HISTORY AND MISSION OF TSA

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HISTORY AND MISSION OF TSA

The history of our seminary begins with those who many years ago established and guided the Armenian Evangelical Baptist movement. Enduring many persecutions

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The history of our seminary begins with those who many years ago established and guided the Armenian Evangelical Baptist movement. Enduring many persecutions and trials during the 20th century, they became only more convinced of the need for educated, trained servants of the Gospel, for the advancement and strengthening of the Church in Armenia.In 1998 the first lectures of the Theological Seminary of Armenia were held on the premises of the Central Baptist Church in Yerevan. In 2001, the seminary graduated its first seventeen students. Groundbreaking for the seminary’s own educational building took place in the city of Ashtarak in May of 2000. By January 2003 both the educational building and a separate dormitory had been fully constructed. Today the seminary has an enrollment of 50 students, comprising two programs: Preachers and Christian Education.In training and sending out men and women to witness for Christ, plant churches and teach believers to grow in their spiritual walk, TSA is fulfilling the mission for which the Lord has certainly called us. Our mission further consists in setting the highest standards of faithfulness to the Word of God and its life-changing applications in order to fully equip the Church in a newly independent Armenia to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

(the 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 with 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 resurrected Jesus.

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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