The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church was in my part of Canada this weekend, and although my family does not attend Redeemed, we went to see him. My only regret is that I missed the earlier part, with the singing and dancing, but at least I got to hear Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s sermon in its entirety.
The message was simple, but it was timely and so relevant. He talked about the importance of faith, prayer and obedience in our Christian lives, and each of his major points were backed up with biblical (of course) and humourous examples. I appreciated the reminder that God does not like a lukewarm Christian: you should be either for Him or against Him. That definitely got me thinking about my tendency to straddle both worlds at times, going through some of the motions of a Christian, while also taking part in things (gossping?) that are definitely not commendable. I feel up to the challenge of improving this area of my life.
Some elements of the service took me straight back to Nigeria: the people calling out Amens and getting completely involved in the sermon, dancing to the music being played and sung. Worship is more obviously a full body, mind and soul experience in the churches I have been to in Nigeria and also at this event I attended, and I really love it. I have been looking for a new church for some time and I’d like to give the Redeemed church a try.
When Pastor Adeboye led the final prayer, he asked us to tell God exactly what we wanted Him to do in our lives, say our prayers and have faith. The room erupted as everyone began talking to God about their own desires and I did too. It felt great to tell God what I want, and admit that a part of me can’t imagine that it could happen, just like that. I think it was the powerful testimonies we heard earlier that reminded me that it can happen, with faith. Pastor Adeboye had also reminded us of the parable of the woman who was ill and wanted to touch Jesus’ cloak because she believed it would heal her. She did and was healed and Jesus told her it was her faith that had healed her. Imagine having that kind of faith!
I left feeling lighter. It was so great!