IF JESUS HAD NOT RISEN FROM THE DEAD

REV O. T. BENSON CHARGES THE CHURCH ON THE VICTORIES THE CHURCH HAS IN THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST TO MARK EASTER SUNDAY

Rev. O. T. Benson revealed the victories the Church has in Christ’s Resurrection in a brief charge before leading the Congregation to a session of prayers. The Bible reading was taken from the book of Psalms 124: 1-8 and Mathew 28: 1-6. The minister noted at the beginning of the sermon that if Jesus did not die for us, we would still be in the dark. He went further to list the benefits of the Resurrection of Jesus:

  • It is the gateway to our victory: if Jesus had not been risen from the dead we would have no victory.
  • It is the gateway for our achievements: Christ’s Resurrection brought success to Christians.
  • His resurrection is the gateway to our dominion: it gives the believer the assurance that they are in-charge. We subdue and dominate because of the Resurrection of Christ.

DIRECT QUOTES BY REV O. T. BENSON

  • “Victory is found in the Resurrection of Christ”
  • “His death did not only bring impact on our souls, he died a holistic death.”
  • “The Resurrection of Christ covers all aspects of our lives, and not just the spiritual.”

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SERVICE

  • Thanksgiving by Ewet Youth Development Association
  • Thanksgiving by Dcns. Monsunsola Idongesit Nkanga, the family of Late Elder (Otuekong) Idongesit Nkanga and Prayer Link Squad led by Mrs. Emem Umoh.
  • Water Point Donation by QIC Ewet Offot for Ewet Offot Community

AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE CHURCH COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, ELDER ENOBONG E. ATAT, AT THE THANKSGIVING SERVICE OF EWET YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION HELD AT QUA IBOE CHURCH, EWET OFFOT, 112 NWANIBA ROAD, UYO ON SUNDAY, 4TH APRIL, 2021.

AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE CHURCH COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, ELDER ENOBONG E. ATAT, AT THE THANKSGIVING SERVICE OF EWET YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION HELD AT QUA IBOE CHURCH, EWET OFFOT, 112 NWANIBA ROAD, UYO ON SUNDAY, 4TH APRIL, 2021.

The President, The Executive Committee and Members of Ewet Youth Development Association

Calvary greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!

On behalf of the Resident Minister, The Exco, The Church Committee and entire members of the congregation, I welcome you to the Church this morning: The Church of your great grand fathers established in 1909.

We are happy for the giant strides this Association has made over the years in providing a conducive environment for the Church to exist and operate.

We recall the support the Association gave when storms arose to swallow this Church. You mobilized all the resources in your arsenal and the enemy flee. Today we have one indivisible Church, Qua Iboe Church, Ewet Offot which has metamorphosed to a Township Superintendency Headquarters.

Our relationship is not a one-off affair but a mutual relationship that makes us consult from time to time for the benefit of both parties.

As a responsive partner we have always responded to your requests within the limits of available resources.

Apart from the financial assistance this Church has given over the years, we have engaged a number of your sons and daughters in paid employment in the School.

Last time you requested for some scholarship for your children. In consultation with the School Board headed by Elder David Etukudo we have approved a full Tuition free scholarship for one girl and one boy for six years in the school with effect from the next School year (i.e. 2021/2022 school year).

This morning we have, in the spirit of the season of love, commissioned 4 water points to provide water to the immediate community of the Church. We shall do more.

We however request for more support from you. In this era of security challenges we look up to you for support; on the facilities we have provided, we urge you to ensure that they are safeguarded.

Once again I extend the greetings of the Easter Season to the Exco and members of your Association.

Thank you!

AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE CHURCH COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, ELDER ENOBONG E. ATAT, AT THE 12TH CONGREGATIONAL FORUM OF QUA IBOE CHURCH, EWET OFFOT, 112 NWANIBA ROAD, UYO HELD ON SUNDAY, 28TH MARCH, 2021.

Protocol,

It is with gratitude to God that I stand here on behalf of the Executive and members of this Church Committee to address you at this occasion of the 12th Congregational Forum of our Church, the Centre of Praise and Miracle.

