WHY JESUS CHRIST CAMEJanuary 4, 2013
The Sunday Service kicked off with a sermon by Wise Man John Chi who spoke on “Why Jesus Christ Came”.
He said that man was created in the image of God; he is a stakeholder in His master plan. God created man to resemble Him in everything He stands for and be like Him in all respects. This is because He wanted His energy to be poured out through man and He wanted His wisdom to be demonstrated in man; to feel and see what He feels and sees.
Referring to Luke 19:10, Wise Man John Chi said Jesus Christ came to restore the relationship between God and man because there is no reality outside of Him (John 14:6) and no one can reach God except through Him. While paying the price of the situation, Christ was sent to re-establish the wholeness and completeness of the relationship. Quoting Isaiah 9:6, he said Jesus is God’s Son whose birth had been prophesied by Isaiah and that He symbolizes three major developments: 1. He is a glorious light to dispel darkness in our life. 2. A glorious increase and complete joy and 3. A glorious liberty and enlargement with good reason. Through Him, all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Wise Man John Chi said that Christmas is a time to give, show love, and it is a period for sober reflection. The Gospel is meant to dispel the yoke of sin, and the right knowledge of God settles peace. He added that we need to forgive because we also need to be forgiven. Forgiveness means that God looks at us as if we have never sinned. Referring to Matthew 5:44, he said we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Christianity, he added, is not a religion but relationship. God loves strangers, widows, orphans and the needy. Love was born at Christmas. Love is patient, good and humble and we should be known by our love; we should act love, follow in the light of love and let love lead, he concluded.
At the prayer line, people received their healing and deliverance. Following was a period of testimonies:
- OMASAN MABIAKU: SAVED FROM GUNSHOTS THROUGH ANOINTING WATER
The Delta State born Nigerian had faced diverse challenges. He had experienced terrible nightmares such as seeing dead people while driving in his dreams. In the midst of his trouble, he was encouraged by watching Emmanuel TV. He was privileged to receive a bottle of the Anointing Water from a friend. Then, he prayed and ministered it every day before going out. During a trip to Sapele, Delta State, as he was driving along the road, he heard gunshots from the bush. He felt the impact of the bullets that kept hitting his vehicle which made his vehicle run off the road. He showed the photographs of the bullet holes in his vehicle to the congregation. He discovered that the bullets only hit the outside of the vehicle and he was not wounded.
His second testimony was that he wanted to buy a truck which cost in the range of 8 million naira, but did not have that much money. His friend, whom he had not seen for the past 18 years, called him and in their discussion had informed him that he had a truck that he wanted to sell for 2.4 million naira. He bought the truck from his friend in the amount of 2.4 million naira. He advised people to have faith in God, and that people should remember to give out the Anointing Water to assist others.
- MR AND MRS ANTHONY: DELIVERED FROM 4 YEARS BARRENNESS THROUGH ANOINTING WATER
A couple from Ghana had come to The SCOAN in 2011 while struggling to have a child of their own. They had visited diverse hospitals and taken drugs which did not work. The wife was even asked to undergo an operation. They were mocked by people for being barren but they had hope as they kept watching Emmanuel TV. Privileged to have the Anointing Water, they had prayed and sprayed it and she later became pregnant. Her photograph was shown in church when she was 5 months pregnant. Her child was named Emmanuela. The couple advised that people should keep being focused on God because whatever He says about one’s life shall come to pass.
- ELIZABETH: DELIVERED FROM JOBLESSNESS THROUGH ANOINTING WATER
The 59 year old South African was jobless for almost 10 years and was terribly depressed and hopeless. The certified nurse with vast experience had asked severally, “Why me?” She had decided to come to The SCOAN where she received a bottle of the Anointing Water. She used it prayerfully, and to the glory of God, secured a permanent job with a good salary. She was full of gratitude to God for His assistance. She advised that people should believe in Jesus Christ who is the Giver of every good thing.
