FULL TEXT + VIDEO: Primatial Address at the 14th General Synod of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.September 22, 2023
- Korede Akintunde
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We want to take a moment to express our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to our Fathers for the incredible contributions you make to our ministry and Diocese. Your dedication, hard work, and commitment are the foundation of our success, and we acknowledge the labour and effort you put into your roles. Your passion and determination inspire those around you and create a positive and vibrant work and relationship environment. Your willingness to go the extra mile, overcome challenges, and adapt to changing circumstances is commendable.
Your labour not only drives our Diocese forward but also contributes to the betterment of our community and the lives of the people we serve. Together, we will continue to achieve great things and make a positive impact. And on that note we welcome you to this year’s Father’s Day and we congratulate all our fathers in the Diocese on this auspicious occasion.
We have prayerfully chosen the theme for this year’s father’s day as TRANSFORMED FATHER; TRANSFORMED HOMES. This theme emphasizes the connection between a person’s inner transformation and the transformation of their external environment, specifically their home. The idea is that when a person experiences positive change within themselves, such as a change in attitude,
behaviour, or perspective, it can lead to a corresponding change in their home environment. This can manifest in many ways, such as increased cleanliness, organization, and harmony within the home.
The phrase is often used in the context of personal growth and self-improvement, suggesting that the changes we make within ourselves can have a ripple effect on the world around us. By working to transform our hearts and minds, we can create a more positive and peaceful home environment that supports our continued growth and well-being.
It is important to note that you cannot stay in Isolation it is either you are transformed or conformed and you are advice not to be conformed to the standards and ways of this world 1 John 2:15; Rom 12:2 If you are not transformed you cannot please God or do his will (Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet 1:14-16) If you are not transformed you cannot get to the destination God has ordained. Genesis 35:1-5 If you are not transformed you cannot fulfil destiny and the implication is that you cannot transform your home.
In Romans 12 the scripture says therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:1- 2, NIV).
This passage tells us that because of God’s compassion, we should present, show, or provide our bodies that are holy-set apart-for God (Romans 12:1). When Paul calls us to present ourselves as living sacrifices, he is not speaking of just our physical bodies alone, but rather the whole person: body, soul, and spirit. We are to present our whole person to God as a living sacrifice. We are not to hold anything back. Paul is touching on the fact that as believers, we are to live being dead to sin and spiritually alive in Christ (Romans 6:13-14). This is our spiritual act of worship: to live set apart unto God, to live to honour God. We are to live united with Christ; living dead to sin and raised to new life in Christ (1 Peter 2:1-6). Romans 12:1-2 tells us that it is by the mercy of God that we can be spiritually transformed and no longer live as enemies of God. It is by the renewing of our minds that we can live transformed lives. When we are spiritually transformed, we will think and act differently. Fathers play a crucial role in society and their importance cannot be overstated. Here are some reasons why:
- Providing emotional support: Fathers play a critical role in providing emotional support to their children. They help build
their children’s self-esteem, confidence, and resilience, which are essential for success in life.
- Being a role model: Fathers are role models, and their behaviour and actions can have a significant impact on their children’s
attitudes and behaviour. They teach their children values, ethics, and morals, and help them develop a sense of responsibility
- Supporting the family financially: Fathers are often the breadwinners of the family, and their financial support is essential
for the family’s well-being. They provide financial stability, which helps reduce stress and anxiety within the family.
- Encouraging education: Fathers encourage their children to pursue education and help them navigate the challenges and
opportunities that come with it. They also provide guidance on career choices and help their children develop the skills and
knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen field.
- Fostering healthy relationships: Fathers play a critical role in fostering healthy relationships within the family. They help
create a positive family environment by promoting communication, respect, and understanding among family members.
- Spiritual Leadership: fathers provide spiritual leadership to the family. They teach the word of God, lead in prayer, provide
faithful leadership that help family to follow God and be nurtured spiritually.
On this Father’s Day, fathers are note that they are essential to the well-being of the family and society at large. Your contribution to the emotional, financial, and social stability of the family and their positive influence can have a lasting impact on the children and future generations.
Overall, the role of a father the 21st century is characterized by active involvement, emotional connection, shared responsibility, and the promotion of positive values. We rejoice with all members of the Christian Men Fellowship, our dear Men and Fathers, and pray God to bless you and keep you to celebrate many more Father’s Day.
The Lord be with you.
The Most Rev’d Henry C. Ndukuba, MA, BD, MA(Ed), DD
Bishop of Abuja and Primate of All Nigeria