Sunday, December 5, 2021, was Thanksgiving Service at The Fountain of Life Church, TFOLC, Ilupeju, Lagos. Despite the recent event, which came as a sudden blow to the Church, the members still found reasons to gather together to express their gratitude to God Almighty for His mercy, love, compassion and provision.
The Church also used the same opportunity to express their love for their Senior Pastor, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya and appreciated him for being a true father and leader. An overwhelmed Pastor Taiwo, who was initially speechless, later appreciated the congregation for their love and encouragement.
In his words, “There is no reincarnation, no doubt, but if God were to repeat this same thing, and He would give me a choice to make, I will choose to pastor Fountain again.”
After leading the Church into a powerful worship session, the clergyman reminded his listeners of the need to constantly embrace an attitude of joy, prayer and thanksgiving regardless of their circumstances.
Basing his message on 1 Thessalonians 5:18, he urged the congregation to always give thanks amid everything as this is God’s perfect plan for His children. He further stated that the lifestyle of the kingdom is that of rejoicing, thanksgiving and prayer, and a born again child of God is in union with God and should therefore imbibe this lifestyle. “Christ lives in His children, and this is what sets them apart and empowers them to live a life characterized by rejoicing, prayerfulness and thankfulness,” he said.
Pastor Taiwo gave several instances from the Bible in which Jesus Christ gave thanks to God even though He was faced with unpalatable circumstances.
In closing his sermon, the man of God urged the congregation to be conscious of the presence of God and pray continuously and fervently while at the same time giving thanks to God through verbal expression.