21st September 2017

He (Jesus) saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? (Matthew 16:15) was the question being asked during Hackney's Men's Ministries Day on Sabbath 16 September 2017.

Presenting the lesson study was guest teacher, Elder Fazil Mohammed,Elder-Fazil-Mohammed who focused on the theme of 'The Gift and the Giver'. He said: "If you put the agape love first, then God will take care of the eros. Adam chose the eros love over the agape love – that is, he chose Eve over God. However, God was the giver of the gift (Eve) to Adam; therefore, the giver is always greater than the gift." Elder John Locker then paid tribute to the late Elder Curtis Bruce Snr who spearheaded the Men's Ministries for many years until his passing away last October.

The guest speaker for the day was BBC journalist, Elder Neil Nunes, fromElder-Neil-Nunes the Croydon Seventh-day Adventist church who highlighted 4 points to emerge from the question Jesus posed to His disciples concerning Himself. Elder Nunes said: "The question Jesus asks is firstly the most important question. Secondly, it's a relationship question. Thirdly, the answer given in response to this question is linked to the image one has of God and lastly the answer to the question tells you what you want from Jesus." Elder Nunes then shared with the interested audience some of the news to have taken place this year including the terrorist attacks in Barcelona, Paris and London, the ethnic cleansing in Burma, the missile testing in North Korea, the earthquake in Mexico and the hurricanes which have devastated the Caribbean and parts of America. "These are the things Jesus said would happen at the time of the end; therefore we are admonished to look up knowing that our redemption draweth nigh."

The day concluded in the afternoon with a presentation on Bowel Cancer by Dr Dennis Lindo who said: "30,000 people a year are affected in the UK with this type of cancer – that is 1 in 20 people. It is the 3rd most common cancer and must be caught early." Dr Lindo said the risks of developing such cancer could be significantly reduced by a change in diet along with regular exercise and fresh air.

Hackney's Male Voice Choir then gave the answer to the theme's question by singing He's the Lily of the Valley to bring to a close what was a remarkable day of reflection, education and praise for all who came.


[Darell Philip]

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