A new chapel for the saints of an old congregation. A hallowed place to do the will of the Father. A sanctified place to hear the Son. A place of prayer. On 20th September, 2020, the people of Tema marked a special moment in the life of their congregation; the opening of their new chapel. The journey that began with Apostle Kotei Afutu (rtd.) came to its splendor in a special Church Dedication Service conducted by Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo.
The service was based on Matthew 6:10b, ‘...Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’
A journey of 12 years. Prior to the dedication of the building, the Church Leader expressed his thankfulness to all, especially his forbears: “Our desire was to have a new place of worship and today we have this building. We thank you our dear Apostle Kotei Afutu and Bishop Ampadu who began this journey many years ago. It is always a joy to have you amongst us and we continue to see and feel the works of your hands. Thank you very much.”
Continuing the divine service, the Lead Apostle based his message on 3 key points: the will of the Father, how we pray and blessings in obeying God’s will.
The one universal will of the Father. “If there is anything that is a challenge to the Christian world, it is our inability to respect and do the will of the Father”, began the Apostle. “But brethren, the will of the Father in Heaven is just one.” The Lead Apostle highlighted the event of the Mount of Transfiguration, where the Heavenly said to Peter, James and John: ‘This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear Him!’ Our duty as Christians is to hear and accept the words of Jesus, the Only Begotten Son of God; this is the one and only will of the Father.
The prayer taught by the Son. Jesus taught us how to pray in the Lord’s Prayer, said the Apostle. He also admonished us on our attitude and approach in praying to our Heavenly Father. Unfortunately, many Christians today do contrary. “Christians are finding it very difficult to obey the prayer He taught us”, he said, “however, if we respect the Lord Jesus Christ and want the will of the Lord to be done, we must heed Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:5-15. This is the will of the Father in Heaven.”
Blessings in doing His Will. “The will and desire of the Father is for us to listen to His Son.” There are many things in the bible the Son requires of all Christians, yet we continually side step these. Concluding his sermon, the Apostle said: “It is the desire of the Father for us not to lose our grace and salvation, and so what He says we should do, we will do it, to the glory of His Name.” Why? “Because we need His blessings, which is why we are here today.”
The Lead Apostle was accompanied by Bishop Asare, District Rectors Adjei (Accra East) and Arhin (Accra West) as well as all 10 rectors of the Accra East District. He was assisted by Bishop Asare, District Rector Adjei and Shepherd Afenyo (Ashiaman).