Rev. Alexander Furs (pastor on the left) with St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran church members in Saratov, Russia.
Note: The LCMS supports Rev. Alexander Furs’ work through projects in collaboration with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR). This post was shared by the ELCIR.
Rev. Alexander Furs, pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Saratov, Russia, continues to reach out to student and academic circles in the city. In the days leading up to Reformation Sunday, he invited two groups of students from the philosophy department of the Saratov State University along with a few professors. It was their first visit to a Lutheran church as part of a course on traditional religions in Russia. Rev. Furs read two lectures on the foundations of the Evangelical Lutheran teaching. In his lecture for the political science students, he spoke about the ideological factors that drove the Reformation and the effect of the renewal of the western Church on the political situation in Germany and northern Europe. As part of that presentation, he told how the Reformation movement helped Christendom rediscover the original goal of the Christian Church– preaching the Gospel, doing mission work. For the future historians of philosophy, his lecture had a different emphasis on the Reformation personalia– Reformation activists and thinkers in general and the Tübingen School in particular. A Q&A session followed each presentation. The total audience Rev. Furs was able to reach out to during those days was 61 people.
Rev. Furs also conducted several activities from October 31 to November 5 in connection with All Saints’ Day. He led a Bible study on “Saints in the Sacred History” to which he invited two professors from the Saratov State Socio-Economic University. During this study Rev. Furs emphasized the importance of remembering the biblical saints as an example of faith and humility for all Christians and for people who are in doubt or are only going to become part of the Church. His other activity was leading the regular meeting of the youth club and this time the topic was “All Hallows’ Day vs. Halloween.” For the young church members and 13 new attendees, Rev. Furs shared Christian teaching and the history of this holiday, emphasizing the danger of not replacing this important remembrance day with other beliefs and entertainment.
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