It was a joyful moment at the Sekondi District when Apostle George Sam and Bishop Thomas Ampofo ended their three days visit within the Takoradi Apostle Working Area with the Sekondi Congregation on the 23rd of February 2020.
Apostle Sam also joined the Sunday School teacher, Sister Gloria Imbeah and District Rector Appiah with our young brothers and sisters during their lessons before conducting the divine service with the congregation.
The Sunday school lesson was based on Dreams and Interpretations: ‘Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dreams’. Our young ones were delighted and enjoyed the bible lesson together with Apostle Sam. Bishop Ampofo closed the lessons with a prayer.
The bible text for the service was based on Matthew 5:44-45, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Who is your enemy?
Apostle Sam asked the congregation, “Who is your enemy?” He answered by saying that “the immoral thoughts within us, such as bad attitude, character and behaviour are the enemy; that is to say, things that lead as to sin is our enemy”. He expressed that some bad attitude, behaviour and character had made many people leave the congregation because we saw them as our enemy, and not our brothers and sister in Christ.
He advised that when a brother offends us, we should not repay with evil but instead forgive him as Christ did. Apostle Sam told the congregation that we are our own enemy, and not look beyond ourselves to blame for our own misfortunes.
Do good to them who hate you
Apostle Sam referred the congregation to what Christ said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy but I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven”.
Apostle Sam used the life of Jesus Christ to teach the congregation that, when Jesus was being beaten and humiliated to death He said “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Apostle Sam said in his concluding remarks that we should pray for those who mistreat us and love our enemies.
He was assisted by Bishop Ampofo and Shepherd Gyabrah