The Ven. Isu
The seminar leader speaking on the topic, “The Anglican Youth and the future of the Anglican Church,” described unemployment as another serious problem that has caused a lot of youths to be rendered helpless and prone to reckless practices such as armed robbery and kidnapping.He added that some youths abuse information and technology by engaging in pornography and using social media dubiously. Therefore, he called on the Church to utilize these online platforms in other to correct these ills and engage the youths.
Meanwhile, in another seminar group, Mrs. Margaret Oluyamo wife of the Bishop of Ijesha North Anglican Diocese admonished parents not to be guilty of not doing their part in raising Godly children. Presenting a paper on the topic, “21st Century Parenting and Child Protection Policies,” she said the sole responsibility of parents is to provide protection for their children and give them qualitative education. She concluded with a charge to parents to introduce their children to modest lifestyle at an earlier stage.
NIGERIA WILL RISE AGAIN- Ven. John Agboro
“As a nation, the time has come for us to rise up from the valley of corruption, greed, armed robbery, terrorism, kidnapping and stand on the mountain of godliness and holiness. Nigeria must rise again”.
These were part of the reassuring declarations from the servant of God; the vessel for the Revival Hour as the DIVINE Commonwealth Conference entered its 2nd day.
Delegates were ushered into this segment of the programme in an electrified, turbo-charged atmosphere for spiritual rejuvenation. With the song, “All over the World, the Spirit is moving, there is a mighty revelation of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea”.
Relating the Revival Hour to the Theme : “We have the Man Jesus”, and using John 5:1-11, Ven. John Agboro, from Lagos Diocese, also illustrated his message with various scriptures, such as the Acts of Apostles 3:6 “Silver and Gold, I have none, but in the name of Jesus, rise up and walk”. Ven. Agboro said, “this is a story of a man, born with limitations, misfortunes; a story of a beggar, hopeless; A man who had lived a life of pain, misery, agony and frustration. He was at the mercy of visitors at the Beautiful Gate, until grace located him. Citing the story of Lazarus and the woman with the issue of blood, he noted that one common currency in all the stories is the entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ, who changed their individual situations and stories.
He proclaimed that “the good news is that the Lord will locate every expectant delegate in Jesus name”. “They will not be spectators; they would not be at the mercy of others to live in Jesus Name”, he said. He declared that every problem has an expiry date and God will remember anyone believing HIM for fruit of the womb before the end of 2017, that God will remember us as he did in the life of the man at the beautiful gate because the time has come.
Speaking further, he lamented the craze for money among politicians. “Our desire for power has assumed a satanic and worrisome dimension. Where human lives are being mortgaged for power; many have killed for money and power”. He also noted that people have lost the zeal to pray and even when we pray, we are too self-centered. He charged the Church to rise to the challenge of our times in this nation. In his remarks, “The mark of the living church is not the beauty of the architecture; not the melody of its music but it is the church that holds on to the great commission; preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
He charged that the time has come for the Church to decide and deliver to this generation. The only thing that can bring about the much desired change and transformation in Nigeria and the world is the Lord Jesus Christ”. “God is looking for men and women that will proudly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ even at the risk of their lives”.
“The Church must set the pace for the nation to follow. The Church must rise to the challenge of perceived islamization of the nation with prayer. “Jesus must reign in our land”. He concluded
INTERVIEWS ON THE THEME AND EXPECTATIONS OF PEOPLE ON DIVCCON
Mr. Ishaya Yakubu -Abuja Diocese
Mr. Nwabochi Obi –Niger Delta North Diocese
Barr. Mrs. Chinelo Anazodo –Kubwa Diocese
The Rt. Rev. Zubairu I. –Bari Diocese