Today’s occasion is significant because it is the first in the life of this administration which came to office in January, 2020. Let me extend to you felicitations of a happy Easter in advance, a period which always reminds us of the sacrifice our Lord Jesus paid to redeem man from eternal damnation and gives us hope for life eternal.

I thank the Almighty God for his faithfulness over the affairs of the Church despite the festering challenges facing the Church and humanity.  You will recall with nostalgia that soon after we assumed office in January 2020, COVID-19 pandemic reared its ugly head with attendant restrictions and lockdown. Churches, for months, were under lock and key and the economic lifeline of many members suffered. When we were about heaving a sigh of relief, End-SARS protest took its toll coupled with the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic which is still a major challenge facing us today.

In all these, we are grateful to God that the doors of the Church have not remained closed. To God be the Glory.

I must place on record my special appreciation to the General Superintendent and Chairman of Conference, Revd./Dcns. Ekpedeme Moffat Effanga for his fatherly support to the Church. Our Superintendent and Resident Minister, Rev./Dcns. O. T. Benson deserves a special mention for providing the spiritual direction and guidance throughout the turbulent times.

I am deeply grateful to members of the Church Committee, Fellowships, Associations, the Choir Groups, Departments, Committees, Units and the entire congregation for the spiritual and moral support to my administration in the past one year. Surely your labour of love will not be in vain.

Sadly, within the year, the Church lost prominent Elders and members of the Church; members whose support and contributions will ever remain indeliblein our minds. May their souls remain in peace till we meet to part no more.

In my inaugural speech on 5th January, 2020, we promised to uphold the principles of truth, love, transparency and holiness.

We promised to speak and depend on truth for “His Word is Truth” and truth shall set us free; John 8:32. Guided by the Holy Spirit, Our 10-point Agenda focused on:

  • Evangelism/Revival – to win more souls for Christ.
  • Prayers – to make our Church “a house of prayers, praise and miracles”. (Mark 11:17).
  • Fellowships/Associations – to strengthen and support Fellowships and Associations as groups where God will identify talents for His services.
  • Sunday School/Children’s Ministry – to bring children to the knowledge of God.
  • Choir Groups/Evening of Hymns – to harness the powers of praise and worship to draw men, women and children to experience miracles in their lives.
  • Combined Service – to use the service as a means of strengthening the 6 sister Churches.
  • Committees – to work with various Committees, both ad-hoc and statutory for the physical and spiritual development of the Church.
  • Church Investment – to explore other investment options and expand learning opportunities for our children like in the establishment of asecondary school.
  • National Conference – to meet our obligations to the National office in payment of tithes, national assessment levies, etc.
  • Project Envelopes/Inputs/Congregational Forum – On assumption of office, we had suspended the use of the Project Envelopes as we needed time to identify the Project for the year. The ban was later lifted after we had identified and initiated action on the project for the year.

Today’s Congregational Forum is  a  fulfillment of the promise we made to adopt a bottom-up approach in  gathering  inputs for policy direction from the congregation that elected us on Sunday, 22nd December, 2019.

OUR SCORECARD:

This administration is aware of the expectations of this great congregation. We cannot say we have arrived as much still remains to be done. However within the one year of this administration we have recorded these modest achievements:

  • Increase in Church Registration/Membership:

From an average membership of 647 in 2019, we registered a total of 934 members in 2020. The registration and renewal of membership exercise was a huge success and it culminated in the production of the 2020 Church Register. The 2021 exercise is ongoing.

  • Strengthening of Weak Associations:

The performance of Associations like Nka Emem, Nka Edidemere, Nka Unwana at the 2020 Harvest Thanksgiving service was a testimony to the foresight of this administration in injecting fresh minds and hands to build the erstwhile weak Associations. We pray for God’s mercies and blessings to the new and old members of the various Associations.

  • Participation in Seminars , Conferences and National Church Events:

Members and officers of this Church attended various workshops, seminars and the 133rd National Conference, in addition to ones hosted by the church.

  • Support to the National Office and Superintendency:

By your support and prayers, the Church was able to meet her obligations in the payment of tithes, mission funds, National Assessment, etc. The Churchalso rendered significant financial support to the sister Churches in the Superintendency.

