Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo conducted a divine service for ministers and their wives in Accra on Saturday 30 October 2021. He based his sermon on 1 Corinthians 4:1–2: “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
“It is very important that we meet together like this. If we don’t meet together like this and understand that we have to be in oneness and understand the work we are doing, then people will have their way to say anything about us. Secondly, there is a need for us to meet together like this because the work we are doing is not only for the ministers in black and white alone, wives are also part of the work.” This was the core of the message Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo shared with the ministers and their wives.
Servants of Christ
“Ministers, you have to come to the understanding that you have become ministers not because you are above anyone else, or better than everyone”, the Lead Apostle stressed. Ministers are called to be servants of Jesus Christ and His Church. “We did not write applications to become ministers, for this reason, we must not think it’s our right to become ministers. No, we are servants and we are here because of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is important that we understand that call and remain faithful to that call.”
Stewards of the Mysteries of God
In Genesis 3:15, God said: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” That ‘Seed’ is Jesus Christ. This marks the beginning of the mysteries of God. All the prophets, patriarchs and covenants were set aside to make way for a new covenant as testified in Jeremiah 31:31, that new covenant is the grace of God in Jesus Christ. The Lead Apostle continued, “When it comes to the mysteries of God, it does not matter what the people of old thought, did or said, but rather let us listen to Jesus Christ like the voice from the cloud clearly said on the mount of transfiguration: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” The mysteries of God has been given to the Apostles’ ministry. Ministers have been given the authority to declare these mysteries and prepare souls for the return of Jesus Christ.
Wives are Helpers
Wives have been chosen to be helpers to the ministers and to support the work of God. “Wives, realize that you also have a special calling. Any woman in the congregations could have become a minister’s wife but by virtue of that calling and the grace of God, you have also been called to support your husbands in the ministry.” The Lead Apostle asked the wives to back their husbands in the ministry. Wives are supposed to be helpers to their husbands in everything. The Blessing of the Father in Heaven will be on wives who support their husbands to do God’s work well. “Your calling is that you utilize your talents and abilities in your congregations. You are not above the people in the congregation, but rather show good characters befitting a minister’s wife and set good examples in the congregations”.
The Lead Apostle concluded: “Beloved, the ministers hold the mysteries of the kingdom of God. They have been given the power and authority to lead the congregations. Respect them! Wives, your husbands have a big task that comes with blessings, do not hesitate to help them”.
Bishop Charles Asare, District Rectors Boadu and Richard Adjah took turns to serve the ministers and their wives with over 270 in attendance.
After the divine service, there was an open discussion where the Lead Apostle and the Bishop welcomed questions and suggestions from the ministers and their wives present for the growth of the church. It was an interactive session where the wives of the ministers expressed their willingness to support their husbands, the ministers, and also contribute meaningfully to the development of the church.