Gbadzeme, a location of about 16,000 people living at an elevation of 442 meters above sea level is where Lead Apostle Samuel Oppong-Brenya conducted a divine service on Saturday, 30th November 2019 to dedicate their new chapel built through communal labour among the members. There was a lot of excitement and joy as it was the very first visit of the Lead Apostle to the members there.
The bible text was chosen from Matthew 5: 2-3, ‘And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”’.
The Lead Apostle explained that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure, which when found must be kept in security and with care. He added that being poor means having nothing, hence all Christians who desire to seek the Heavenly Father must be poor in spirit, demonstrating a desire to gain, possess and keep riches and treasures in Heaven with the Father. For us to be able to do so, we must allow themselves to be changed by the Holy Spirit, through the Word and doctrine of the Apostles.
To be poor in heart also means not having other spirits in our souls; spirits of hate, un-forgiveness and envy. Lead Apostle Oppong-Brenya continued by saying that for us to attain treasures in Heaven, we have to do away with self-ego and pride, keep an open heart to everybody and give to the underprivileged.
He further cautioned that maintaining a sense of egotism and superiority is not godly, and makes one feel more important than others. However, we should draw from the example of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples as an act of humility and servitude despite His position as their Lord and master. Jesus commanded that we love our neighbours as ourselves that is the way a child of God should go.
The Apostle concluded by encouraging the members to bear the fruit of the Spirit which are love, joy, peace, goodness, faith, longsuffering, and gentleness as mentioned in the book to the Galatians.
Apostle Osei, District Elders Ebelin and Degboe and District Evangelist Parku assisted during the divine service.