Bro. Emmanuel Esedo
The President, Men Fellowship
Fellowship comes from the Greek word, KOINONIA, which means “to share in common”. Fellowship is more than attending Church — it is “assimilating” into the body of believers, becoming “one” in worshipping, loving, caring and sharing. 1 John 1:7 says: But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin”. According to the scripture, fellowship is not an optional matter for us men and believers at large. It says, “if walk in the light [in fellowship with God]… this causes us to have fellowship with one another.” And from the outcome of this fellowship, “the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
The Body Needs Proper Blood Circulation
What does fellowship with the brethren have to do with cleansing us from sin? As we know, the Bible says “the life is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). This is a fact, both biologically and spiritually. The blood in your body is a cleansing agent which purges the toxins and bacteria in our system, and supplies oxygen to vital areas necessary for our survival. Each minute, your heart pumps and circulates blood through miles of inter-connected veins and arteries, passing through the kidneys for filtering, and back into the same circulating cycle. However, in the event that a part of your body were to be severed from the flow of blood, the absence of blood circulation would cause that part to become infected — it would develop gangrene and would die.
The Men fellowship as a fellowship within a larger fellowship
Survival is not possible without continual circulation of the blood. So it is within the body of Christ, the Church (1 Cor. 12:27). As we have many organs in the body which must work in synergy with each other to effect a continuous sustenance of the life of the body so is the men fellowship in a larger church. There is no gainsaying that a church with a dysfunctional men fellowship is a dead church because God cannot effect his works in such an environment. How can a family function well with its head? For the blood of Jesus Christ to have its continual cleansing effect over our sins, we must remain attached to Christ’s body by ensuring fellowship with one another. If we sever fellowship, we risk cutting off the circulation of the cleansing blood! For instance, the scriptures indicate that our worship to God is unacceptable unless we make things right with our brethren. “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, “leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matt. 5:23-24).
Fellowship is the Practice of Loving the Brethren
Not only does the Bible say that “fellowship” is the evidence of walking in the light (1 John 1:7), but it also says that “loving the brethren” is evidence of that walk. “He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him” (1 John 2:10). This shows that there is a strong, inseparable relationship between “fellowship” and “loving the brethren.” Consequently, it appears that fellowship is intended to be the practice of loving the brethren, which helps keep us in a right relationship with Christ so that His shed blood can continue its full cleansing effect! Many passages of the Bible confirm that “love toward the brethren” is proof of our salvation. “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren…” (1 John 3:14). In essence, we need brethren to have a right relationship with God. We are able to see our relationship with God from the reflection of our relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. “…for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (1 John 4:20). Fellowship with the brethren is an exercise of love bringing us toward spiritual maturity. Your relationship with the brethren is the thermometer that measures your spiritual temperature. Your degree of love toward the brethren is the gauge that shows our love for God. “…If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us” (1 John 4:12). Fellowship with the body of Christ is where love is tested and proven. It is the opportunity to learn how to love one another — it is God’s great classroom of the development of Christian character. We are benefited by both, the strengths and weaknesses of the fellowship. The mature ones help to strengthen and encourage us, while the weaknesses in the less mature give us the opportunity to practice — to test our spiritual growth in such characteristics as patience, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, etc. (All spiritual virtues must be challenged and tested to bring forth progress.)
At some time you may meet a few rude, offensive, immature believers in the body. They need someone like you to show them love and patience (so they’ll grow up), and you need them in order to practice and develop your love for the brethren. When you can remain loving and steadfast, even if brothers say negative things about you, let you down, or do offensive things, your love is being perfected — you’re growing up as a Christian and becoming more like Christ!
Rejecting Fellowship Leads away from God How much love do you have for your brethren? The Bible says that we’re supposed to be ready to lay down our life for our brothers. But do you suppose you would really lay down your life for them if you’re not willing to even come together with them a few times a week for worship? “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). Jesus expressed that we must be committed to the love of the brethren in the same way that He was. He stated that this love toward the brethren was the necessary evidence to prove our authenticity as Christians to the world. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). It is essential for every man that is a believer to be an active part of a men fellowship. Willful rejection of fellowship is evidence of not walking in the light. All through the New Testament, Jesus shows us that He takes personally, how we relate to His body.
The End-Time Woman
Bride Assembly Church strongly believes in recognizing and supporting the contribution of women in the ministry.
The Women of Zion Fellowship is to connect women to Christ and ministry service, so that we can grow in faith, knowledge and love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 1pet.4:10
Organize regular/periodic meetings which are:
– Monthly meetings to praise, worship, pray, share experiences, encourage one
another and study to know our God and His perfect will for us,
– Quarterly prayer programs are, singles forum, annual love feast program, annual retreat otherwise known as “Women Fellowship Camp Program” among it many other activities.
Look into other areas of human existence to enable us live successful and victorious Christian lives such as:
Health and sustainable health related matters.
Economic empowerment through teachings and practical skill acquisition trainings. The home; to provide resources, advice and encouragement to enable women live peaceable and successful lives as wives and mothers. Titus 2:4-5.
Affect the lives of others through charity, assisting members financially and visiting of charitable organizations such as motherless babies’ homes, old people’s home and physically challenged peoples home to make donations. Provide advice and encouragement to women of all ages, single or married in their desire to grow in the faith. Promote the vision and mission of The Bride Assembly Church amongst women. The Lord will help us achieve all of these in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen!
Sis. Clara Alu
Women Co-Ordinator Sister Clara Alu is the coordinator of the women of Zion fellowship of the Bride Assembly Lagos Church and also the wife of the Overseer of the church. They are blessed with beautiful children. She embraced the end-time message through her husband in the year 1990. Prior to this period she had given her life to Christ so it was easy for her to join her husband in the prison ministry – West African Prison Outreach (WAPO), evangelizing across various prisons in Nigeria. Over the years she attended Four (4) other end-time message churches before settling down with her husband in the Bride Assembly Church. In one of the churches she initiated the first ever gathering of women in the end-time message; primarily for the purpose of intercession for the Church, the women and their families. The gathering experienced massive expansion into a full-blown women fellowship. However, Sister Clara had to hand over the reins of the fellowship to the Pastor’s wife after she and her husband announced their intention to leave the church. Furthermore, in 1998, after her husband was ordained Pastor in the Bride Assembly Church, she remained supportive and stood by him through prayers and fasting. In 1999, she initiated and led the women fellowship of the Bride Assembly Church until 2002. The women fellowship then began to have Presidents with tenures of 2 years and a possibility of extension where necessary. Sister Rose Emiowe was elected as the first president of the women fellowship (2002-2006). In 2005, Sister Clara became the coordinator of the women fellowship, a position and responsibility given to her from 2005 till date. She is a nurse, a graduate of Business Administration (B.Sc.) and Public Administration (M.Sc.) and she has served in various departments in the church.
Sis Rita Onyia
Women Fellowship President
Remember Thy Creator in Thy Youth
Our Vision/Mission Statement of the TBA Youth Fellowship.*
The Mission of the Youth Fellowship is focused at raising *‘Christocentric’ youths* who are M.A.D (_Making a Difference_) for Christ. For years and counting, the Youth Fellowship has enormously raised Church Ministers who are rigorously making waves in the End-Time Message realm.
We intend to grow in the way of the Lord as to be *‘heavenly-bound’ (2 Peter 1:10).* The purpose of the Youth Fellowship is to interact with ourselves better and see to our *spiritual perfection as saints (James 1:3-4).*
*Remain Blessed and Rapturable.*
Bro. Gabriel Onyejiaka