In continuation of his first quarter 2020 pastoral care visit to southern Nigeria, Lead Apostle Geoffrey Nwogu held a meeting for District rectors of South Central Area cared for by Apostle Effiong Ekpenyong at Atan Offot, Uyo, on Thursday 27th February 2020. He was assisted by Apostle Effiong Ekpenyong and Bishop Udombang in his visits.
As part of the meeting, the Lead Apostle exhorted the rectors, numbering 32, in a short word service based on 2 Timothy 4: 2-4, ‘Preach the word, be ready in season and out of season…’
He charged the rectors to always proclaim the gospel messages in purity, in season and out of season. “In exercising your God given mandate endeavour to preach in word and deed to yourself, your family, congregation and outsiders in due season and out of season” he said.
He concluded that the ministers should, where necessary, rebuke, praise, exhort, teach and endure afflictions.
The meeting, which was interactive, had the Lead Apostle talk more on Church administration and the upcoming 2020 National Youth Convention at Benin. He also advised participants on how to live a healthy lifestyle.
In the afternoon, Lead Apostle conducted a divine service at Four Towns, Uyo, where 157 members had gathered. He drew a text from Hebrews 10: 36, ‘For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.’
In his sermon, the Apostle reminded the brethren that the only way to receive the promise of God is through endurance insisting that obedience of faith leads to patience, citing Abraham and Job as true examples of symbol of faith. “Dear brothers and sisters, endure in your faith, trust, love and hope in the return of the Lord”, he concluded.
The following day 28th, Lead Apostle Nwogu conducted two divine services at Ikot Akpan in Afaha Nsai District and Ndon Ebom in Odot/Ndon Ebom District.
He addressed the congregants at Ikot Akpan to always pursue peace and holiness with all men as recorded in Hebrews 12: 14, ‘Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see God.’ He pleaded with them not to pay evil for evil rather seek reconciliation in the midst of uncertainties and conflicts.
102 members were in attendance with a District Evangelist going into retirement.
The last service was with 157 souls with a word from Exodus 14:13, ‘...Do not be afraid, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord...’
Here, Lead Apostle Geoffrey Nwogu urged the brethren to always be still and immoveable in the midst of hopeless situations and afflictions insisting that our faith is our righteousness. “Remain immoveable in your love, faith, trust and hope in the day of the Lord, this we preach in word and deed in due season and out of season”, he concluded.