Archbishop -Most Revd. Dr.J.S.Ajayi,D.Min,JP
Synod Secretary-Very Revd. Olusola Ala, MA,JP
50TH ANNUAL & GOLDEN SYNOD HELD AT WESLEY CHURCH, IKOYI, LAGOS
The Diocese of Lagos, Methodist Church Nigeria held its Golden Jubilee Annual Synod from 1st March – 4th March, 2012. The 2012 Golden Jubilee Synod was concluded with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, 4th March, 2012 at the Wesley Church, Ikoyi which hosted the Synod.
The theme of the 2012 Synod and Conference Theme for the Year “BEHOLD I AM DOING A NEW THING – Isa. 43:19” is noted as being descriptive of the aspirations of Nigerians especially at this point in the history of our national journey & development.
Synod observed that ‘New things can be:
IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE-
Composed in 2011 by Sir A. A. Oyedipe of Opebi Methodist church Ikeja-Lagos to commemorate the 170th anniversary of Christianity in Nigeria and
50th anniversary of autonomy of Methodist Church Nigeria from the British Conference
1. It is time to celebrate
Christ, our Lord to elevate
All our lives and all we own
Unto God whose love has shown
May the Lord be magnified,
And His Church be sanctified.
Sixteen decades and ten years
He upheld us by His love.
2. Over vale and troubled seas
Light of gospel did not cease
For Birch Freeman sowed the seed
Which the Wesleys brood indeed
Not for nought their labour was
Gospel moved from coast to coast
South, North, East West, Nigeria
From the shores of Badagry!
3. We thus earned auto-no-my
In year Nine-teen-Sixty-Two
Yes, our Gold-en Jubilee
Which today we celebrate,
Thus we thrive as Methodists,
Preaching Christ o’er hill and vale,
Winning souls with hymns and prayer
To our glorious Lord for aye
4. Let us all unite and sing
To our maker, Lord and King
Lo, he’s do-ing a new thing
Gates of hell shall not prevail
Step by step new courses chart
Day by day new churches plant,
Worthy is the Lamb of god!
That now reigns forever more!
2013 Christmas Bible Study Outline-Advent
Methodist Church Nigeria
Diocese Of Lagos
Monthly Bible Study Outline (Sunday December, 15th 2013)
TOPIC: THE MESSAGES OF ADVENT Memory Verse: Matthew 1:23
The average Christian has heard the word "advent" at least a few times but may not understand the meaning. It comes from the Latin word ‘adventus’, meaning "coming" or "appearance" "Arrival" or "presence". Advent is the season marking the four Sundays before Christmas. It is a period to help prepare Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in His First Coming and also to help them look forward to His glorious Second Coming. However, the celebration of His birth most often drowns our somber reflection, expectation and preparation for His second coming.
MESSAGES OF THE FIRST ADVENT
The first advent is about the incarnation of Christ. His birth (first coming) brought so much privileges to humanity. All who appropriate the lessons of HIS first coming would benefit greatly therefrom.
ü The prophecies given before HIS birth teach us that the WORD of God never go unfulfilled - Isa 7:10-14; Isa 9:6-7; Micah 5:2). It may tarry, yet shall it come to pass. THE MESSAGE: Delay is not denial. God never fails. Habakkuk 2:3
ü God became man – Matt. 1:23. This is great humility that He should condescend to take on humanity. THE MESSAGE: Be humble. Matt. 23:12, James 4:6,10, 1 Peter 5:5-6
ü God came to be with man – Matt. 1:23. This is the height of love that He came to our world to be with us. THE MESSAGE: Love all as He loved. John 13:34-35, 15:12, Rom 13:8, Eph. 4:2, 1 John 3:18.
