The Archbishop of the ecclesiastical Province of Lokoja and Bishop of Lokoja Anglican diocese, the Most Revd. Emmanuel Egbunu has reiterated that the priorities of Christians are to be defined by the will and purposes of God. He said this during the opening service of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) 2 held at All Saints Cathedral Anglican Church, Nairobi Kenya.
Archbishop Egbunu asserted that the conference is a gathering of those who have chosen to live by the word of God as a sufficient and comprehensive guide of life in every generation. Hence, he urged believers to put all efforts, resources and prayers to maintain the priority and fidelity of the gospel at all times. He stated that the Scripture is written by God and is profitable for teaching, correction and training, that the man of God may be complete and equipped for every good work.
Speaking on the topic, ‘Such a great foundation’, the Archbishop gave an exposition on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, where the phrase was culled from stating that it contains truths about the identity and life of God’s new creation in Christ. He explained that the new humanity restored from a broken world and wrestled from the fall is not as a benefit of some political ideology but God’s own workmanship and new society created in Christ Jesus. He pointed out that Paul wrote the book of Ephesians to mostly address the issue of God’s reconciliation of the Jews and Gentiles to form a new humanity in Christ and the responsibilities they had as believers in Christ.
Archbishop Egbunu observed that oftentimes Christian worship is flippant, cold and measured when it could be vigorous and full of passion even in liturgical worship. Therefore, he called on Christians to be people of praise and emulate the Apostle Paul who saw every opportunity as an avenue of giving worship to God. He added that the work of salvation and redemption should feel believers with awe and a natural outpouring of praise to God from whom all blessings flow.
The Cleric noted that in many Christian messages today, there is so much emphasis on material blessings as a sign of God’s favour even though the greatest blessings in Christ are spiritual. According to him, Christians may lack silver or gold just as Apostle Peter and John, but they have been given all that they need for life and Godliness. Thus, he said that believers’ greatest pursuit must not be materialistic but spiritual adding that Christians ought to celebrate what they do have in Christ and not lament over the lack in their lives. He stressed that the resurrection is the highest demonstration of God’s victory over Satan explaining that there will be no Christianity without the resurrection of Christ.
The Most Rev. Emmanuel Egbunu concluded his message by stating that the great commission must remain the greatest commitment of the Church because reconciliation to God is at the heart of the gospel. Therefore, he charged the Church to initiate channels of reconciliation to God without compromising the message of the gospel adding that the Church is in need of a reconciled but faithful Church to bear witness to a lost and broken world. Finally, he encouraged all those who feel isolated, ostracized or despised for the sake of the gospel to hold fast to the reality of what God has accomplished and continues to accomplish in His children.
The Holy Eucharist service was celebrated by the Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh ably assisted by other Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion.