The joy in the house was palpable. Songs of praise rent the air. Undiluted worship took centre stage. Indeed, it was an icing on the cake for meeting of Christians on University of Lagos Campus for seven days.
Last Monday was saw the end of the fasting and prayer programme embarked upon by the Christian community under the auspices of Unilag Joint Christian Fellowship (UJCF) led by the president, Pastor Michael Liyansan.
An elated Liyansan noted during the benediction: “It has moved from #UNILAGPRAYS to #UNILAGPREVAILS. So, go and spread the message. The church in UNILAG is advancing. The gates of hell shall never prevail. “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. (Matt. 16:18).”
It is a sincere prayer that the church transcends beyond denominations. Moves forward leaving every iota of deceit and lies to attract members. The advancement of the church whose impact is undeniable, unquenchable and sharp to pierce every heart of men we crave.
A congregation where darkness cannot have a say, its way and prey is our desire. Indeed, the church is marching on.
However, could it be the church has been sleeping since? Does it mean the church has ever since lost its original focus? While speaking with two former UNILAG campus fellowship presidents last week, they confirmed it.
One categorically said to me: “Let us tell ourselves the truth. The church has caused a ‘nuisance’ on campus.” He was quick to add that the nuisance was due to the proliferation of church planting in guise of fellowships on campus.
Hmmmm!! Lord have Mercy… Michael Smith’s “The Heart of Worship” aptly comes to mind. We need to come back to the heart of the matter. The sole aim of the church. Enough of the empty ‘tonguing generation’ (Anticipate this piece soon ).
The apostles of old needed not to tongue day and night in the open for signs and wonders to take place.
Their tongues were never to be displayed in the public to show class, spirituality and panache.
Yet, when they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)
The seal, the promised Holy Spirit is available to guide and teach the Church. Can we remain yielded to him leaving bickering and envy? Gal 5: 26.