“We thank our Heavenly Father for another opportunity to come before His Holy altar. The words given to us are the food for the soul and if we are obedient and put the words to work, we will always receive both physical and spiritual strength” began Apostle Amos Osei-Du of Kumasi Apostle Area when he served 293 souls over two divine services (due to COVID-19 restrictions) at the Kumasi Central church on Sunday 2nd August 2020.
1st Service: Serving in spite of afflictions
The Apostle read a text from Acts 5: 42: ‘...and daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ’.
He recounted how the Apostles were brought before the rulers at the time and warned never to preach about Jesus Christ; they endured afflictions for preaching the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ. In spite of these, they were not deterred but rather were emboldened by the power of the Holy Spirit to make their stand clear that it was better to obey God rather than men. God intervened and they went about preaching and sharing the good news about Christ to many in the temple and also from house to house.
The Apostles today also continue to spread the word of Christ to the world, remarked Apostle Osei-Du. He called on the congregation to accept the truth about Jesus Christ, tell our neighbours about Him in our homes, places of work and wherever we may find ourselves.
2nd Service: Walk as Children of the Light
The second service was based on Ephesians 5:8: ‘For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the Light’
The Apostle explained that when the Saviour of the world was born, a star appeared in the sky which led the Shepherds at the time to where the Light – Jesus Christ – was born so that the world which was in total darkness, could see the Light and follow Him.
We once lived and operated in darkness by laws which were not worthy to be lived by Christians. However, Jesus has shown us the light for us to follow and we must operate by the commandments of Christ. We are made new in this Light and therefore must not give room to our former ways.
The Apostle concluded by admonishing members to demonstrate the love of Christ in their daily lives: “In whatever you do, ask yourself, ‘will Jesus Christ be happy with this?’ The love we show our neighbour demonstrates that we are children of the Light.”