  • Successful Organization of Major Church Events:

Despite COVID-19 pandemic and the End-SARS protests with attendant economic challenges, this administration was able to organize the following events:

  • Harvest ThanksgivingService – with the theme “Fruitful Harvest Despite the Season” Psalm 107:37-38. Indeed God used the innovations of the Chairman and members of the 2020 Planning Committee to bless the church.
  • 24-Hours Harvest of Praise with the theme “Nothing Can Stop the Praise”.
  • The Project Thanksgiving for the Purchase of a 100KVA Generator.

Apart from the physical and financial gains these events brought to the Church, they affirmed that with God nothing is impossible. When it appeared that we were all cast down, there was a lifting up (Job 22:29).

  • Capacity Building and Provision of Basic Tools for the Security Men:

In addition to the 2-day In-Service Training for the securitymen, basic tools, equipment and kits have been provided to boost the morale of the securitymen.

  • Raising of Church Fence behind the Baptistery and Provision of Security Wires:

Following an attempt to burgle the Resident Pastor’s Manse, this administration approved the raising of the fence behind the Baptistery and installed security wires at highly vulnerable points within the premises.

  • Provision of Photographs of Past Church Committee Chairmen:

As a way of documenting the history of past Chairmen, this administration has been able to dig into the archives and provide framed pictures of past Chairmen of this Church from 1988 till date.

  • Provision of 2000-Litre Gee-Pee Water Tank to Uyo Prison (Correctional Centre):

Through the instrumentality of the Prison Ministry of the Church, this administration was able to provide a 2000-litre Gee-Pee Tank to the female ward of Uyo Prison.

  • Renovation of  Church Secretariat, Church Roof and Installation of Ceilings:

Phase I of the on-going renovation exercise by this administration has seen to the face-lift given to the Secretariat, Church roof and ceilings which were blown off by a severe windstorm during the lockdown.

  • Payment of Inherited Liabilities:

This administration inherited unpaid staff leave grant for 2019 as well as Contributory Pension Arrears of July to December, 2019. These have been cleared; the details running into several thousands of Naira. As at today, salaries of staff running into more than Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) monthly are paid regularly in addition to meeting statutory financial demands of the church.

2021 PROJECTS:

This administration has shown prudence in the management of funds. The innovation of using the Maintenance Committee for checks and balances in the accounting system has reduced the running cost significantly of some units and departments. More still needs to be done.

I must commend the Finance Department, the Exco for keeping track of all income and expenditure by this administration. With the presentation and approval of the 2020 Annual Account from 1st January to 31st December, 2020 and its approval by the Church Committee, this administration intends to draw up a budget for the following projects for year 2021:

  • Roll over of 2020 Project Fund Launch for the purchase of a Generator.
  • Commencement of Work for the Building of the Business House behind UBA, Udo Ikpe Street, Uyo.
  • Support to the School Board for the Secondary School Project.

These are gigantic projects. This administration believes that Rome was not built in one day and that the journey of a milestone begins with a step. We shall pursue these projects painstakingly but without compromising the spiritual life and welfare support to members and host community as part of our corporate social responsibility.

The different Units, Departments and groups will still be supported for better performance.

CHALLENGES IN THE CHURCH:

  • Poor attitude to registration in Fellowships and Associations.
  • Poor attendance of members at Bible Study, Fellowship and Association meetings.
  • Rising welfare and employment needs of members against the backdrop of dwindling financial resources; and lack of employment opportunities.
  • Obsolete equipment in Media and Music Departments.
  • Poor state of Infrastructure in the sister Churches.
  • Refusal of members to serve in Committees.
  • Non-compliance of Fellowships and Associations to Treasury Single Account as directed by the National Conference.

CONCLUSION:

2021 is our year of Exceeding Progress. The challenges may be enormous but with faith in God, we willconsolidate on the gains made so far and exceed our expectations.

I must thank all of us for the support we have enjoyed so far. We look forward to more support from you in the years ahead.

Thank you!

