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Abraham the Father of Faith (Gen 12-17) – Challenge To Christians in Nigeria (Published)

Citation: Emmanuel U. Dim (2022) Abraham the Father of Faith (Gen 12-17) – Challenge To Christians in Nigeria, Global Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol.10, No.1, pp.54-63

In Abraham, Israel’s first Patriarch, God begins a new development in his plan of the creation and salvation of the world by specially choosing the people of Israel (Gen 12-50), after the general account of the creation and development of mankind from the beginning of the book of Genesis (Gen 1-11). Abraham stands out in his relationship with God and is thus, for those who believe in God and who acknowledge His self-revelation in the OT, the father of faith. Many Christians in Nigeria today suffer from the crisis of faith which often breeds lukewarmness and syncretism in their actual practice of it – and even outright rejection of the same faith in neo-paganism.  The others who try to remain steadfast, are naturally distracted by the negative activities of these other brothers and sisters with whom they are supposed to be professing the same faith.  This paper presents the steadfast legacy in the faith of Abraham, the proto-type of Jesus in the OT, as an enlivening challenge to all Christians, especially here in Nigeria.  Abraham’s steadfast faith in God, in all the circumstances of his life, challenges the Nigerian Christians of today, as they face all sorts of difficulties in the practice of their faith.  It also challenges the institutionalized Churches towards the provision of a sustained catechetical growth for all their members for a more active and vibrant Christian life in our dear country that is today menaced with many religious, social, economic and political problems.  To arrive at its goal, this paper employs the exegetico-analytical method of enquiry.  In the final analysis, apart from the pertinence of all the points raised in it, this work has the added importance of taking us to the very fertile roots of our faith in God in the person and life of Abraham, thereby helping to engender stronger conviction in the believing audience that would read it.

Keywords: Abraham, Christians, Faith, Nigeria, father

Agapate Allēlous . . . (John 13:34-35) Evaluation of Living Out Agapate among Christians in Anambra State (Published)

This work studies how Christians in Anambra state obeys the injunction “love one another.” Anambra state is majorly a Christian state.  Love one another, as I have loved you, is an injunction given by Jesus to his followers (disciples/Christians). The love he means here is sacrificial: selfless love. It is this sacrificial love that will prove to the world that his disciples are authentically his followers. This injunction or commandment to love is part of the farewell discourses of Jesus; this is to show how important it is to his heart. This was the guiding principle of the early Christians, but today the greatest problem is that there are dissensions among Christians. These include political, economic, social and even religious dissensions.The commandment of Jesus seems to have been jettisoned or relegated to the background. This work aims to investigate the genuineness of Christians (disciples) with the injunction of Christ who said: “By this, all men will know that you are my disciples”(v.35) and proffer solutions on how to be genuine Christians. To achieve this, data were collected from primary and secondary sources. To analyze the data so collected the researcher employed the Historical-Critical Method of Exegesis since a biblical text is involved. Through interviews and participant observations, the researcher discovers that there are dissensions among Christians in Anambra state which includes political, social and religious quarrels thereby casting doubts on the authenticity of their Christianity. This implies that the present-day followers of Christ no longer embrace the above divine injunction. The study made the following recommendations among others: Ministers should intensify catechesis to bring their followers back to the basis. Christians are advised to settle their domestic, social, and political disputes among themselves instead of court settlement knowing that they are brothers and sisters in Christ. Significantly, this work will be of immense benefit to all Christians in Anambra State in particular and Christians everywhere in general.

Keywords: Agapate, Allēlous, Christianity, Christians

Spiritual Transformation: A Focus on Strategic Approach to Discipleship (Published)

The purpose of the study was to determine whether discipleship strategies used in the teaching ministry of the church enhance spiritual transformation. The descriptive survey design which used the cross-sectional approach to data collection was used for the study. A sample of 945 participants was selected using systematic random sampling and questionnaires were consequently distributed to the 945 members. Overall, 538 questionnaires were returned and analyzed to provide useful information. The SSPS was used to analyze the data and t– tests performed for independent variables. The study findings revealed that majority (70.1%) of the Redeemed Gospel Church members have been discipled using discipleship strategies believed to enhance spiritual transformation. Based on the findings, the study concluded that mentoring relationship program, teacher role modelling Christlikeness, formal discipleship curriculum and small group fellowship enhances the spiritual transformation of Church members. Significant differences in spiritual transformation between members who had gone through discipleship strategies (displayed greater spiritual transformation), and those who had not, existed. 

Keywords: Christians, Church, Discipleship, Ministry, Spiritual Transformation

Religious Conflicts In Nigeria And Their Impacts On Social Life (Published)

Our thinking, feeling and relation with other people impact our belief system.  in some societies religious conflicts are not more common but there are some countries where these religious conflicts are that much powerful that they even effect the lives of the people in the society. It is also common practice that usually these type of conflicts arises in the developing and under-developing counties. Developing countries have some other issues to fight on.  As far as Nigeria is concerned, this is the country where this conflict is more powerful than any other concept. This paper is about the religious conflicts of the people in Nigeria and its impact on their social lives

Keywords: Christians, Muslims, Religion., Sharia Law, Social Life