Defining, yet true and inspired by the divinity of the Apostle’s ministry, the aura of Elijah’s mantle being passed on to Elisha was enacted in the presence of over 2,750 souls. In a special divine service to crown the golden jubilee celebrations of the church in Ghana by parts of the Accra Apostle Working area, including Accra East and West Districts, Lead Apostle Samuel Oppong-Brenya handed over his mantle of leadership over the Working area to the newly assigned Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo.
On this occasion on Sunday 22nd December 2019, Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo led the united divine service at the Central Church in Accra, with the text word Luke 1:68-69, “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the house of His servant David”
A divine promise and prophecy of redemption, the grace of our Lord Jesus and the daily manifestation of our faith. These were the highlights of Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo’s sermon on this unique occasion.
A divine promise carried through the ages, but surely fulfilled. Through time and prophets, the Lord had promised of a Saviour to His people. Although forgotten and doubted by many, the promise was fulfilled. “He (Zechariah) came to the realization when his son was born, that the prophecy will be fulfilled for which reason we have our text word today.” The people of Israel expected a mighty person of earthly royal hood, consequently when the promise was fulfilled many missed and doubted it.
Redemption, from the original sin. Our redemption is the forgiveness of sin committed in the Garden of Eden, separating man from God. The many laws given by the prophets could not redeem man from the curse of our original sin. “You and I are living that promise of the Lord Jesus Christ today. In His ministry that has been established, we continually have our sins forgiven; if you only you believe, truly your sins are forgiven. The death of Jesus was to establish the forgiveness of sins for mankind and bring us closer to God.”
… Not by our good works, but by grace. Our salvation and reconnection to God is only by the grace of our Lord Jesus, through the belief in His birth and death. “Our redemption is not based on how good we are but by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is none amongst us that can stand justified before the Father.”
We must work our faith and knowledge. Our faith, belief and knowledge is not enough, we must act upon it! “Faith alone is not enough for us. We need to work upon our faith to achieve the blessings of the Father in Heaven.” We must forgive our brethren and neighbours just as we seek forgiveness from the Father in the House of the Lord. We must show love and respect all people. We must walk our faith and belief in birth, life and death of Jesus Christ.
“The ability to have our sins forgiven, and to continue in the stead of the Lord Jesus Christ was given onto the ministry of the Apostles. That is what we are in today. If only we can continue on this path, then we surely shall receive the goal and salvation we are looking for.”
The service was assisted by Apostles Boakye (Nkawkaw) and Asampong (Koforidua). It also heralded a new beginning as Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo takes over the leadership of the Accra, Nkawkaw, Koforidua, Volta-North, Volta-Central and Volta-South Working areas following the changes in country support by the District Apostle Michael Ehrich.