MONZE: On his way to the Minister’s Symposium in Livingstone on 24th August the Synod Bishop of the United Church of Zambia, the Right Rev Mutale Mulumbwa made a stopover in Monze to worship with the members of St John’s Congregation. The Bishop was welcomed by the Minister – in – Charge Rev Elias Sinkala, the Office bearers, elders and Mr Bornface Mafwela (the Synod Projects Secretary) who over the weekend had been visiting his family.
In his homily which was taken from 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21, the Synod Bishop encouraged the members to live by what they professed. He warned that double-standard life Christianity was long gone. Only those who were truly in Christ will truly be new creatures. Believers should always check their motives, and there was need to be under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
He reiterated that most members are not under the influence of the Holy Spirit instead they were influenced by other external powers. “Most of the church goers are characters” he said. He mentioned that suffering was sometimes necessary for good character building. Good character development was a must for every Christian. God was more interested in what we really are than what we do. He further added that each one of us needed someone to speak into our lives. Our newness in Christ should never be ignored nor taken for granted; we should have a plan for our character development. With commitment to character development we are assured of surviving in any situation and circumstance.