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Messages of Hope as Christians Mark First Sunday

Messages of hope and better things to come dominated the sermons in some of the churches visited in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital during the first Sunday service this year.

Congregants, who were dressed in beautiful and colourful attires, danced and rejoiced in appreciation to God for witnessing the first Sunday in the New Year.

At the World Outreach Revival Centre, Adegbayi, New Ife Road, Ibadan, minister in charge of the church, Dr. Peter Akanji, said Nigerians must obey God to continue to enjoy his blessing to the maximum this year.

Dr. Akanji, who believed that prayer was one of his commandments, gave assurance that with prayers, perseverance and right decision, the country would get to her haven of rest.

Some of the members appreciated God for the privilege of being alive.

At the Foursquare Gospel Church, Bodija, Ibadan, Senior Pastor, Reverend Williams Akinlade admonished Christians on total dependence on God.

Reverend Emmanuel Olubiyi of Assemblies Church, Apata, Ibadan, advised Christians to go the extra mile for the sake of the gospel in 2020.

Reading from 1 Corinthians 9:23, the cleric explained that going the extra mile in the service to God, forgiveness and generosity would bring many goodies in the year.

At the Union Baptist Church, Salvation Army, Oke Padre, Ibadan, Reverend Jonathan Babalola pointed out that the only way to repay God for his goodness was through thanksgiving.

On his part, President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, called on all stakeholders to support the government on the closure of Nigeria’s border to enhance the nation’s economy and security.

 Reverend Jonathan Babalola of Union Baptist Church, Salvation Army, Oke Padre Ibadan stated this at the first Sunday thanksgiving service.

The cleric stressed that the only way to repay God of his goodness is through thanksgiving, which invariably opens opportunity for further blessings from the Almighty.

The event witnessed sundry rendition from the church choir.

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