182 Christopher O. Oshun JOYFULNESS: A FEATURE OF WORSHIP AMONG AFRICAN INDEPENDENT CHURCHES (AICs)1 1. Introduction "Joyfulness" as a theme does not feature regularly in missiological or ecumenical circles.'- Moreover, it is often a neglected issue in missi- ological or theological discourses, whether on the Pentecostals, or sim- ilar Christian enthusiasms across the world.i This is particularly true of church movements in Africa generally described as African Inde- pendent Churches. With reference to the conference's theme: "New World - New Crea- tion : Mission in Power and Faith," the focus on "joyfulness" as a feature in mission and worship is quite relevant and insightful as well. Per- ceiving "joyfulness" as a Christian disposition, one assumes the fact that the Christian confidence, assurance 1nd/or satisfaction necessary for a dynamic Christian living and which, in effect, will produce new- ness' in or out of a decadent world (Gn 1:1,2) should be present in a substantial proportion as change-agents. In this way, the choice of AICs as the context in which to illustrate the fact that God's Spirit in man can transmute life and transmit the new life across the world of men and things is motivated by several factors. First
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