Fight the good fight of faith, Maduoma admonishes Church
• As He Retires In September
The Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri and Bishop of Ideato Anglican Diocese, Most Rev Dr. Caleb Maduoma has admonished members of the diocese and Christians to depend on the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ, the Saviour.
The Archbishop gave the admonition at the First Session of the Eighth Synod of the diocese, held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Urualla, Ideato-North Local Government Area of Imo State, even as he prepares to retire in September.
The cleric, who said he had fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith, described the Christian race as a relay race, where a time comes when its leadership must hand over baton to other good leaders to continue the race, under the Master and Lord Jesus Christ.
“Since our translation from the Diocese of Okigwe South in 2004, we have laboured in the Diocese of Ideato to keep it stable. We have persevered in loyalty to Christ alone, contending with all kind of adversaries within and outside the Church, to defend the gospel, which was handed over to us. When we look back, not only within the period we served the Diocese, but also since our answer to the call of the sacred ministry in 1980, we have nothing to regret,” he said, while speaking on the theme of the Synod: “Fight the good fight of faith with all thy might.”
Maduoma explained that life is full of wars and dangers, which the people of God must confront boldly. He said these dangers are there to frighten and distract God’s children from finishing the race victoriously.
He noted that Christians are called to defend the gospel in whatever occupation God has placed them. He, therefore, urged believers to put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, they would be able to stand their ground.
On his achievements, he said: “That ‘I’ in me must die! Whatever we have achieved all these years was by the grace of God alone. I have nothing to boast about. We are satisfied with Jesus and we thank Him for leading us in our ministry. He never failed me. We have represented Christ and His Church faithfully, as a deacon, a Priest, a Bishop and Archbishop.”
“We have guarded the faith; we have maintained unity and discipline of the Church. We have faithfully proclaimed God’s Word. We have acted in the name of Christ for the reconciliation of the world and building up of the Church. We have ordained others to continue Christ’s ministry…”
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