ü Christ was born not for Himself but for the sake of humanity Matt. 1:21 – This is sacrifice on His part. He came to put an end to the sin problem. THE MESSAGE: Is the sin problem solved in you? John 15:13, Rom 5:8-12, 6:12-14, 23, 2 Corin. 5:21, 1 John 3:8-9
MESSAGES OF THE SECOND ADVENT
The Second Advent is about Christ’s coming again to judge HIS people. All who refuse to appropriate the advantages of His first coming will be left with the only option – JUDGMENT.
ü God’s judgment on His people – Amos 5:1-24 THE MESSAGE: Sin brings Judgement
ü Sinful man in the presence of the Holy God. - Isaiah 6 THE MESSAGE: God purges sin
ü Parables of Judgment and responsibilities – Matt. 18:23-35, 25 THE MESSAGE: We are responsible for the judgment we shall eventually receive.
ü The sternness and blessedness of Christ’s coming again to sum up all things – Luke 13:22-30, 14:15-24. THE MESSAGE: No appeal after the judgment of Christ.
ü The Judgment that Christ brings in His Words and actions – John 3:16-20, 5:19-47, 9:1-41, 12:20-50, 16:7-11 THE MESSAGE: Judgment is certain.
1) Why do we forget the second advent during Advent?
2) Knowing that Advent is not only about Christmas, what should our attitude be at Advent season?
3) How can the messages of advent be thoroughly passed on to the church and the world?
He / She has the right to celebrate during this advent season who acknowledges and appropriates the birth (Christmas), death (atonement for sin) and second coming (to judge the world) of Christ. Do you have a right to celebrate this Advent?
BIBLE STUDY FOR APRIL 2012
Monthly Bible Study Outline (Sunday April, 15th, 2012)
STUDYING THE BIBLE (3)
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2Peter 1:13-21 M.V. 2 Tim. 3:16
The Bible is the Book written by revelation and inspiration. These two words largely characterize how God had the Bible written. Its life-saving content is probably responsible for its sale all around the world. It is the single book with the greatest sales in the world. About 40 Million copies are sold each year. It is read by people of all races and all classes. Revelation and inspiration are not the same thing. We hope to examine these two words in some details.
MEANING OF REVELATION AND INSPIRATION
‘Inspiration is the strong conscious inbreathing of God into men, qualifying them to give utterance to divine truth. It is God speaking through men’ William Evans
‘Inspiration means the supernatural control by God over the production of the Old and New Testaments’ Robert Lee.
‘Revelation refers to the content of what God had revealed. Inspiration refers to the transmission of what is made known through a method that keeps it from human error and mistake. This requires the overshadowing power of the Holy Spirit, Psalm 68:11, 2Tim. 3:16, 2Peter 2:21’ Phillip Iyanda Afolabi
SOME EXAMPLES OF REVELATION AND INSPIRATION
ü It was revelation when Moses wrote the first chapter of Genesis. Why? He was not there when God created Heaven and Earth
ü It was revelation when John wrote Revelation and when Daniel wrote portions of Daniel. Why? It was God who revealed events of thousands of years ahead of its manifestation to them.
ü It was inspiration when Moses gave personal eye-witness account of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan.
ü It was inspiration when the writers of the Gospel gave eye-witness account of the crucifixion of Christ and other details of His life on earth.
Discussion Question 1: How do you differentiate between inspiration and revelation?
Discussion Question 2: How much of the Bible is inspired and how long will the Bible be relevant? 2Tim. 3:16, Matt 5:18, 1Pet 1:23
THE DYNAMIC QUALITIES OF THE BIBLE
Being a dynamic revelation from God, the Bible has the following dynamic qualities:
ü The Word of God is powerful. Heb 4:12.
ü The Word of God is effectual. Isa. 55:10-11.
ü The Word of God cleanses. Psa 119:9, Eph. 5:26
ü The Word of God gives wisdom and understanding. Psa 19:7, 119:105,130, 2Tim. 3:15
ü The Word of God keeps from sin amd error. Psa. 119:11, 37:31, Prov. 6:23
ü The Word of God gives new life. Psa. 119:25, 1Pet. 1:23
ü The Word of God brings comfort and peace. Psa. 119:65, Rom 15:4
Discussion Question 3: Give practical examples of how the Word of God did any of the above in your life or others.