THE LORD NEEDS YOU

ELDER UBONG DAVID GOSPELIZED ON THE TOPIC “THE LORD NEEDS YOU” DURING THE LAST SUNDAY SERVICE IN THE MONTH OF MARCH

Elder Ubong David started the exposition by giving a timely wake-up call that God needs us. The Bible reading was taken from the book of Luke 19: 28-34. He elucidated the meaning of the items used during the Triumphant Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as follows:

  • The palms symbolize the final victory over death.
  • The donkey Symbolizes peace because Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace.

He further stated the reasons God needs us:

  • He needs men and women who will stand in gap for Him as a catalyst
  • He needs men and women whose prayers invoke His presence.

He summarized his message by telling the congregation to remember that a day is coming when we will stand before God and give account of our lives on earth.

Direct quotes by Elder Ubong David

  • “No matter what ties you now, the Lord is in need of you.”
  • “The Earth belongs to man”
  • “God needs man to fulfil His plans and purposes on Earth”
  • “Before God created or planned this world, He first planned you.”

Highlights of the Service

  • Sermon Presented by Elder Ubong David titled “The Lord Needs You”
  • Song Ministration by the Mass Choir
  • Session of Prayers led by Elder Ubong David.
  • 12th Congregational Forum
  • Celebration/Prayer Session for March Birthday Celebrants

Characteristics of Praise that Attracts Miracles.

The Sermon as presented by Rev. O. T. Benson on the topic “Characteristics of Praise that Attracts Miracles” on the 21st of March, 2021.

The Superintendent Rev O. T Benson charged the congregation to always praise God despite the situation thus stating that praising God brings miracles. The minister explained praise as an expression of respect, admiration and gratitude as an act of worship to God especially in songs. He also advised the church to apply praise in all aspects of life because even when there are no victorious signs while praying, we see God work miracles in our lives when we praise Him.

Furthermore, the cleric noted that it is not every praise that attract miracles. He therefore pointed out the qualities of praise that attract miracles, blessings and deliverance from God to be:

  • Praise that come from a sanctified heart
  • Praise that comes from a believing heart
  • Praise that is biblical based

He rounded off his sermon by narrating the story of the Israelites which God fought for them ( ), he then led the church into a session of praise and worship.

Direct quotes by Rev. O. T. Benson

“When you sing of the mercies of the lord, praise comes from you.”

“The church should learn to praise God because miracles happen in the place of praise.”

“Praises shake the kingdom.”

“Praises attracts God’s miracles, blessings and deliverance.”

Highlights of the Service

  • Sermon by Rev. O. T. Benson on the topic “Characteristics of Praise that attracts Miracles”
  • Dedication of Newly Robed Choristers
  • Grand Finale of Praise Service Organized by Choir Forum
  • I Love Qua Iboe Church

Media Unit, QIC Ewet Offot

21st March, 2021

God’s Willingness to Give an Evidence

The Sermon as Presented By Mr. Iman Munam On Sunday, 14th March, 2021 on the Topic “God’s Willingness to Give an Evidence”

          The Minister in the person of Mr. Iman Munam urged the congregation that Jehovah is a God of evidences; by proving Himself at all times. The cleric thereby stated that faith is the evidenced of things not seen; likewise, we serve a God of evidence who shows Himself to His children and hear them whenever they call on His name.

          During the course of the services, the minister being filled with the spirit went ahead to sight references concerning how God gives evidences. Thus, it is worthy to note that God answers prayers with evidences as can be seen in the book Matthew 6:6. Moreover, in the boo of Acts 16:33, Barnabas saw an evidence of God’s faithfulness in the church as directed by Paul.

          Another important point to note is in the book of Luke 7:9-21, in which there was an evidence to identify John the Baptist from each other.  More so, there was an evidence to mark Jesus as the son of God through His miracles and wondrous works.

          However, the bible reading was taken from the book of Luke 5:12-15 and it was pointed out that:

  1. The leper had a problem like everyone else
  2. He prayed to God
  3. He had doubts. When people doubt God, they underestimate the power of God
  4. Jesus cleared the leper’s doubt by telling him that “He is willing” to make him whole again.

