–From SUNNY A. DAVID:
The Maiden Synod of the Methodist Diocese of Nnewi has ended with a call on the delegates and Christians worldwide to defend and be true soldiers of Jesus Christ on earth.
The newly installed Methodist Bishop of Nnewi, the Right Reverend Emmanuel Nnaji gave the charge while delivering an address during the Diocesan Synod at Wesley Cathedral Uruagu, Nnewi, Nnewi North Council Area.
The Synod reports that it attracted delegates from all the circuits of the new Dioceses, as well as friends of the Diocese.
Speaking on the theme of the Synod,” Contending for the Faith,” the Bishop who called on people of God to have absolute faith in God, no matter the circumstances stressed the need for all to help in propagating the gospel of God to the world, urging them not to surrender to Satan.
The Prelate who expressed satisfaction with the massive turn out of different parishes to the Synod said it is an avenue where the Clergy and lay faithful gather to discuss on how to evaluate, evangelize and assess their performances and make amends where necessary.
Bishop Nnaji further urged Christians to reject the teachings of false prophet and guard against it, emphasising on the need for christians irrespective of denomination or tribe to be true soldiers of Jesus Christ and live holy life.
Delivering a keynote address, the Guest Speaker, Professor Madu Iwe, who dwelt on the theme “Contending for the Faith” urged the participants to believe that what is not seen is possible to happen and that what is difficult to human, is possible before God, urging them to have faith and believe in God.
Delivering a sermon during the Synod thanksgiving service, the Bishop of Aba Diocese, the Right Reverend Obioma Ezeh, charged Christians to stand firm in their faith at all times, noting that many have been misled by false prophets thereby making them to derail in their faith.
In their separate speeches, the Synod Secretary, Very Reverend Emmanuel Chukwu, Bishop’s wife, Mrs Modester Nnaji, and the Lay President, Sir James Uche expressed satisfaction with the successful hosting of the Maiden Synod and called on delegates to hold onto God, no matter the tribulations facing them knowing that God alone has the solution to them all.
Expressing their joy, some of the delegates including Elder Shadrack Edeh, Mrs Jane Mbah for Awada circuits and Professor Ibeh promised to carry the good messages of salvation to their various circuits and help to propagate the gospel to all nooks and crannies of the Diocese.