Scripture Reading: Acts 9: 1-9

In those days, disciples and followers of Jesus were known and identified as people of “the Way,” being a thoroughly trained layer – (Acts 22:3). Saul obtained mandates (letters) from the High Priest to the synagogue in Damascus to arrest and prosecute those who belong to the Way. Saul, a Pharisee, was very zealous in matters of the law and Judaism. On his way to Damascus, Saul had an unusual encounter. A bright light shone around him, struck him down from his horse, and left him blind. This experience followed with a voice from heaven saying, “Why are you persecuting me?” Saul’s response was, “Who are you Lord?”

Today, being a Christian in some parts of the world is a serious crime that even attracts death penalty. That Christians are becoming an “endangered species” is not an under understate- ment. The Church must pray that the glorious light of the gospel would shine in those regions of the world. From our text today, we can say that the antidote to persecution is the glorious light of Christ. Let is shine!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Interrupt and intercept the agenda of persecutors of missionaries and Christians around the world today, with the light of your glorious gospel,Amen.

Scripture Reading: Acts 9: 1-9 (NKJV)

1 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.
8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Hearty congratulations to all members of Ikoyi Baptist Church who have been granted the grace to see the celebrations of 50 years of existence of the church from a humble beginning at Aunty Ayo School premises on May 28, 1967 to the great oak the Lord has made it in the heart of Ikoyi. Ours is indeed a God of small beginnings. This year has been declared by the Church as “My Year of Jubilee”. We wish IBC a more glorious 50 years of abundant fruitfulness ahead.

A significant event this quarter is the voluntary retirement of Reverend Dr Abayomi Lawal from his pastoral assignment at IBC after 25 good years of loyal service, with his amiable wife, Dorcas Oluwemimo. While this is not the forum to pour eulogies on this wonderful couple, as there are events planned by the church for that, suffice to say here that Pastor Lawal displayed his exemplary and participatory leadership by contributing to virtually every edition of this Bible Study Guide since inception. In recognition of this, a section of this Guide has been devoted to honour the couple.

It is important to remind all members of the Sunday School department that the current Sunday School year ends at the end of this quarter. The previous quarter had a four letter word central to the theme: L-O-V-E, the unfathomable love of God in thirteen of its uncountable perspectives.

In a similar manner, the theme of this quarter is another four letter word: C-A-L-L, the Call of God – God’s Urgent Call. This Bible Study Guide takes us through the lives of major Old Testament Judges and Prophets into the encounter with the Truth of some New Testament saints. In all these characters, a major trend is that when God called, they answered. Some prevaricated, but God wouldn’t just give up in pursuing them until they agreed. In Discipleship, we talk about “God-size Assignment”. Whenever God calls, it is usually for tasks beyond your human capability. To succeed, you will have to rely on Him for wisdom and strength. Throughout the quarter, readers will be led to know that there is no running away or beating about the bush when God calls them. Above all, the urgent and universal call to all Christians, with the imminent return of the Lord Jesus, is witnessing to win souls into God’s Kingdom. Do not let the Lord meet you fruitless

  • Dn. Wuyi Adekunle
  • Dns. Maria Oluwole,
  • Bro. Wole Awotula,
  • Rev. Ikechukwu Onyegbu
  • Segun Abimbola (Dn.)