All is set to hold the 7th Bearers of Light International Ministers’ Conference. The conference has “Distincting the nature of Christ as God and as Man” as its main theme, with reference to Philippians 2:7-8, 2 Corinthians 5:19, and John 14:7-9. It holds between Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September, 2023 between 9 am and 2 pm each day.
The conference holds at the mission’s conference hall, BOL Knowledge Centre, 7, Mojeed Sanni Street, College Bus Stop, Igando, Lagos.
Speaking on the theme of the conference, the convener and the president of Bearers of Light Mission Outreach, Dr. Sam Oyemade, said the Concept of the conference theme would be centred on the nature of Christ as God and as Man.
He explained, “We know Jesus Christ was both man and God; fully like man by conception and birth (flesh and blood). At the same time, He is God incarnate in the fullness of glory, power and grace; even while on earth (and till eternity).
“The theological concept that describes the union of Christ’s divine and human natures is known as the “Hypostatic Union”. It emphasizes that Jesus Christ is one person with two distinct natures—the divine nature and the human nature—united in perfect harmony and without confusion. This union is a mystery that transcends human understanding. The hypostatic union is a central tenet of Christianity and indeed, the Christian doctrine of salvation depends on the belief that Christ had to become fully human to share his full divinity with humanity.
It was also expressed that Jesus, “lived on earth, the combined nature of divinity and humanity was in His life. It was with these natures that He lived and executed His assignment of rescuing man from the clutches of sin and death.
“As a result, some of His life was lived as man and while at another time as the creator Himself.”
Other explanations given on the dual nature of Jesus Christ was that “Jesus Christ though lived as man on earth at a point in time, yet He was never in the class of man neither is any man in His class. He is our God, and man should never class himself in any way with Jesus, despite in His humility referring to us as brethren, friends, partakers of the glory of God (2Peter 1:4). Not minding our adoption as children of God and being joint-heirs with Christ, Jesus is our creator (John 1:1-4, Colossians 1:13-20).
“As ministers and servants of the Lord, it should be important for us to know how to navigate in these natures while carrying out our assignments; identifying things that are exclusive to Christ, those He shared with us, and the ones categorically allocated to us. It is believed this understanding will help us to maintain, and concentrate on our assigned duties and curtail the pressure on our lives in conducting ministry.”
To draw home their points, some relevant examples of the nature of Jesus were given. “For example, Jesus walked on water (in which He made Peter do the same, yet it was not assigned to man to do so), Matthew 14:27-31. In John 9:1-3, Jesus carried out the work of God on a man born defective of eyes (even without the socket) –
He acted as God. On an occasion (in John 11) when a particular family friend called Lazarus died of sickness known to Him from on set, Jesus displayed both the human and divine natures at the same time; He wept and raised him from death (acting as the resurrection and the life; ref v25-26).
“There are several instances when He displaced the complete nature of man to help us understand the grace available to endure the things of this world (Luke 22:41-44, 2:51) and other times He simply showed the exclusive dominant power of God. We should not attempt to cross the line by arrogating such power to ourselves, but look directly unto Him and leave Christ to manifest Himself as the Almighty creator of the earth, and human existence.”
These and other issues are expected to be thoroughly discussed at the BOL International Ministers Conference.
“This specialized International Ministers Conference (IMC) has the mandate of God to bring leaders of the Kingdom of God together for a collective study of the scripture, understanding the programming of the Lord, discuss them and guide in the application of the lessons in life and ministry, thereby making ministry refreshing and rewarding for the servants of God.”
It is believed that Christians and most especially church leaders have a lot to learn from these natures of Christ, noting that “When Jesus Christ’s position is properly understood and accentuated, ministry and church assembly will be better approached; responsibility and authority respectfully shared to prevent heresies and unnecessary aggrandisement as displayed by many ministers, who end up diminishing Christ in the heart of believers, thereby disconnecting them from the fountain of life Himself –Jesus Christ.”
Using this scenario, the host minister quickly warned, “Remember, every man’s work will be tried (1 Corinthians 3:10-15, 2 Timothy 2:20-21), it is our prayer that this conference will help to refocus our ministry for utmost results in Jesus Christ’s name.”
Expected to lead discussions are highly knowledgeable and experienced men and women of God like Bishop Abraham Olaleye, of The Pentecostal Congregation, Ilupeju, Lagos; Dr. Femi Aribisala, Author of several impactful Christian Books, Dr. Emiko Amotsuka, the President, Koinonia Ministries, Ibadan, Pastor Olukayode Oyedepo , Pastor, The Miners Place , Lagos, and Pastor Olaide Odusote , The Senior Pastor of Integrity Worship Centre, Shagamu, Ogun State.
In the words of the organisers, “The 7th BOL International Ministers Conference promises to be an extraordinary session where the truth of scripture will be expounded within the community of Bible scholars and experienced teachers of the word of God to edify the Body of Christ all over the world.”
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