Approximately 250 young people from West Apostle Area in Nigeria gathered together in Lagos on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th 2023 in order to celebrate the Day of the youth in their Apostle Area Church. Apostle Oscar K Nwanza was also there in order to unite with his young brothers and sisters in joy and strength of faith.
“I’ll arise and return to my Father” – “Among other things, this slogan was intended to express that it is possible to take a bold decision and return to God after recognizing your mistake,”
Recognizing your mistake
For the closing divine service, Apostle chose a Bible text from Luke 15: 18-19 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." '
In his message the Apostle said: In the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus is telling us that each person is precious to God and whenever someone unintentionally make a mistake and ask for forgiveness for what he did wrong, Jesus always
stands beside him and welcomes him back wholeheartedly.
To conclude, the Apostle said, in this story, we have learned that no matter how far we stay away from God or how much we misuse his gift, He always gets delighted when we return back to him.
His selfless love always waits for us to return back to the home where He greets us with his open arms.
Thereafter the Apostle asked a question, why did the father forgive his son?
He said: The father forgives his son when he returns home because the son realized his mistake.
Similarly, God always forgives his children and welcomes them once they realize their mistakes and ensure not to repeat them again.
Already on Friday and Saturday, the youths have engaged themselves in various activities starting with praise and worship songs, debates, choir singing, outdoor evangelism, seminars etc…
The youth used also the moment to celebrate their Bishop who retired a year ago during the National Youth convention at Ikot Ekpene conducted by District Apostle Michael Ehrich.