Christian mothers in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, have been charged to endeavour to pass on the faith they have in Jesus Christ to their children, for the purpose of guarding and propagating the gospel, as was the case with Timothy, who benefited from the faith of his mother, Eunice, and that of his grand mother, Lois.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, Ph.D gave this charge while preaching at a service held at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri, last Sunday, to mark this year’s Women Special Sunday in the Diocese of Owerri.
Bishop Okorocha noted that the kind of faith every Christian mother was expected to pass on to her child or children, must be that which has no wax, hypocrisy or insincerity attached to it, but genuine faith, adding that it must also be such that, if people or an organization is looking for somebody with transparency, integrity, and high degree of reliability, they will look for him or her,
The prelate, whose sermon centred on the “Empowerment of Women,” made reference extensively to 2nd Timothy I1″18 and 2nd Tim 4, and thanked God that the faith which Paul, including that of the mother and grand mother of Timothy entrusted to Timothy, helped him to spread the gospel.
As he further observed: “most men who have done great things in the world today, hardly make public speeches without mentioning how their mothers impacted or influenced their lives in their youthful days, stressing that wherever God did great and mighty things in the Bible, He used women as instruments.
The Man of God warned parents against indulging in funny and culpable acts, under the guise of seeking to have a child. According to him, when God is not pleased to give you a child, don’t just do anything to force it on yourself, like Abraham whom, he said, had to stoop so low, by sleeping with his house-girl all in an effort to get a child, when according to him, there are other legitimate ways to get a child.
As Christians, he argued, people should insist on doing what is right and try to pass it on to others, whether such is appreciated or not, adding that teaching children the Lord’s prayer should be taken as one of the basic things to be done to children in every home.
Bishop Okorocha commended Prof (Mrs) Ada Obasi, Imo State Commissioner for Education and Dr (Mrs) Iheoma Onuekwusi, for excellently reading the first and second lessons at the service respectively, taken from Deuteronomy 2910~end and 1st John 313- end, and for being the special women of the service.
The Chief Shepherd of the Diocese used the occasion to announce that on Friday 27th July, 2012, the Diocese will join other Dioceses in the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to celebrate this year’s Church Missionary Society (CMS) anniversary, while on Saturday 28th instant will be a day of diaconate ordination of some church teachers in the Diocese, According to the Bishop, the venue of the ordination which is the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, will also be used for a special thanksgiving service on Sunday by the newly ordained priests, and those to be recognized as Elders of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri,
The thanksgiving service, he added, will also afford the faithful in the Diocese, their friends and well-wishers, the opportunity to demonstrate further financial supports towards the completion of the Cathedral, praying that God would bless and reward them in an immeasurable manner as they do so.
Donations were made by the congregation to support the CATOL Women in their on-going projects in the Cathedral.