THEME: The Africa God Wants: Let Justice and Righteous Roll (Amos 5:24)
In Proverbs 14:34, we read that “Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (NLT). Godliness, Justice and Righteousness are cognate words that depict God’s essence and desire for the nations. It is God’s wish that justice and righteousness pervade his creation as a foundational requirement for prosperity and good health. As Africa stands at crossroads pondering on what path it will take to launch into the coming future, it has to make a decision to either pursue sin or pursue righteousness.
As the Association of Evangelicals in Africa envisions Africa in 2066, there is the overwhelming conviction that until the righteousness and justice prevail now and is upheld and perpetuated into the future, we will be far away from the Africa God wants. Africa has seen its share of problems and blessings, but it does not matter what Africa has gone through it will rise or fall by what it is today and what it will cherish for its future.
Righteousness in the context of Amos 5:24, does not refer to an individual’s right standing with God, but to a nation that obeys and lives by God’s righteous standards as found in the Bible. It is not our religious piety, or offerings, or rhetoric that will shape the Africa God wants, but rather it is godly righteousness and justice that will usher in “the Africa God wants” in 2066. With this backdrop, the AEA has chosen its vision them as “As the Africa God wants: Let Justice and Righteousness Roll (Amos 5:24)
Topics for Deliberation
- The Church in Africa returning to the Basics (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Already Africa is plagued with competing standards of morality and ethics. Acts of justice and righteousness are hardly visible as corruption, marginalization and immorality continues to plague our Church and society. These tendencies will hinder the attainment of the Africa God wants. Many congregations have lost their moral compass by being politically correct and socially acceptable to the detriment of the godly standards and biblical correctness. As we enter the next 50 years of AEA and as AEA desires to shape the Africa God wants, how can we help the Churches to recalibrate in seeking God’s justice and righteousness? What do we need to hold on and what do we need to give-up?
Match with Devotion Topic: Bringing the Church back to repentance and commitment to seek God and God alone amidst the challenging voices and vices in society
- The Church in Africa returning to its true identity (Matthew 5:13-16)
The expression in Matthew 5:16 (NLT) “Let your good deeds shine out for all to see…” can safely read as “let your justice and righteousness roll…” In what ways can we make the Church to function again as salt and light in the community? Such a venture could go beyond the walls of the Church to ensure that individual godly leaders are put in every facet of society to change systems which will eventually shape the Africa that God wants.
Match with Devotion Topic: The Christian in the Market Place – Redeeming and Transforming the Professions as a matter of Justice and Righteousness
- The Church in Africa returning to its true mandate (Matthew 28:16-20; 2 Timothy 2:2)
Procreation ensures the perpetuation and sustainability of an organism. This is also true of the Church. The church has a mandate to propagate and sustain the gospel truth throughout all generations. How can the church equip the saints for works of ministry in the Church and beyond to include the media and other entertainment industries such that those industries are transformed to produce the Africa God wants in 2066? How can we nurture our biological and spiritual children/youth to be the present and future bearers of the Good News?
Match with Devotion Topic: The Critical Role of Parenting/Discipling/Mentoring in shaping the Africa God wants in 2066?
- The Church in Africa Returning to its creation mandate (Gen 2:15)
While there profound discussion going on in several ecclesiastical circles on the care for creation, the approach has not treated intergenerational stewardship of the care of creation as a matter of justice and righteousness. How can we be responsible stewards of God’s creation to the extent that we provide a livable environment for posterity?
Matching with Devotion Topic: The Dignity of God in creation and human responsibility
- The AEA that will usher in the Africa that God wants in 2066 (AEA Business)
- Unveiling vision 2066
- Ownership and commitment to the vision
- The Church as a Blessing to the nations – Retrospect and Prospect: Aligning AEA to the vision: What is needed?
- Aligning AEA subsidiaries (NEFs and Commissions) to the vision – What is needed?