Christians have been called upon to always have faith in God, no matter how ugly the situation might be. They were also told to remain steadfast, amidst present life exigencies, as God remains the final Arbiter in all matters that pertain to life.
This declaration was made by the Bishop, Ikeduru Anglican Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike, JP during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Cathedral Church of St. Mathew, Atta, and the commissioning of some diocesan completed projects as part of activities during the 5th anniversary of the new Diocese recently.
Bishop Maduwike who attributed the landmark achievements of the Diocese to God’s marvelous grace, counselled Christians to always wait as every vision would speak in fullness of time.
He specifically thanked some parishioners and friends of Ikeduru Diocese whom God used to actualise the dreams of the young Diocese, especially those who single-handedly undertook to build and complete major projects.
Earlier, in a short admonition after the dedication of an ultra-modern ten-room bungalow at the Bishop Cocking Church Centre(BCCC) Atta, and the foundation stone laying ceremony of the new Cathderal, the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, the Most Rev. Dr. Caleb A. Maduoma, JP, had described Christians as true temple of God.
Archbishop Maduoma said that a temple is a dwelling place of God, and as Christians, God dwells in us.
In his message entitled: “Jesus; Our Corner Stone” taken from 1 Cor. 3:11, the prelate said that, no other foundation would be laid except Christ Jesus which is our sure foundation, adding that as temple of God, Christians ought to be holy always.
He decried the present immoral life styles among Christians, even among ministers of God, warning that whosoever defiles the temple of God the same God would destroy.
The Archbishop said that as the foundation of the new Cathedral had been laid, what God expects from the worshippers are holiness, righteousness and undefiled word of God.
The week-long event which among other things featured prayer summit, free medical treatments and football competition, which saw Inyishi Central Archdeaconry defeating Umudim in a brotherly match which ended four goals to two.
Inyishi Archdeaconry lifted the golden trophy with a price.
The 5th anniversary celebration of Ikeduru Diocese was celebrated in a grand style with many bishops in attendance; including the retreatant to the installation and collation of canons and Archdeacons Rt. Rev. Denis Festus, Bishop of Ogorimangogo Diocese.