The first divine service conducted by the newly appointed District Rector for the Bolga district, Suguruman Yaw Laar, came off at the Bolgatanga Central congregation on 29th August, 2021, with 60 members in attendance.
A text word was taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10, “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him”.
The District Rector was full of thanks to God for how far we have come in the year, even with the prevalent COVID pandemic. He reiterated the fact that it is God who has allowed it happen. He used this instance to explain to the congregants that these are all signs of the return of our Lord Jesus; and though it may delay, the day of the Lord will surely come; because it is the word of the Lord and it is true and eternal.
Continuing his sermon, the District Rector said the appointment of God’s own can never be compared to any other. In today’s world, when an individual is appointed to a position, he rejoices, even though that appointment would not be forever. How much more when the Father appoints us to salvation in His eternal glory?
Our appreciation of this appointment will build our joy as children of God. We have to believe and hope as children of God that the Lord Jesus will return. By His divine power, He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, the District Rector stressed. We can get to His kingdom if we welcome His kingdom in our daily activities.
Salvation from God is for all men, however, the eternal fellowship with God is where we can find this salvation. Jesus has sacrificed Himself and made this possible through the grace of God for mankind. “God in His own wisdom has empowered us with all these to succeed. Therefore, no man has any other way except for the divine plan of God given to us”, emphasized the District Rector. “Let us remain in this faith and count our blessing one by one, day by day, for His divine election.”
The District Rector encouraged congregants to remain in faith and endure in the teachings of the gospel of our Lord Jesus. “We can do all these through the love of our neighbours, thanks offering, prayers and many other things that were demonstrated by children of God in the past. Let us remain faithful and wait patiently for the return of the Lord. Prayer, together with patience and hope must remain key in our fellowship.”
The divine service was assisted by the rector of the congregation, Priest Frank, and Priest Emmanuel.