Scripture Reading: Acts 10: 1-8

There are several lessons to learn from Cornelius, the Roman centurion, who lived in Caesarea – which is located along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and 32 miles North of Joppa:

  1. He was Godly, deeply reverent and involved his entire household in his worship
  2. He gave generously to charity. His resources did not own him. And He was a man of prayer.

Though we are not told how Cornelius learnt about God, he however put to practice the ‘little’ truth he knew. He was not a Jew but a Roman occupation force officer. Yet, the Jews, who hated their Roman lords, had wonderful testimonies about him.

How comforting to know that our credentials are not what qualifies us to access God. Rather our sincerity in seeking God. The thief on the cross at the right side of Jesus entered into Paradise because he repented and turned to the Lord. God sent an angel to Cornelius who told him what he needed to do for him to receive salvation which is by grace. When last did you hear God speak to you? How devoted are you in seeking God?

PRAYER: Father, may I find great delight in meeting regularly with You, I ask in Jesus name. Amen

Scripture Reading: Acts 10: 1-8 (NKJV)

1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,
2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.
3About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”
4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.
5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter.
6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.”
7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually.
8 So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.

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.)