- JULIUS OTOBO: RECEIVED BREAKTHROUGH IN YAM FARMING THROUGH ANOINTNIG WATER
A farmer from Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria had suffered business losses and hopelessness due to rotten yams and poor crop yield on his farm for 6 years. He rushed to The SCOAN in seek of a solution and got hold of the Anointing Water which he prayerfully sprayed in Jesus’ name on his yam seedlings. After harvesting his most recent crop, the yams were significantly larger than before and not one of the yams spoiled; all came out well. Having a bountiful 256 lines of yam, he is now a man of means, for which he remains grateful to God. He advised that people should depend on God alone in all issues of life.
- PAGUI NJAMIN: HEALED OF HEPATITIS B THROUGH ANOINTING WATER
This young Ghanaian, a teacher by profession had Hepatitis and his doctors had confirmed that the type of Hepatitis B he had was the most dangerous, as it was highly contagious. He was told not to allow people to eat part of his food or wear his clothes; he suffered alienation because of this problem. He was therefore instructed not to move close to people because if he touched them, they would be at risk of getting the sickness. He had to be careful not to let his body fluids come in contact with other people. The problem made him to feel isolated because he could not move freely with his family or in his working place. He also could not eat spicy food. His parents were concerned because his liver had expanded to larger than normal and it always made him tired. His father who was always watching Emmanuel TV, had advised him to come to The SCOAN. He agreed and upon arriving at the church, he was privileged to receive the Anointing Water which changed the history of his life forever. Today, the Hepatitis B is completely gone and he can eat spicy food. He held in his hands the medical reports stating his condition before and after his healing. These medical reports are clear proof that he no longer has Hepatitis B. He called the Anointing Water the “atomic bomb to evil spirits”. He advised that since no condition is permanent and there is nothing God cannot do, people should acquire the Anointing Water because there is the power of God in it.
- CHARLES MUWAN DAGARA: DELIVERED FROM EXCESSIVE DRUNKENESS THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER
The 34 year old Zimbabwean, living in South Africa had suffered from severe addiction to alcohol. He had also come from a family of demons and idols. In his family home and community, people used to brew native beer which was widely consumed. He became addicted and often drank into a stupor. His mother once told him that she breastfed him for only a few months and that the grandmother later weaned him on the local beer. As he grew up, he became an alcoholic and drank an average of 96 bottles of beer a day. He was popular for this notoriety as he suffered the addiction for 33 years of his life. He lost two marriages and would drive recklessly after drinking at the speed of 200km per hour. He could even go for three days without food. A woman had introduced him to Emmanuel TV and he saw a lot of people being delivered from serious addictions like his. A woman friend gave him a bottle of the Anointing Water which he used prayerfully. It had been over one year that he stopped drinking. He said he used to think beer was sweet but now, he hates it. After seeing what God has done in his life, 10 of his friends also stopped drinking. Today, he is happily married and has a good business. He advised that whatever one may have done, Jesus will accept one back, and people must learn to trust in God on every issue of life. He also apologized to all those he had demonstrated violence to in the past when he was drunk.
- JUSTINA ARUWA: DELIVERED FROM HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHEST PAIN THROUGH PRAYER LINE AND ANOINTING WATER
The Kogi State born Nigerian said she was once sleeping when she was attacked in her dream, she was shot! Since then, she had high blood pressure and chest pain. She also had a swollen face and legs and was always feeling dizzy. All the drugs prescribed for her by doctors failed to be effective. She also had a large heart. She watched Emmanuel TV and saw the experiences of many who were delivered. When she came to The SCOAN, she was arranged on the prayer line. She also ministered the Anointing Water, and today, she is free from high blood pressure and her heart is now normal. She showed her medical report from India confirming that she no longer has the high blood pressure or the chest pain. She said that though the bottle of Anointing Water may be small, it contains mighty power and people should have it in their homes.
