Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 February 2013

Nigeria: Bishop Wants Christians to Emulate Christ

Bishop Anselm Umoren, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Arch-Diocese of Abuja, penultimate Saturday urged Christians to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ.

Umoren said this at the dedication ceremony of the Church of Assumption, Asokoro and his first anniversary as a bishop in Abuja.

He said the word Church is used to refer to people called by God from all parts of the world but in recent times it has been used to refer to the building where Christians worship God.

The bishop said the people are the church and not just the building as they are the temple of the Holy Spirit. He admonished people to copy the attributes of Christ, who is the head of the church.

"We are more of the church than the building. The church is actually you and I for we are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

"We are the church, and therefore we move around with church, we move around ourselves with God. We must learn to live as people whom God dwells within, reflecting the life of Christ to those who come in contact with us," he said.

Umorem said it is the task of all Christians to preach the gospel of Christ to the end of the world by living a life of sacrifice and charity.

"It is our duty and responsibility to take the good news of the gospel to the people of our time.

"It is a joyful mission that we live in an ordinary way, especially by the practices of charity, going out of our way to make life better for others. To practice the love for God and others, the goal of our faith," he said.

He called on those present to use the opportunity of the ceremony to re-dedicate their hearts to God and to begin a new life in Christ. In his comments, Amb. Maurice Ekpang, the church council chairman said the reason some organisations in Nigeria and other developing countries fail is they refuse to obey God's commandments.

He stressed the need to love one another in every community saying that it is the only way for people to remain together in unity.

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