Once every two weeks we also have a Good News Club for children.

During the summer of 2006, English lessons were provided at the church by a visiting teacher for both children and teenagers, with a Bible lesson in Armenian following each English lesson.The leader of the church of Gavar is brother Avetik.

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“AGAPE” SUMMER CAMP 2010

We praise the Lord for His love and mercy because He entrusted all of us with a great and honorable ministry. The Union of the Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches of Armenia organized a 6-weeks summer camp for 8 – 13 years old children from July 12 to August 30, 2010. More then 800 children participated in the camp during those 6 weeks. Before the beginning of this ministry the Holy Spirit reminded us to pray for the leaders first, then for the whole program. We trusted that God would call His people and use them for His glory. 65 leaders had voluntarily served among the children at the Camp. And this was the beginning of this camp.
God blessed the entire program of our “Agape” camp, including games and biblical stories. It is noteworthy to mention that during the worship songs the children were giving thanks to Jesus. We saw that the hearts of children were so joyful. We also want to mention that the unity of leaders was a good testimony for the children (some of them wanted to be leaders later). We hope the children enjoyed the love of Jesus during the camp. We had 16 orphans at the camp. We used to pray for these children every morning, and God answered our prayers. One of them is small Milena who has testified that Jesus loves her and so do all of the leaders.
We thank Jesus for giving us the strength and leading us by His hand. We have to remember always that God has called us and He is faithful to do it. The fruits of our labor belong to Him, and we are only the instruments in His hands.

‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Isaiah 43:10

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12th CONGRESS OF THE UNION OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN BAPTIST…


Our God has blessed us with many things and one of His blessings is His children coming together to worship our Lord Jesus Christ. This year was organized the 12th Congress of Armenian Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches, which brought together pastors and leaders of churches. The Armenian Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches has formed a good tradition in pastors coming together once a year for a conference. During the congress main issues that affect different congregations are discussed. Our brothers in Christ share their blessings and difficulties and discuss the challenges our churches face nowadays. Brothers keep on coming together every year and they testify that every year they come away more encouraged for doing the Lord’s work.
This year was no exception. Between June 30 and July 2, ninety pastors and church planters came together for our annual meetings. During the congress we had worship times and lectures, which were led by Rev. Gagik Tarverdyan and Rev. Asatur Nahapetyan from Armenia, as well as by Dr. Ray Glinsky and brother David Newton from the Grace Church of Chicago. At the same time during the conference were received news, reports and challenges from the brothers. This year new brothers joined us for the congress and we enjoyed listening to new testimonies about what God is doing in Armenia. As we have already mentioned, the whole conference itself was an act of worship to God and we would like to share with you some of the topics of the lectures. Today, as well as 2000 years ago, the goal of the church is to worship God. Worship is addressed to God and every Christian should ask himself, “How can I bring glory to my God? How can I glorify Him?” He is worthy of our praise because He is our Savior and God.
Worship is not a temporary thing – it never ends. It is constant and it is the essence of a Christian’s life.
Where can I worship? When can I worship? Those are questions we should think about, dear reader. Do we worship God on Sundays only or should we worship God every day of the week? Well, we are to worship our God always because He is everywhere and He is always present. It does not matter whether you are a spiritual leader, a worker or a student, your life should be an act of sincere worship to the Creator. God wants His children to worship Him in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24).
This means that God wants to see the state of our heart. It is through a sincere worship of God that it is seen how much we love our God. The whole life of a Christian should be an act of worship and a gift to our Lord.
Biblical Eldership
The topic of Biblical Eldership is very important and it was talked about at the conference. Biblical elders are a group of men who devote themselves to teaching God’s Word to others for Jesus’ glory. God chooses men for eldership and pastoral ministry. In the Scriptures, the plural is always used when referring to elders – i.e. a church should have several elders who are called to spiritual ministry. We can see from Peter’s letters that after planting churches, he put elders (plural) in place and not just a single elder. Elders are called to minister together and to share in the ministries of the church. Biblical Eldership is very important both in church doctrine and leadership. Leaders are called to guard the church from false teachings and in the case when there are several elders in a church it is easier to do so. Praise the Lord that during the last few years, new brothers have been assigned to pastoral ministries in the Baptist Churches of Armenia.


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VISIT OF CANADIAN PARLAMENTARY DELEGATION TO ARMENIA

A Canadian parliamentary delegation led by Member of Parliament Harold Albrecht paid an official visit to Armenia from September 6-10, 2010.  Mr. Albrecht is the chair of the Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group.

The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan received the Canadian delegation.  President Sargsyan welcomed the group to Armenia and noted that Armenia and Canada are cooperating efficiently in bilateral and multilateral formats. The President highlighted the importance of developing more active inter-parliamentarian relations. “Canada is an important state, with a powerful economic and democratic system.” President Serzh Sargsyan said he appreciates the 2006 decision for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide “We are grateful to the Parliament and Government of Canada for their position on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.”

The delegation visited with their colleagues in the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia and met speaker Hovik Abrahamyan, Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and Edward Nalbandyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs also received the Parliamentary delegation for a very productive discussions.

The parliamentary delegation headed to the spiritual birthplace of Armenian Christianity, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, where they were greeted by His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian, Primate of the Armenian Church Canadian Diocese. Canadian politicians toured the complex of the Holy See of Etchmiadzin and visited the Mother Cathedral.

The delegation visited the Armenian Genocide Museum and the adjacent memorial site.

On September 7, Mr. Harold Albrecht also met with Asatur Nahapetyan, the General Secretary of The Union of Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches of Armenia.

 It is a blessing that Mr. Albrecht, who was previously involved in pastoral ministry, is now in political life and that he is both a good friend of Armenia and supportive of all Armenian issues. Revd Asatur Nahapetyan said: “It was a blessing to meet our dear Brother in Christ Harold Albrecht, at the same time to pray together and praise God for His love, grace and mercy towards nations”.