Ndukuba urges church to build on Jesus Christ as diocese ends synod
The Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev Henry Ndukuba has called on members of the church to see God as the ultimate builder of everything, regardless of their personal roles in the establishment/growth of the church and humanity. The Primate disclosed this while delivering his presidential address at the First Session of the 11th Synod of the Diocese of Abuja at St. James’ Anglican Church, Asokoro.
Ndukuba, who spoke on the theme: “Building on the sure foundation,” said while the church honours those whom God used and uses for the work of His church, all glory and adoration belongs to Him alone, because God will not share His glory with any man.
He explained that Jesus Christ is not searching for volunteers, but disciples, who are willing to lay aside their cares and agenda, to sacrifice, learn and follow Him daily till the very end.
The head of the Anglican Church in Nigeria noted that Jesus Christ is the only sure foundation, since any other foundation could be destroyed and altered. He urged Christians to build on Jesus Christ, God’s Word and be ready to persevere till the end. He said: “Jesus is the sure foundation upon whom all believers are living stones connected to Him and are growing into a spiritual temple, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
Ndukuba said the diocese would build on the established foundation, uphold the vision of the Church of Nigeria and improve on programmes that enrich members’ spiritual life. He highlighted areas the diocese would focus on to include rebuilding lives, families, the Church and nation; mission, discipleship and nurturing believers’ faith, as well as advocacy for Godly standard in the Church and nation, among others.
Meanwhile, at the Synod thanksgiving service, Most Rev Joseph Akinfenwa, Bishop of Ibadan Anglican Diocese, said anyone sowing seed of discord among the brethren is indulging in an unpardonable sin. According to him, those who try to divide God’s children are building for the devil.
“No one has a right to scatter the flock of Christ, whatever the reason,” he counselled.The Synod Guest Preacher urged Christians to build on the sure foundation, which is Jesus Christ, and refuse to join the world to do evil. Arguing that one could either build a corruptible or incorruptible house, Akinfenwa said sowing the right seeds produce the right results.
He believes that the era of spectator worshippers in the church is gone forever because Christians could no longer afford to attend church services as though they are in a movie theatre.
He decried the way people rationalise sinful actions, noting that sin should be called by its name so that it could be addressed properly. To build on sure foundation, the cleric called on Christians to return to how Christianity started and focus on mission and soul-winning, which is the heartbeat of God.The Bishop of Ibadan Diocese enjoined Christians to serve with humility, and bear the fruit of the Spirit so that the church of God would continue to grow.
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