By JIDAUNA DARING
President, Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri has called on Christian faithful to always show genuine love to one another instead of showing fake love as believers of Christ while on earth.
Rev. Dr. Datiri made the call in a sermon as Guest Preacher at the COCIN Local Church Council (LCC,) Jenta Adamu Jos, during a Re-union Service and Freewill Offering, held at the Church Auditorium on Sunday.
The cleric who took his reading from Romans 12:9-21 spoke extensively on authentic Christianity, lamenting that there was so much hatred in the Church these days and urged Christians not to repay anyone evil for evil but cling to what was good.
He enumerated the characteristics of an authentic Christian to include; “genuine love, hatred for evil, desire for goodness, desire to serve, spirit of humility, difference in perspective, generous heart, and love for enemies” among others.
Datiri admonished Christians not to live a life full of pride and arrogance, saying that anyone who does that has not yet appreciated the love of God in life.
He stressed the need for Christians to remain committed to the work of God and should also be prayerful in life, so that they would not be snatched by the devil.
The cleric maintained that Christians would never please God if their Christianity was not an authentic one, saying that Christians need the spirit of grace in all they do at all times.
He advised “Christians to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayers, and bless those who persecute them”.
Rev. Dr. Datiri while speaking on church growth said “COCIN now has mission stations in 12 countries” and appealed to the entire COCIN members to be generous in supporting those new mission stations financially.
Earlier in his remarks, Chairman RCC Jos, Rev. Gyang Y. Bot who was represented by the RCC Secretary, Rev. Kingjames Dapar commended COCIN LCC Jenta Adamu for organizing the Re-union Service which he said was apt.
Leading Pastor of the Church, Rev. Habila Dachollom expressed happiness and thanked God for making the service a success, and also appreciated the COCIN President and all other invited guests for honouring the invitation.
The Secretary of the Church, Elder Dan Dasbak Fompun had while reading the history of the Church, said that it was imperative to note that COCIN LCC Jenta Adamu has experienced tremendous spiritual, numerical and structural growth since inception in 1983.
THE NIGERIA STANDARD reports that the church auditorium was filled to its capacity, adding that the service also featured songs ministration from Choir, COCIN Women Fellowship (CWF) and Church band.