- ONYI IYECHI EGBUNA: DELIVERED FROM BEDWETTING THROUGH ANOINTING WATER
She explained that she had been bedwetting since she was 10 years old which caused a lot of stress for her parents. Even in secondary school, the problem continued, and the embarrassment prevented her from visiting people. When she married, the problem persisted and her husband found it repulsive and distressing. She even used her children to hide her bedwetting blaming them for the wet bed. Due to the problem, she became scared of sleeping at night. When she told her friends that she bedwet, one of them advised her to visit The SCOAN. When she came to The SCOAN, she was privileged to receive the Anointing Water. She then prayed and ministered it, believing that Christ would put an end to her trouble. Since September 2011, she has not been bedwetting. She advised people that should they have any kind of problem, they should run to Jesus and they will find solutions to their dilemmas.
- MR AND MRS BOATENG: DELIVERED FROM BLEEDING AND BARRENNESS
The couple from Ghana had suffered barrenness for four years; the wife had particularly experienced painful bleeding and irregular menstruation for 12 years. She would use 5-6 packs of pads a day. At the prayer line, she was being prayed for by Wise Man Daniel and was delivered. In a dream, she went to the office of Prophet T.B. Joshua who told her that her problem was over. She also used to see Wise Man Daniel in her dreams who re-assured her whenever she had any problems. She would watch Emmanuel TV in which troubled souls were delivered and she felt her case should not be an exception. She was told by medical doctors that she could never have a child. It was after coming to The SCOAN that something came out of her after prayer. The week she experienced labour, she went to the hospital but because of her belief in the God of T.B. Joshua, she refused to be operated on. She is today, very free, in Jesus’ name. In her advice, she said people should trust in God and He who did it for them will do it for every person. Their child is named Samuelle.
Following the testimonies was the laying of hands on the overflowing crowd by the wise men and also mass prayer.
THE SCOAN CANDLELIGHT SERVICE 2012
The service was marked with excitement and festivity. The massive crowd that attended was unprecedented in the history of the church including visitors from the four corners of the globe; it was really a scene to behold.
Everyone was in high spirits to “catch the fire”, and they danced to the rhythm of the songs by the church choir. No seat in the church or overflow congregation was empty and even the street that stretches from the main entrance of the church premises to the extreme end was filled to capacity. Nobody wore somber looks and it was a joyous occasion which enlivened the souls of all that took part.
The service featured a popular Nigerian musician, Tee Mac, whose solo performance was applauded. The SCOAN drama presented a prophetic message from Prophet T.B. Joshua for the year, 2013 called An Appeal To The Leaders.
Four Anointing Water testimonies were given. They include that of Honorable Ken who was delivered from the hands of kidnappers, Chika Okpala (a popular Nigerian actor/comedian) whose brother’s wife was saved from the hands of kidnappers, Dr Joseph Ayodele who was healed of mental disorder and Mr Thomas Batt from the USA but living in Germany who was healed inability to walk due to partial paralysis and a herniated disc.
Prophet T.B. Joshua received wide applause when he entered the auditorium. He thanked the wise men who ministered prayer and deliverance. He also thanked the congregation for their prayers, particularly when he was on the mountain to commune with the Holy Spirit. He had gone there with the new Anointing Stickers and prayed over them. He assured that what is written on the stickers shall be fulfilled, in Jesus’ name. The new Anointing Stickers were distributed to the congregation by Prophet T.B. Joshua and the wise men.
Prior to ringing in the new year, candles were distributed to the congregation and Prophet T.B. Joshua using his own candle, lit the candles that were stationed in and outside the church. The congregation proceeded to light their candles from the ones lit by the prophet himself. During the mass prayer, Prophet T.B. Joshua declared the year 2013 to be the year of a new dream, a new prosperity, a new fulfillment and a new breakthrough. At the closing of the service, the grace was given for all the congregation to climb the altar and pray for the coming year.
Happy New Year 2013!