On his first visit to the West Apostle Area from Wednesday 2nd to Sunday 6th February 2022, Lead Apostle Geoffrey Nwogu conducted a midweek service in our Ikeja congregation in Lagos East District, took part in the two days’ National Chief tutors seminars held at the central church from Thursday 3rd to Friday 4th in the Ikeja conference hall, conducted a divine service for children in the Apostle Gfeller Hall in Lagos East District on Saturday 5th ,and a divine service at Ajah congregation in Lagos West District on Sunday 6th.
For the Children’s divine service on Saturday 5th, the Lead Apostle took a text word from John 10: 14–15 "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep."
Jesus helps people in need and shows them the way to the kingdom of God.
The Lead Apostle commenced the sermon by referring to the video watched by the children about the story of the good shepherd before the service. He continued by explaining to the children that, Jesus is the good Shepherd. There are two types of shepherds Good and bad shepherd. The good shepherd takes care of the sheep and the sheep follow him wherever he goes. The bad shepherd is that one who does not take care of the sheep and will not provide food for them. In times of danger, the bad shepherd flees just like a hireling.
He gave example of two shepherds who had separate flocks of sheep. They exchange pleasantries while the flocks mixed together. It was difficult for each shepherd to identify his own flock. At the end, each shepherd was able to call out his sheep by blowing the whistle according to sound that can be recognized. Immediately, no sheep was left in the field as each flock identify their shepherd.
We should recognize Jesus as the lamb. The sheep follows the lamb wherever he goes. The children are to recognize that Jesus is the good shepherd. He is loving and always cares for them. Even when they commit sin, he still helps them by being compassionate to forgive their sins and draw them closer to Him, only if they are aware of the need for redemption from evil, and show them the possibility of an eternal life.
Today too, the Lord sends His disciples, who with deep compassion look for those who seek Jesus’ love, kindness, and the prospect of eternal life.
Apostle Oscar Nwanza and Bishop Adelabu Isaac were called to assist in the sermon. All West district rectors and delegates were in attendance during the service.
Immediately after the divine service, the children set out to the JJT (Johnson, Jakande, Tinubu) Park at Government Secretariat Alausa, Ikeja. A lot of exciting games and activities took place. The children had a joyful interaction with themselves along with the Sunday School teachers. A lot of drinks and snacks were provided to bring smiles and excitement to the children. It is a long lasting experience.