Nigeria: Christian Youths Tasked on Studying the Bible

Longtong Ibrahim

Jos (Nigeria) – President, Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) Rev. (Dr) Dachollom Datiri, has asked Christian youths in Nigeria to always strive towards attaining a great future by studying the Bible.

This he said will make them standout and distinct in the society.

Rev. Datiri was addressing the youth over the weekend, at the 2015 COCIN Youth Fellowship Zone B Annual National Convention in Bokkos, Plateau State – North central Nigeria.

Rev. Datiri challenged them to be strong and steadfast by studying the Bible which would make them overcome the evils bedeviling the current generation; adding that, they should do away with distractions like the internet, handset and social media which were capable of taking away their useful time.

He prayed for the youths and also urged them to be true Disciples of Christ by learning to walk in his steps, noting that, “As you grow like Jesus, you will see yourselves as critical and valuable stakeholders as regards to missions and evangelism of the church. I trust that all the young people of the church will embrace the discipleship thrust of the church and also, be more committed in prayer and support our quest for revival” he said.

The Guest Speaker, Rev. John Sagai in his teaching urged the youths to aim high in life by making use of their God given talents to impact humanities while they are alive in order to fulfill the will of God. He said, “The way you see yourself is the way you would move or grow whether to grow and fly like a chicken or like an eagle,” adding that one cannot fulfill his destiny in life except he sees himself the way God sees him.

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He also tasked them to be imitators of Christ and make themselves available for His use at their age.

Rev. Sagai also urged them to grow spiritually in order to withstand temptation, resist immorality, handle rejection and overcome the kingdom of darkness emphasizing that, it take spiritual strength to be able to overcome all this just as Christ overcame them and became blessing to others. “God can flow through you only if you are mature and grow like Jesus, even at a young age,” he added.

The National Youth Coordinator Rev. Alexander Maisaini in a remark encouraged the youths to remain firm in their faith despite challenges of the times and be more prayerful; adding that as the backbone of the church, they should not relent in actualizing the vision and mission of the church.

Quoting from the Bible in Ecclesiastes 12:1, the Youth Coordinator said, “Youthfulness is an important aspect in someone’s life. It is equally the stage that enables one to serve God and the community with his or her highest level of commitment. Such stage is highly important and recognized by God, which is why God’s word is calling our attention to make use of our youthfulness in serving him and humanity with all sense of responsibility.

The convention witnessed a mass turnout of youths from over 30 Regional Church Councils (RCC) of COCIN and featured varieties of programs which include teaching, songs ministrations, talk shows, seminars, Bible study, quiz and sport among others.

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