The Sermon was preached by the Rt. Revd. Dr. Humphrey B. Olumakaiye, the Bishop of Lagos Diocese.The preacher started the sermon by giving thanks to God Almighty. He appreciated the President of the Synod, the Rt. Revd. Dr. J. Akin Atere and Mama Awori, Mrs. FolusoAtere, for the good work that God is doing through them, he also appreciated the Chancellor of the Diocese Barrister (Mrs.)AbosedeOlabisi, the host of the Synod, he also prayed for the family of Late Barrister Oladipo A. Oshuntoye that the Lord will comfort and console them.
According to the preacher, after reading the text, Jeremiah 1:9-10, he said every Prophet derived his calling through the power of God, God raised prophets that will be faithful in discharging their duties towards men (Ezekiel 22:20). The preacher asked a rhetorical question “Where are the Prophets now, that will stand in gap to proclaim the light as our leaders are standing in darkness?”
He asserted that God raised prophets for His people. The calling of prophets is by divine choice and not by the will of man. They are expected to discharge their functions faithfully speaking to the people God, the will of God. The theme was very relevant to us today as God is still looking for prophet that would declare His counsel to our generation.
He mentioned that a part of prophecy is declaring what will happen. The Old Testament prophets received their messages directly from God and declared same to the people of God. 2 Samuel 12:1-12. Jesus was immediately recognized by the woman at the well in John 4:19. Moses, Israel’s greatest leader was also prophetic. God gave His words through these men of God to reveal God’s nature. Whereas, the devil will always try to mislead God’s people, God’s Prophets must be on ground to lead God’s people aright.
Where are the Prophets today? All believers can operate as prophets because in Christ we are all graced to walk in the prophetic (1Peter 2:9). The seed of God is in us to share God’s word with others. Christians need not run from pillar to post but seek God and declare God’s mind, in doing this, one will be prophesying. God is looking for prophets that would stand in the gap.
God is looking for prophets that would discern the mind of God for our nation, prophets that would set the altar on fire, which will shut the mouth of the devil operating in our society. Demons of selfishness, lies and greed must be silenced. Those who will make themselves available for God to reveal secret things to them. We must be filled with the word of God (Mark 2:8), and be steadfast in faith (Roman 4:17-21). He concluded by saying nothing shall separate us from the Lord and from doing His will in Jesus’ name. He thereafter prayed to conclude the sermon.
The Rt. Rev'd Dr. Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye
Bishop, Diocese of Lagos