The cleric concluded the sermon by encouraging the church to always believe in God despite the situation in order to have an evidence from God.

Direct Quotes by Mr. Iman Munam

  •  “It doesn’t matter what people tell you, all that matters is Jesus”
  •  “The Holy Spirit is telling you that “He is willing”
  •  “Faith in God produces good and long-lasting fruits”
  •  “There is an evidence to the fact that there is Jesus
  •  “God’s evidences are never hidden in a man’s life”
  •  “When God is set to bless a man, there is always an evidence”

Highlights of the Service

  • Song by the Main Choir, Youth Fellowship Choir, and Women Fellowship Choir.
  • Sermon by Mr. Iman Munam on the topic “God’s Willingness to give an Evidence”
  • 3rd Anniversary/Fund Raising for QIC, Ikot Edung
  • I Love my Pastor
  • Prophetic Declarations by Rev. O. T. Benson

Media Unit, QIC Ewet Offot

14th March, 2021

Steps to Freedom

Rev. Ubokobong Friday Charges the Church on Her Role on Steps to Freedom During the First Sunday Service (2nd Service) in the Month of March

The cleric began by enlightening the Church about what freedom entails as it has to do with not being under bondage. He went further to admonish the congregation that it is God’s will for Christians to live a free life. The minister therefore stated that being under sickness, bondage, family/generational problems, constant cries is not freedom. Therefore, steps to freedom are:

  1. Accept and acknowledge Jesus into your life as your Lord and Saviour (John 8:35): When a person accepts Jesus as his personal Lord and Saviour, that power of sin and stagnation is bound to be broken. Therefore, when you accept Jesus; you are free indeed. When you are in Jesus, there is imputed righteousness in you.
  2. Cry out in the place of prayer: If you need to be free, the you need to say something.
  3. Sing praise and worship to God (Acts 16:25): When a believer sings and praises God wholeheartedly, he/she is bound to be bound.

Direct quotes by Rev. Ubokobong Friday

  1. “When no one is willing to help you, you are not free”.
  2. “When no one is willing to help you, Jesus is willing to help”.
  3. “Accept Jesus and be free”.
  4. “The only thing you need is to tell Jesus to come into your life”.

Media Unit, QIC Ewet Offot

07/03/2021

Highlights of the Service

  • Song Ministration by Main Choir, and Youth Fellowship Choir
  • Sermon by Rev. Ubokobong Friday on the topic “Steps to Freedom”
  • Prophetic Declarations/Deliverance by Rev. Ubokobong Friday
  • Prayers/Supplications
  • Financial Support for Samuel Bill Theological College

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Restoration

Rev. Ubokobong Friday Charges the Church on Her Role in Restoration During the First Sunday Service (1st Service) in the Month of March, 2021

Rev. Ubokobong Friday charged the Church on restoration. The Lecturer in Samuel Bill Theological College began the sermon by giving definitions of Restoration by looking at it in three aspects. He stated that Restoration is an act of returning something to a former owner, place or condition. He further noted that there are reasons why God is interested in restoring his people.

The reasons as stated by the Cleric are:

  1. To rebuild the wasted & ruined cities (Amos 4:9)
  2. God restores to keep His covenant (Genesis 15:13-14)
  3. God restores His children so that they will sing His praise and worship
  4. him (Exodus 5:1
  5. We are restored to restore others (Luke 22:32)

Furthermore, the Cleric being pointed out the things God has promised to restore to His people:

  1. The joy of our salvation (Psalm 51:12)
  2. Double fold of our fortunes (Job 42:10)
  3. All the products of the fields (2Kings 8:6)
  4. Health (Jeremiah 30:17)
  5. Life (John 10:37-39)
  6. All that the devil has stolen from us (1 Samuel 30:18)

The Minister thereafter charged the congregation with the steps for their restoration to be actualized. He noted that the first thing to do is Repentance (2 chronicles 7:14), followed by Fellowship (John 21:15) and Prayers (Genesis 27:39-40). The man of God rounded off the message with prophetic declarations.

