“This is how far the Lord has brought us, my dearly beloved, we have the opportunity to fellowship even with restrictions imposed on us by the pandemic. We are still wearing masks which means we are not out of the woods yet, but God has and will be gracious to us! It not impossible for God to save us and He will.”
Prior to the visit of the District Apostle, Lead Apostle Samuel Oppong-Brenya conducted a special divine service on his behalf at the Kumasi Central premises. This came off on 15th August, 2021. In this service, 10 District leaders were retired.
The bible text for the service was read from Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”.
The burden of the law
Sharing thoughts on the bible passage, the Lead Apostle explained how leaders at the time burdened the people with their personal philosophies in observance of the Mosaic law. In doing so, they neglected what will bring salvation to mankind so as to experience the glory of God, he added. Jesus, therefore called on the multitude without fear to come to Him with their burdens in order to give them rest.
Come to the Lord
The Northern Ghana leader admonished the congregation to follow the Master – who is the Lord Jesus – and that “a servant is not greater than the master”. He said that by the grace and the will of God, we are beneficiaries of this clarion call to come to Jesus so that we do not carry unnecessary burdens. He lamented how many no longer want to follow the teachings of Christ but rather following strange doctrines. “Ensure that we guard and protect this grace that we have always”, he said
He comforted all members who have experienced disappointments and misfortunes this year to look up to the Lord Jesus for He is the only one that can give us rest.
Allow the Lord Jesus to take charge
The Apostle, explaining further, advised members to forgive those who hurt or offend them. That in all circumstances they should commit everything unto the Lord Jesus Christ. “Let us not try to assume the status of the Lord in trying to carry our own burdens. Let us always allow the Lord to lead us in all our ways.”
“Let us never get tired in serving and hearing the word of God. Put all your cares on Him as you continue to serve the Lord in His work. The most important thing for us is to put whatever we hear from the divine services into practice. This will enable us in reaching the goal of our faith.” He continued: “We shall continue to remind you that Jesus is the Son of God, who died and resurrected, and has established the altar of grace here on earth.”
In conclusion, the Lead Apostle appealed to the congregation to heed the calls of Christ and His messengers and be saved: “Let us heed the call to come to Jesus, attend divine services to receive forgiveness of sins and participate faithfully in Holy Communion.”
Lead Apostle Oppong-Brenya was assisted by Apostles Hayford Nzimah, Benjamin Darko, Paul Kyeremeh and District Elder Bosiako. Also in attendance were Apostles George Nortey, Amos Osei-Du and Bishop Charles Kesse.