Discussion Question 4: How do you react to a man who receives certain revelation today and asks for its inclusion in the Bible?
Discussion Question 5: If God Himself had done the writing of the Bible directly, would it have been more accurate and authoritative than what they are today?
The authority of the Bible cannot be questioned. When we are gone, the Bible will remain. Before we are gone let us appropriate its huge inspirational and revelational resources to our advantage.
51st ANNUAL SYNOD HELD AT
OLORUNDA METHODIST CHURCH, AGUDA, SURULERE, LAGOS
A. SYNOD COMMUNIQUE
The Diocese of Lagos, Methodist Church Nigeria, held its Golden Jubilee plus-one Annual Synod from 28th February 2013 to 3rd March 2013. The 2013 Synod was concluded with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 3rd March 2013.
B. THEME OF SYNOD
The theme of the 2013 Synod and Conference Theme for this year is “What if the Lord had not been on our side” Psalm 124: 1.
2013 Synod observes that the theme was very apt for the time and season especially given the history of the emergence of Nigeria, the challenges of the Nigeria Project and the extant threats to the unity of Nigeria plus various other challenges to the Body of Christ.
Synod notes that:
a. The Lord God is always on our side, as an expression of His Unchanging Love.
b. The Lord God is the Landlord of human kind. Human kind has to be on the side of God’s Lordship, obeying all tenancy rules or regulations to be in God’s Favour.
c. There is only one valid side; and that is the Lord’s side. Humankind and indeed Nigeria have to reposition to the Lord’s side especially in view of eternity.
2013 Synod consequently unanimously agrees that humankind’s cooperation is mandatory to benefit, like King David, from being on the Lord’s side.
Synod therefore recommends as follows:
1. TO THE CHURCH
a. Synod notes that many go to church but are not on the Lord’s side; yet most complain about unanswered prayers, not experiencing miracles and not being regenerated or renewed in their lives.
b. Synod therefore implores all genuine Christians to take immediate steps to make sure that they are on the Lord’s side, in order to witness the Salvation of the Lord in all departments of our lives.
c. Synod points at the ongoing attacks targeted at innocent Nigerians, particularly Christians living in the Northern part of our country. Synod sees this as part of the machinations of Satan. Synod believes that while the Lord is saving us from these machinations, the Federal Government of Nigeria should heed the persistent calls from the Church and her organs to ensure that Fundamental Human Rights respected.
2. TO THE NATION
a. Synod notes, as Nigeria celebrates her centenary of existence as one nation, the peoples of Nigeria have, prior to 1914, had cultural and social interactions before the advent of the British in Nigeria. Synod however is cognizant of much turbulence that has plagued and is still plaguing the nation in different sectors. Synod acknowledges the Lord’s long suffering love that has kept this nation till now. Synod however urges our national leaders and the nation as a whole not to take this God for granted. In view of and to avoid this, all and sundry should emphasize all the things that unite us and deemphasize all fissiparous and centrifugal contentions.
b. Consequently, Synod sues for tolerance towards peaceful coexistence of the peoples of Nigeria no matter their creed, faith, religion or ethnicity.
c. Synod notes the increasing and disturbing revelations concerning fraud and graft. These sums are not only humongous but could be applied to the root of the cause of poverty in the land.
