Lead Apostle Samuel Oppong-Brenya shared an inspiring message of staying focused on the great commission of Jesus Christ as disciples and Apostles of the gospel of Jesus Christ despite challenges and difficulties. This divine service occurred at Sunyani Central church (Sunyani Working Area) on 2nd August 2020.
The Lead Apostle based his sermon on Act 5:42, ‘And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.’
Speaking about the current pandemic, the Leader encouraged the congregation not to consider the novel Corona virus pandemic as a punishment from God. He further advised the congregation to draw inspiration from God’s word and rely on Him for protection. We must not be distracted by the current trend of events but rather stay focused on engaging ourselves with the Great Commission of preaching the Word of God. He narrated that at the peak of the pandemic, many ministers shared their desire to preach the Word of God but could not do so due to the restrictions imposed on social and religious gatherings.
Lead Apostle Oppong-Brenya further explained that the lockdown and other restrictions brought some difficulty in carrying out pastoral and soul care duties. This also brought some physical and spiritual difficulties for members who needed support in the fellowship of other brethren.
He said ministers are trained to preach the gospel from the Bible and not from their own thoughts. They have been commissioned to preach the Word of God, a commission they have accepted to carry to the end of their lives.
The Lead Apostle continued to advise the congregants to lead a good life devoid of any unrighteousness in their societies or homes. He also urged them to do all they can to observe all the necessary protocols laid by the Government so to limit their risk of contracting the corona virus.
District Elder Tornu and Sherperd Konadu assisted the divine service.