Children of God all over the world have been urged to imitate the fine example set by the first Christians on how they financed the church.
They have also been admonished to practice sacrificial giving in their local churches as God loves a cheerful giver. The admonition came from the member representing Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon (Dr) Usoro Akpanusoh, while delivering a keynote address at the 2016 annual synod of Methodist Church Nigeria, Diocese of Eket.
The Christian gathering which began on Wednesday, 16th March and ended Sunday, 20th March, 2016, drew top echelons of the church, to the Methodist Church Nigeria, Ikot Ibok, venue of the event.
Some of the highly reputable Clerics of the church who graced the 5 days event included the Diocesan Bishop, His Lordship, the Rt Rev Edem Offiong (JP), the lay President, Elder Udoyiu Udoyiu, the Circuit Priest, Rev Emem Ekim, the Circuit Steward, Elder Joseph Akpan.
The lawmaker who is the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation and Finance, used the occasion to eulogize all delegates to the event for their contributions since the beginning of the synod, which had as its theme: “Chosen to bear fruits”, taken from the Bible book of John 15:16 (b).
The Assemblyman reminded the congregation about Lord Jesus’ admonition in the bible to make self-sacrifice and show love to one another.
He noted that one way Christians should make such sacrifices is by making cash donations to the church to grow and spread the gospel.
“We must take a queue from the first century
Christians on how they finance the Church. Methodists must begin to practice sacrificial giving in our local churches that we have been taught, if we must bear prosperous fruits in 2016.
“Righteousness exalts a man, prayers preserve a man, but what prospers a man is giving”, said the lawmaker.
While calling on the connexional council of the Methodist Church Nigeria, to redouble its effort in the things of the Lord, the astute parliamentarian made a strong case for the clerics to feed the congregation with messages of salvation and redemption.
“Minsters must revive the pulpits with sound messages that touch the hearts and our attitudes…They must henceforth, be aggressive in their pastoral work, pastoral oversights, and evangelism because the congregations look up to them.
“Even when Apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome, the churches still wrote and sometimes sent messengers to him as their hope and direction”, observed the lawmaker. The Rt Hon Akpanusoh also used the occasion to call on Methodists in the State and Christians from other denominations, to continue in their support to the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel and as well pray God to give the State Chief Executive wisdom, robust health and strength to lead the people of Akwa Ibom to the land filled with milk and honey.