Anglican Church ends Divine Commonwealth Conference
The Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Most Rev Henry C. Ndukuba has urged Christians to receive the word of God that they are more than conquerors, despite the challenges individuals, families, nations and the Church have faced in 2020.
He gave this charge at the just concluded Divine Commonwealth Conference, held at the National Christian Centre, CBD, Abuja. He noted the solemn nature of the gathering, due to the pandemic, but assured attendees that God was present to visit and grant them total victory over every situation.
Speaking on the theme for the conference: “We are more than conquerors,” Ndukuba said Jesus Christ is God’s ultimate and preeminent victory over Satan, his agents and devices, sin and corruption. Therefore, it is only in Jesus Christ that believers can overcome.
He explained that Christians are conquerors, but because of spiritual warfare, they need to identify and battle the enemy, the devil, his manifestations -sickness, death, self and carnality.
“One of the vicious enemies to contend against is the flesh and the allure of the world,” he said. “We live in times in which holiness, action and life intentionally dedicated to God is rare. The disconnect between what we say and preach and what we do is so loud that the power of the gospel is beclouded.”
He observed that people in the Church are increasingly keen on what they can get than what they can give.
“The pursuit of selfish gains, greed, self-glory and self-perpetuation has brought corruption in the handling of the Word of God and in our service to God and His people,” he said.
Ndukuba said Christians could be more than conquerors over flesh and the allure of the world through walking in the Spirit. To do this, there is need to remain, abide and be rooted in Jesus Christ; give oneself to the word of God; exercise faith, and call upon the Lord’s name.
He admonished them not to surrender to the devil’s schemes, worldly powers and their systems. He enjoined them not to give up, for they have an “ever-present and sustained conquest in Christ Jesus.”
At the opening revival service, The Rt. Rev Olumuyiwa Ajayi, Bishop of Pankshin Diocese, who spoke on the topic: “I am persuaded,” stressed the importance of depending on God’s Word and relying on His promises. “If you do not believe God’s Word, no prophet can bring change in your life, because things are only possible to those who believe,” he said.
Others that spoke on the occasion included The Rt. Rev Nedison Foreman, Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, The Rt. Rev Innocent Ordu, Bishop of Evo Diocese, The Rt. Rev Prof. Dapo Asaju, Bishop Theologian of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion and the Bible Study facilitator for the conference and The Rt. Rev Ephraim Ikeakor, Bishop of Amichi Diocese, among others.