By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). At the end of Bishop Chris Ngwu’s visit to Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l last December to grace the Church’s first anniversary celebrations, he promised to return because of the spirited enlightenment and edification members of the Church exhibited in regards to the word of God.
On Sunday, Feb. 12, he fulfilled that promise when he arrived from Cameroon to deliver a homily of assurance in the power of the word, heaping praises on the effective manner in which the Bible is taught at the Church. Bishop Ngwu particularly focused on the way the Bible is taught because teaching, he says, defines the essence of being. A church that is well taught fortifies the lives of its members in the Lord, thereby, establishing its foundation as built on solid rock.
Bishop Ngwu affirmed the importance of churches as strong ramparts of God in the lives of nations. He stated, “No nation without a church in it is better than a nation with a church in it. Even if the church doesn’t know it, it doesn’t matter. 2017 will be the best year ever.” He confirmed that the Almighty God created the universe, so the earth belongs to Him. “You lose nothing by believing that God is. The sooner you believe that God is, the better. Not only that but also, He is a great rewarder,” he emphasized.
He cited Mark 7 as a very important chapter in the Bible because it accentuates Jesus as the Messiah and the Pharisees as hypocrites. But, how could the Pharisees refuse to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah when sick people were healed merely by touching his cloth?
“Mark 7 is a sequence of things that happened over time. It starts from Mark 6 with the miracle of bread. It tells of the Ministry of Jesus. He healed the sick and delivered the oppressed. He healed all who were oppressed by the devil.,” said Bishop Ngwu. “The Pharisees were the priests, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and leaders; they forged the way people thought.”
When the Pharisees accused Jesus’s disciples of not washing their hands before eating, therefore, they had broken the law, Jesus cited a litany of things the Pharisees taught that antagonized God’s word, so Christ called them hypocrites and told them, “It is not what goes into a man that defiles him but what comes out of him. Out of the heart, evil is planned.”
According to Bishop Ngwu, “Some have the impression that God will change because of their prayers. . . . But God is omnipotent, omniscient, ever present. He doesn’t change. You have to renew your mind. When you renew your mind, you would discover more of God in you. The more you change, the more of God you will have in you.”
He pointed out that fasting and fervently praying are emblematic of the changes one experiences in one’s life, from the old to the new. “When you stop praying and fasting, you are hurting yourself. Believe that God is honest and sincere. When you relate to God, you think like God and behave like Him,” said Bishop Ngwu, who narrated an anecdote about blessing a previously barren woman to start having children, and it happened to prove that he is a living testament to what he preaches.
Bishop Ngwu pointed out to the congregation that they should thank God, because Amazing Love Church is a good church, where the Bible is taught with rigor and accuracy. “Whoever teaches you, forges your life. He or she gives you the definition of life. Don’t joke with words spoken because words can make and unmake you,” said Bishop Ngwu, citing Hebrews 1:3.
In order not to be led astray by teachers, Bishop Ngwu told the congregation to pay attention to the word of God. “You have to know God for yourself. Don’t allow anyone to validate God for you. Walk into a christianity that is active, honest, sincere, and righteous. Show that God is real in your life. Come out of backboneless, visionless Christianity, where when we encounter the least trouble, we forget and start doubting who God is,” said the apostle of God.
He ended his homily with a prophesy that 2017 will be a different year. 2017 will be a year of discovery and celebration. There will be celebration of marriage, celebration of career, celebration of profession, celebration of education, and celebration of life and success in the name of Jesus,” stated Bishop Ngwu in an anaphora.
Before Bishop Ngwu arrived to deliver his homily, Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi dedicated some babies, consecrating their lives into the hands of the Almighty God. He also prophesized into the lives of some congregation members, letting them know that God has heard their prayers, so they shouldn’t worry and leave everything in his hands.
Brother Elton Kamwa delivered the message on the prayer line this morning. On Tuesday, the message will be delivered by Sister Michelle Tchatat, and Wednesday will be the turn of Brother Derick Mimba while Brother Cedric Kamwa will have his turn on Thursday. Deaconess Sandrine Tankeu will round out the English version on Friday, and Elder Joseph Ngatchou will deliver the message in French on Saturday. Senior Pastor Ntemi moderated this morning.
On Wednesday evening, Bishop Ngwu will preside over a special Bible Study session, starting at 7 p.m.