A KEYNOTE ADDRESS PRESENTED BY HIS LORDSHIP, RT. REV. HON. ABASIAKAN OTONG, THE PRESIDING BISHOP OF CHRIST FAITH CHURCH INC., DURING 2021 EASTER CONVENTION WITH THE THEME “THE APPEASING BLOOD” FROM THURSDAY 1ST – SUNDAY 4TH APRIL, 2021 AT THE GENERAL HEADQUARTERS, CHRIST FAITH CHURCH INC., UTU IKOT NKOR, ETIM EKPO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, AKWA IBOM STATE.
All protocols observed.
Presenting a keynote address on this occasion that ushers in the greatest history of the world is enormous. But permit me to start by appreciating the God Almighty for His benevolences to mankind, interpreted by His love, mercy and grace by the gift of His son for the restoration of human race. This gift provides to us the hope and assurance of good living even in the troubled world full with uncertainty through the devilish influence on the world leadership, politics and religious crisis. In all of the above, His steadfastness and faithfulness still keeps us and provides immeasurably to His loved ones through His son.
Permit me at this point to appreciate the leadership and members of our beloved church family for their tireless show of love to God their great provider and His son, the saviour of their souls and the Holy Spirit the director of the believer’s camp. The above is manifested in your support and involvement in every good plan for the growth of our Church physically, spiritually and financially, even with the collapsed economy. The officers at all categories are worth recognition and respect. Therefore, I stand onbehalf of the National Executive Council and the Board of Trustee to appreciate your countless effort in sustaining the church by His grace. The just concluded “30-days walk with Jesus” programme was a huge success because you were diligence to the service of God. May He reward all your endeavours and give grace for eternal life at the close of age.
Brethren, 2020 needs to be historic but not worth to be repeated. The year started with the face of every other new year gone by, but the unfolded events within it were such that had non-existed. The entire surface of the earth with all sophisticated ideas, technologies, and expert in all the sphere of life suffer a great defeat as we had a lesson to learn and know that “the Highest reigns in the affairs of man”. ‘Hallelujah, we have the decision-maker as our God’. This uncommon ugly event gave our church a fair share of its heat. For the first time in about 60years of our existence, 2020 was the only year that Easter Convention was not possible, even during Nigeria’s civil war in 1967 – 1970, the church’s Easter Conventions were not affected. The year came with all the disasters, confusion, and hardship, killed in millions across the globe, but to us, life was not lost in our family. This is the beauty of our God. ‘He is a Sure Foundation’. Therefore, within our spirit, this year’s convention is ‘A Survival Thanksgiving” period to His graciousness. It is therefore with a very humble spirit to our ‘King of kings’, ‘Lion of the tribe of Judah’ and ‘the Bishop of our souls’ that I welcome all the members, friends, and all the sons and daughters of the Highest God to 2021 Easter Convention with the theme “The Appeasing Blood”. May this convention bring you to stand on the blood of the Lamb for restoration and salvation towards a sin-free life.
WHAT IS EASTER ALL ABOUT?
Easter is a biblical provision that narrates the conclusion of the manifestation of God’s love toward the sinful human race through the gift of His sinless son to the world to die as an atonement for the sins of the world (John 3:16-20). In Christ Faith Church, this period of Easter is always a moment of coming together with a broken heart for the sinful world and with a thankful heart for the work of redemption through the BLOOD OF JESUS. It calls for a total sober reflection and showing of remorse of the penalty of sin on the human race. It affords us an opportunity to remind ourselves of the spiritual implication of sins and the hope in Christ’s death as a ransom, propitiation, substitution, and reconciliation place. We learn Christ and practice to forgive one another as He taught us by His action. It is an event accepting by almost all Christians. It is always a moment of showing practical love to God by accepting the ‘prize paid on the cross of Calvary, the greatest gifts and the willingness to take the love to men across the globe”. It is a moment of hope and comfort, an event that takes the sinful man through the cleansing and forgiveness by the blood of Jesus to stand on the “same page” with the righteous God once again.
“What can wash away our sins?” nothing but the blood of Jesus”. That’s a song of restoration.
I pray for your spiritual understanding of this great opportunity given as a period for your life-changing. Enjoy the wounded body and the flowing blood.