After I graduated from Bible School, many things about Christianity became more apparent. I was able to see Christianity and its practices in a better light. Details of being a pastor, Church leader, and Church member, and what it means to be a Christian became clearer. I was able to see why certain things happen in the Church and to Church members, and I was able to decipher what people can do in response to these issues within the limits of the Bible. These details might not be apparent to many who treat Christianity as a Sunday-Sunday medicine.
Unfortunately, many old Christians and Church leaders have come to place less emphasis on Weekly Bible study programmes, just as they despise seminaries and Bible schools. In utter disdain, some said attending Bible schools is not a precondition for salvation, and seminary education has nothing to do with the anointing.
True! No one is required to tender a seminary certificate at the gates of heaven; neither does it add to the level of anointing. But we should not forget that the anointing could take you up the ministry ladder, but you require more than the anointing to remain there. There are so many extras that the current Church leaders have left out, which are responsible for the poor image of the contemporary Church.
Within this matrix, I put down these extras that so many Churches do not bother to know or teach their members, especially the young Christians who are becoming victims of poor leadership. These would be useful to the young Christians so that they could be guided away from the pits their forebears had fallen.
I have been as biblical as the Lord has given me grace in this book. I have unapologetically been blunt with the truth of the gospel. I have also drawn from the saintly experiences of some Church leaders whom we have ample shreds of evidence of God’s calling upon their lives. The time is now for all sons to be unapologetic about the fact.
Excellent job, dear Pastor Bola. Simply put, this is a useful x-ray of the state of the global Church in today’s world, and the way forward – especially in our clime. Quite informative, intriguing and generally humorous.
His Purpose Church, Lagos, Nigeria.
We live in a world that is full of knowledge. Knowledge is power for those persons and nations that have them. It is, therefore not surprising that serious-minded persons and nations pursue and invest heavily in the acquisition of knowledge.
Painfully as it seems, the average Christian is often seen pursuing every and other form of knowledge but would hardly devote the same passion and resources to the pursuit of spiritual knowledge. Nobody’s spiritual life would be higher than their spiritual knowledge.
To help not just the young believer but all believers alike, the author Bola Adewara has painstakingly put together in an easy-to-read categorized manner knowledge to help the believer in his walk with God. The book is educative, instructive, compelling and edifying. It is a compendium of the things we believe and ought to know as Christians. Generations coming behind will have God to thank for the grace and ability given to Bola Adewara to help one these down for posterity.
Thank you, man of God, for this great effort.
Rev. Toyin Kehinde,
Senior Pastor, Agape Generation International Church, Maryland, Lagos, Nigeria.
Even the world knows what a Christian should look like; even a child has a pretty good idea of how a Christian should act. We all have a God-given, built-in standard of right and wrong, and we know a Christian should do what is right. A Christian tends to be kinder, gentler, loving and more forgiving than the world when evaluating someone’s actions. The world can be quite harsh in its assessment and judgment of the Christian.
I recommend this book for every believer that needs to know or teach the truth, and everyone that needs to be free from flesh and become spiritual Christian. I commend this book and Apostle Bola Adewara to the hands of God whose power never fails, to do more significant works in Jesus name!
Bishop Bola Odeleke,
Presiding Bishop of CMM/Power Pentecostal Church international, Lagos, Nigeria.
Pastor Bola Adewara has written a simple, but profound book for every sincere believer or Christian that wants to make a success of their Christian life. The book Truths you won’t hear on Sunday Service will not only teach young believers, but Pastors as well on what specific steps they need to take in order to create the life that they want to live in Christ while being happy and grateful in the process. It opens your eyes to the deep truths that have been misconstrued by many while playing Church. This great book calls every Christian to action and can be used as a delightful guide for Transformational Discipleship trainings or classes. I am grateful to God for this book Truths you won’t hear on Sunday Service which I was honoured to edit. It is a good read that will impact generations to come and I highly recommend it.
Rev. (Dr) Peace Goodey,
General Overseer of Christ Believers Healing Ministry, Lagos, Nigeria.
Bola Adewara has made an excellent attempt at re-establishing the foundations of Christianity. The Bible says, if the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11: 3. This book will help people to be Christians indeed, and stop following religion. This book is a must-read for every Christian and not just young ones. Put aside your doctrines and enjoy this wonderful book.
