It was a blessed and blissful reunion for our brethren in Calabar Congregation in Cross River State as Apostle Samuel Usoro of South East Area conducted a festive divine service on Sunday, 7th February 2021 with 240 in attendance.
It has been a while since He last visited, occasioned by the ravaging world pandemic.
The members expressed joy as the Apostle arrived to a rousing reception.
Apostle Usoro read a text word from Matthew 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.
The Apostle was very grateful to Our Heavenly Father for His grace and compassion that despite the economic hardship caused by the global pandemic, the faith of the brethren has not dwindled and therefore encouraged them to remain resolute in their life of faith, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; and wished all inner peace from God.
Apostle Usoro said, those who are poor in spirit are rich in God as our Lord Jesus Christ pays special attention to the poor proofing His love and nearness to them.
He further said that, a distinguishing feature of the poor in spirit is that they understand themselves to be completely dependent on God.
More so, the poor in spirit are aware of their limitations and know that God loves them unconditionally.
He further reiterated that, the poor in spirit do not rely on their own merits in order to attain salvation but rather put all their hope in the grace of God.
Concluding the Apostle insisted that material poverty does not stand in the way of salvation but not also a guarantee for it either and cautioned that all should seek fellowship with God, recognize their own limitations and the need for help from God.
According to him when we have these longings we will surely make” Christ our future".
District Elder Ndifreke Sunday and District Evangelist John Adam assisted at the altar while 18 souls were sealed.