Direct Quotes by Rev. Ubokobong Friday

  • “You are restored to restore others”
  • “Whatever you lost, the Lord is bringing it back”
  • The devil cannot use what belongs to you; he can only take it for a while”
  • “Everything that was kept somewhere must be returned back to you today”
  • “God can never appear late; He is always on time”
  • “Jesus is bringing you back to life”
  • “Anybody that stands in the way of your restoration must be taken away”
  • “Because you are called an outcast, your restoration is now”
  • “Your fighters shall become your friend”

Highlights of the Service

  • Song Ministration by Main Choir, Youth Fellowship Choir, and Junior Choir.
  • Sermon by Rev. Ubokobong Friday on the topic “Restoration”
  • Inauguration of Educational/Training Committee
  • Prophetic Declarations/Deliverance
  • Prayers/Supplications
  • Financial Support for Samuel Bill Theological College

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Treading the Ancient Path of Respect and Humility (Part 1)

REV. O. T. BENSON CHARGES CHRISTIANS TO TREAD THE ANCIENT PATH OF RESPECT AND HUMILITY DURING THE LAST SUNDAY SERVICE OF THE MONTH

The Minister noted at the beginning of the sermon that the topic “Treading the ancient path of respect and humility” was a historical one because it points to the good things of old. He further explained that respect is an expression of high regard to a particular thing or situation. Humility on the other hand simply means freedom from pride or arrogance. The Bible reading was taken from 2 Kings 1:13.

Furthermore, the Cleric advised members of the congregation to always respect other people in the society at all times, especially those who are older than them. He also urged them to lead a good life in everything they do,and live in respect and humility without being proud or arrogant. He concluded the sermon by encouraging the members of the church not to emulate Ahaziah’s bad character, but rather live as children of God always.

DIRECT QUOTES FROM REV. O. T. BENSON
 Never use the position you possess to suppress others
 Show humility and respect in every situation you find yourself

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SERVICE

  1. Song by the Mass Choir
  2. Praise and worship
  3. General Thanksgiving
  4. I Love My Superintendency
  5. Dedication of Little Master Abasiudiong Asian Willie
  6. Recognition of February Birthday Celebrants
  7. Sermon by Rev. O. T. Benson on the topic “Treading the Ancient Path of Respect and Humility”.

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RESTORING THE LOST GLORY

 

ELDER PROF. ETETE PETERS REKINDLES HOPE IN HIS SERMON DURING THE FIRST QUARTER COMMUNION

Elder Etete Peters gave a timely message to Christians to stay hopeful tagged “Restoring the Lost Glory”. The Bible Reading was taken from Haggai 2:1-9, while verse 9 was the verse of emphasis.

The man of God commenced his sermon by giving a background to discouraging situations. He declared, just as the Israelites in the Bible text felt discouraged, it is not unusual for humans to face discouragements. He highlighted his assertion with the current realities of the world, and the storms our country is going through. However, the Elder charged Christians to stay strong, being hopeful that very soon the storms will be over and the glory of the Lord will be made manifest in their lives.

The preacher for the day went further to reference scriptures that will inspire hope and encourage Christians to keep the faith (Isaiah 41:10, 1 Chronicles 28:20).  He made known that in order for the past glory to be restored, the Congregation should tread on the Ancient Path, which is leaving our old ways and walking in the way of the New Covenant so that our past glories might be restored.

The Elder concluded the sermon by reassuring Christians that the Ancient Path brings the glory of God, and the glory covers all aspects of our lives.

Direct Quotes by Elder Prof. Etete Peters

“In the place of discouragement, there’s always an encouraging situation”

“No matter the situation, it will never last forever”

“God is more than able to deliver us from all afflictions”

“His glory covers all aspects of our lives”

Highlights of the Service

  • Song Ministrations by Main Choir, Men Fellowship Choir, and Youth Fellowship Choir
  • Sermon by Elder Prof. Etete Peters titled “Restoring the Lost Glory”
  • The Presence of the General Superintendent, Rev & Dcns Ekpedeme Efanga
  • Communion Session Conducted by Rev. Ekpedeme Efanga
  • Financial Support for the National Youth Fellowship and QIC Ifa Ikot Idang
  • Prophetic Declarations by Rev. Ekpedeme Efanga