Back to Your RootsThis Sunday was a celebration of the good things God is doing at ACFOC through our mission efforts. As an Armenian Evangelical Church we are called to reach Armenians for Christ so that we might reach the nations with the Gospel, and this is exactly what happened on our mission trip.

We shared the love of Christ with our Armenian kin, and through the connections we made we also had the privilege of sharing the love of Christ with Syrians and Kurds. Our Church was used by Christ to expand His kingdom and His influence, and for that I rejoice.

In addition to experiencing the joy of being used by God as a team, we were all inspired by the deep Christian roots of our nation that surrounded us at every turn.  From seeing Mount Ararat every day, to seeing the beautiful cathedral of Gerhard to climbing down the pit at Khor Virap; everywhere we looked we were reminded of our Christian roots.  We were reminded of the deep faith of our forefathers, and the sufferings they endured to preserve it.

We are Armenians, or are in the midst of an Armenian community for a reason. None of us are put here on earth in our particular situations on accident, and as an Armenian Church we have a responsibility to draw from our rich history and traditions to further God’s purposes in this world.  We have a responsibility to remember our history, to go to our roots, and use all we can learn from our history to further spread the Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection to our people and to the nations.

To inspire us towards that end, this Sunday we will be starting a sermon series entitled “Back to Our Roots: Remembering the Heroes of our Faith.” In this series we will reflect on the lives of Krikor the Illuminator, Mesrop Mashdots, and Vartan Mamigonian, among others.  It is my hope that in remembering these men of God we will be moved to look to the ultimate root of our faith, the author and perfecter of our faith, Jesus Christ.

Looking forward to seeing you in the weeks ahead!

–Pastor Shant


“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6–7)

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