Archbishop Yimam Orkwar,
National President, Christian Association of Clergies in Nigeria (CAC-NIG).
This book has provided the much-awaited foundational information, that has been systematically erased from the curriculum of many modern-day Christian. I am excited that God has inspired the writer to document for posterity, guidelines that will give hope to the Church of the future.
Rev. Olabode Orekoya,
Senior Pastor, Christ Image Assembly, Lagos, Nigeria.
The book, described as a “handbook for my young Christian”, highlights in detail, the Christian faith, the Church, Church organization, functions and the role of members, the building blocks in the Church setting. The style is breviloquent, clear concise and riveting as befits a handbook.
I highly recommend the reading of this book, an offering of the Author to the Church. The Author has been a Journalist for thirty-five years, a Counsellor for over fifteen years and a Minister of the Gospel for over ten years. He has other publications.
Prof. John O. Akingbala,
Trinidad and Tobago.
The book is a manual for young Christians. But it goes beyond proffering counsel to young Christians to clarifying essential issues of the Christian faith. These issues include the need for a sound relationship with Jesus Christ, discipleship, Holy Spirit baptism, and a proper understanding and participation in the Holy Communion. The author warns against deifying men of God and the deception of defending God. The young Christian is encouraged to prioritize mission and soul-winning as the prime purpose for being saved. The Christian is also counselled to prioritize obedience, through which God bestows the blessings that even fasting may not give. I commend Bola Adewara for this great gift to the body of Christ and recommend the book to everyone that names the name of Christ.
Rev’d Dogara R. Gwana,
NIPSS, Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.
TRUTHS YOU WON’T HEAR IN SUNDAY SERVICE is a compendium of the realities of the Christian faith, especially for a new believer. The book adequately deals with various issues contending with the gracious walk of believers’ in a riotous world where the depth and relevance of the Christian tradition are subjected to questioning.
Having received salvation, the Bible says we should work out our salvation with fear and trembling, Phil 2:12. How do you do that when you are unsure of the expectations as a child of God. Bola Adewara has put together answers to questions agitating the minds of young believers who are confused about “The Church” or have the desire for exploits in the body of Christ, making the book a companion for ‘quick checks’. From start to finish, my spirit connects with the insights and revelations in the book.
My Friend, Pastor Bola Adewara, more grace, abundant grace to you in His vineyard. Happy reading.
LTV, Lagos, Nigeria.
This is an excellent “small” book full of wisdom and insight for all levels of Christians – the mature, young and growing and above all, those who believe they can learn new things every day about our Almighty God.
Beloved, this book covers almost everything you hear about in today’s Church and discussions with other faith or religions while we are reminded that Christianity is not a religion but a way of life based on ‘Jesus Christ’ example.
There is a lot of good meat in the pages of this exciting book. Although the book is addressed largely to the young Christian, there is much to learn for any person who recognizes the need to continuously improve his knowledge.
I appreciate the healthy emphasis on the primacy of the word of God in every aspect of the Christian life – in faith, teaching advocacy soul winning, mentoring and our eternal goals. Indeed, we must remember that when a man is tired of learning, he is tired of life.
We need to heed the word of God in 2Peter1:20, “knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of private interpretation”. We are reminded in Psalm 119:105 that “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. We must in all things be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Congratulations, Bola. May the reader of this book be blessed, even as I have been blessed by every page of it. I commend everyone who says he is a Christian to get a copy of this book and pick some wisdom from it.
Dr. John U. Aire,
Wonders of God Church, Lagos, Nigeria.
Paragraph by paragraph, Adewara takes this generation on a spiritual journey that will undoubtedly challenge and destroy the myths that have chained many minds from exploring the truth. Sparing nothing, he answers nearly all the present-day FAQ’s. He takes his readers out of the denominational enclave into the arena of public discourse to hand out the truth that is capable of setting and making people free indeed. This book is a complete A-Z discipleship manual needed in the Church of God globally. I doubt if there is a compulsory subject that this work has spared. I want to warn that the book will cause a revolution of the mind to every life that comes in contact with it.
International Apostolic Evangelist,
The Pentecostal Congregation, Lagos, Nigeria.