Nigerians urged to partner with God … As Diocese on Lake the ends Synod

By Our Reporter

The Anglican Diocese on the Lake has ended its 2017 Synod with a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Oguta, where Nigerians were challenged to let their hearts be a dwelling place for God.
Anglican Bishop of Kontagora, Niger State, the Rt. Revd Jonah Ibrahim, who preached the sermon at the service, said this was necessary for God to partner with the people for a better society.
It was the 1st Session of the 4th Synod of the Diocese.
Bishop Ibrahim whose message was on the Temple of the Living God, noted that time has since gone when God dwelt in tents, as in the days of the Old Testament, but is now looking for people to partner with and whose hearts would become His temple with a manifestation of His shekina glory, adding that such a temple must be alive for Him.
The Prelate, pointed out that “irrespective of your endeavour in life, you must do it with Jesus” who would ensure that, as a believer, you always have fire and light in and around you.
According to him, “God does not need a physical building but a temple”, which is your heart, where He will live, seeing Jesus in you, no matter the amount of money you spend to further the work of God in the church or in the society.
Bishop Ibrahim, who made some bible references from Exodus 25:8 John 1:14, Ephesians 2:21-22 etc, charged all to uphold the fear of God in all that they do, and at all times.
Adding his voice, the host Bishop, Rt. Rev. Chijioke. B.N. Oti, expressed gratitude to all who responded to their invitations and pleaded with them to donate generously, to enable the Diocese to complete their Diocesan Retreat Centre Project now under construction.
About eleven persons were honoured with the “Nehemiah Award” at the service, among whom was Chief Christopher Nwapa, a Knight of St. Christopher, Owerri Council, and an indigene of Oguta.
Speaking after the award was conferred on him by Bishop Oti, Chief Nwapa noted that his interest and desire to contribute to the work of God dates back to the days of his parents whom, he said, laid the foundation for him and his siblings.
He expressed gratitude to the Diocese for such a wonderful recognition, and after making a donation of N500,000 to the church, he also promised that the services by his family to the church would continue unhindered, to the glory of God.
Among the dignitaries that attended the service, and who also supported Chief Nwapa, include Barr. (Sir) Chudi Onuzo, the Chairman of the Christian Voice Newspaper’s Management Committee, as well as representatives of the Okirika Grammar School Old Boys Association.

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