On Sunday 29th August, 2021, Lead Apostle Samuel Oppong-Brenya conducted a divine service at the Wiawso Central Church in the Wiawso Apostle Area (Sefwi Wiawso) where he officially announced the retirement of Apostle Edward Hayford Nzimah and also introduced the newly ordained Apostle Augustus Adika-Lavoe to the District Leaders and the congregation.
Introducing the service, the Lead Apostle said: “Beloved, God has been good to us throughout this pandemic. We can testify that things have changed and we continue to pray to God that, things will come to normal. I am also privileged to be a part of this special divine service. It is good in our Apostle’s ministry that as one grows older, he goes on retirement and then replaced by a new one to ensure the continuity of the Apostle’s ministry.”
He continued: “For this reason, I am with much pleasure and a deep sense of humility to officially announce to you the retirement of Apostle Edward Hayford Nzimah, whose position has been succeeded by Apostle Augustus Adika-Lavoe”.
The text word for the service was taken from 1 Thesselonia 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 shall live together with Him”.
Explaining the text word, he said: “God never called us to forcefully take authority from any one, but rather He called us to work in different aspects of His ministry so that together, we shall spread His Holy gospel. “Brethren, I tell you that never envy no one, love one another, do not hate anyone because of his position in the church, for you all work in different aspects of the church so that together we can spread the gospel and achieve our ultimate goal”, said the Lead Apostle.
Are You Prepared
For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten to die and save mankind. This was a great sacrifice our Lord did which shows that He truly loves us. “Jesus said, ‘I am going to my Father in heaven to prepare a place for you in His kingdom, and in due time, I shall come for you.’ This is a great promise to the Christian fraternity. But the big question is, “are we prepared for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ? If no, then what preparations are we making to wait for His second coming?”
The Leader continued: “Blessed are those that wait upon the Lord. Brethren, I tell you that we ought to make adequate preparations for the second coming of Christ. For we are called by Christ so that we can live together with Him, in both spirit and flesh”.
Bringing his service to an end, the Lead Apostle advised the congregation to hold on to their faith, for without faith, our toil for righteousness shall be in vain and that we will be worthless before our Lord. “Pray to God in times of difficulties and have faith in Him. He will solve all your problems in due time. Stay glued to the teachings of the Church so that you can be a part of His second coming”, said the Lead Apostle.
The service was supported by Apostle Augustus Adika-Lavoe, Bishop Kesseh and District Elder Yaw Ennin. About 200 members attended the divine service.