By Vincent Osuji
The supervisory Bishop of Owerri Anglican Diocese and Bishop of Ikeduru, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike, has observed that today’s preachers now preach to entice their followers.
He has, therefore, warned Christians, especially the young ones, not to confuse excitement with true worship.
The prelate was preaching at the grand finale of the 61st Annual Youth Bible Study Conference held at St. John’s Anglican Church, New Owerri.
Bishop Maduwike, averred that the problem of the church has been that people tend to look for power, instead of looking for Christ first, and thereafter pass through Him in their quest for spiritual power.
Speaking on the conference theme: “POWER FOR EXPLOIT” (Acts
1:8), the Prelate noted that, every gift of power for exploit is given for a purpose, and that it can only be received through the Holy Spirit. He posited that any church without a vivid manifestation of the power of God is akin to a mere social organisation.
He charged the youths, to always be committed in the service of God and mankind, so as to receive power of exploit in all ramifications.
According to the Prelate, “it is not by the outcome of power that you have miracle, but by the presence of Christ in you, stressing that, “Christ in you is not only the hope of glory but the foundation of your coming into splendor”.
The Supervising Bishop, who expressed disappointment about the low turnout of the youths at the conference, promised that steps would be taken to encourage more youths in the Diocese, to participate in future conferences, as a means of helping them to develop themselves spiritually, and also in character.
Bishop Maduwike, had earlier given God glory for the fruitful episcopacy of the retired Bishop, Rt. Rev. C.C. Okorocha Ph.D, and his wife, Eunice, and prayed that in no distant time henceforth, a new Bishop would be elected for the Diocese.
In a brief vote of thanks, the Archdeacon, Ven. Paul Nwozuzu who conducted the service on behalf of himself and wife the Archdeaconry staff and the entire congregation of St. John’s Church New Owerri expressed pleasure at the episcopal visit and assured the Supervising Bishop and wife Mrs. Anuli Maduwike (Nnedinma Ikeduru) that by their visit a lot of yoke has been broken and that it would enable them to find themselves on a better pedestal to work in the Ministry.
Highlights of the service included the cutting of the conference cake and presentation of awards gifts to some deserving Anglican Youth Fellowship members by the current President of the Fellowship Bro. ThankGod Anuzienwa, and the formal introduction of the newly posted Archdeacon and wife to the Church Venerable Paul Uzochukwu and Mrs. Ebele Nwozuzu by the Bishop, both of whom he described as capable of handling the priestly duties in the Archdeaconry.