On Sunday, 9th August, 2020, Apostle Effiong Ekpeyong (South Central Nigeria) conducted a YouTube live stream divine service from the Abuja Central church, Nigeria, despite the reopening of almost all the churches in the country including Lagos, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. He was supported by District Elder Kpegasin (South-South Nigeria).
The Apostle read a text word from Matthew 25:40: “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
The Apostle spoke on the message of living the gospel, showing goodwill and love to others.
Acting in accordance with the gospel of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ taught His followers many things when He was on earth. He taught His disciples the virtues of a true child of God, how to live a good Christian life, the end time and the judgement of God. Most of His sermons were with parables for better understanding of His followers.
The Parable of the judgment
In the Parable of the Judgment, Jesus Christ likened the final judgment to the separation of sheep from goats. When the Son of Man comes in His glory, He will be the judge of all nations who will separate His faithful servants (the sheep) to His right hand side and give them a place in his everlasting kingdom while the goats who represent those people who did not do God’s will, will be moved to the left into everlasting condemnation.
Showing our love for Christ through deeds
Jesus Christ uses our actions and deeds to quantify our love for Him. He showed us the perfect example by coming down from Heaven to redeem Man from his miserable state due the separation from God. He sacrificed His life for our sins so that we can have our lives back and be reconciled to God. Accordingly, Jesus summarized the Ten Commandments into two by telling us to love the Lord God with all our might and strength and everything we have as well as love our neighbours as ourselves.
The righteous on the day of judgement
Jesus Christ taught His followers the attitude and behaviour to live; to be kind, sympathetic, show love to one another and act according to the will of God. He explained that anyone who expressed these to others would have done same for Him.
Our good works will speak for us
Whatever we do is visible to the Lord. If we do good or evil, God sees it.
We need to do what is good so that our righteous God will take us to where we belong; which is His right hand. Only the upright and the faithful will inherent the kingdom of God.
Jesus wants us to repent and prepare for His kingdom
To prepare for the kingdom of God we must be compassionate and show sympathy for our neighbours. Our love for God is expressed in our good attitude and actions towards our neighbours. If we have not been living up to the expectation of our Heavenly Father, we still have time to change our behaviours.
Our Lord rewards good work and His reward is eternal
Concluding his sermon, Apostle Ekpeyong told the congregation that we are waiting for the moment our Lord Jesus Christ will come and reward us with the crown of victory as His faithful servants. Then He will tell us “Well done!” and takes us to the place He has prepared for us. This will be eternal joy for us.