Synod urges that firmer and surer steps be taken to fight this criminal malaise by the implementation of extant laws and firming up of strategies to prevent looting of the national patrimony.
d. Synod notes that power is essential to industrialization, economic development and increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to have concomitant salutary effect on the welfare of the people. Synod equally notes the advertised steps being taken to address the failing power supply situation in the country. Synod equally notes that the advertised targets are not being met. Despite acknowledged government efforts, as well as some improvements in this regard, Synod sues for greater commitment to improving the power situation which is a near-cure-all panacea to our development and economic problems.
e. Synod urges the FGN to be transparent in national polices especially on issues of indiscipline and transparency in judicial matters.
f. Synod notes the enormous contributions of our outgoing Prelate, His Eminence Dr. S. Ola. Makinde, to both national and church issues in Nigeria. We pray God to be with him as he goes on retirement by October 2013. Synod prays for a smooth transition from one administration to another, in the Methodist Church Nigeria, to presage what we anticipate for the nation in 2015.
g. In conclusion, Synod is of the opinion that Nigeria will continue to be a great nation. Synod therefore urges all Christians and God fearing citizens of Nigeria to continue to pray for our nation and to continue to be on the Lord’s side.
Members of the Communiqué Committee:
Very Revd Olusola A Makindipe
The Revd ‘Bolanle Oyeledun
The Revd P. Ch. Onyekwere
Methodist Church Nigeria
Diocese Of Lagos
Monthly Bible Study Outline (Sunday January 19th, 2014)
THE SIN OF PRIDE
BIBLE PASSAGE: Daniel 4:30-37 M.V. Prov. 16:18
The word ‘pride’ is a noun and is defined by the Oxford Mini Reference Dictionary as feeling of pleasure or satisfaction about ones actions, qualities or possessions. Its adjective form ‘proud’ means to be full of it (pride). The Bible is clear on God’s feelings about pride; He detests it. James 4:16. The sin of pride is a sin the most people like God abhor. We all hate to see it manifested in others but it is a pity that we unlike God indulge in it knowingly or unknowingly. We are so quick to condemn it in others. This sin is so subtle that when it come into ones heart it is so difficult to recognize. Painfully, when it is pointed out to us or when we are corrected the spirit behind it makes it difficult for us to admit it talk less of repenting from it.
ATTRIBUTES OF PRIDE
Among the many attributes of Pride, we discuss a few.
1. SELF: This is the first and major attribute of pride, and brings along with it selfish motives and tendencies; Tit. 1:7-8, 2 Pt. 3:10.
2. INSUBORDINATION: Disobedience to laid down rules and regulations as well as constituted authority.
3. SELF ADULATION / PRAISE: Pride makes one to adulate more than necessary praise to oneself and place more than necessary praise on ones achievements. Dan 4: 30, Prov 16:18, 1Tim 3:6.
4. CONTENTION and STUBBORNNESS: Pride is evident when we continually argue over issues with no one willing to give in. Prov. 13:10
5. WICKEDNESS: Prov. 6:17
Discussion Question 1: What do you think is the cause of pride among Christians today?
Discussion Question 2: Why do you think people, especially Christians, find it difficult or fail to repent from sin of pride. Mal 3: 15, 1 John 2:16, Prov 16:19.
CONSEQUENCES OF THE SIN OF PRIDE
1. LEADS TO CAPTIVITY / BONDAGE : Jer. 13:17, Ps 10:2
2. DETHRONEMENT / LOSS OF INHERITANCE: Dan 4:30, 31, 37
3. BRINGS ABOUT A FALL: Hos 5:5, 2 Sam 22:28
4. LEADS TO DEATH: Prov 16: 25
Discussion Question 3: What, in your personal view, do you think Christians need to do to be free from the sin of pride? 1 John 2: 16-17,
Discussion Question 4: Give a practical experience or example of swallowing your pride and how you felt when your pride was ‘injured’?
Pride no matter how little destroys more than it elevates. Let us be wary of it. The pride that has eaten deep into the fabric of our family, social, spiritual and national lives is what is tearing us apart now and may destroy us if we are not repentant. Do you know that Lucifer used to be one of God's favorite?. It was pride that got him banished from heaven forever. Isaiah 14:12-19. Brothers and sisters let us take heed lest we fall through the sin of pride.