Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo explained the critical function and importance of the Holy Spirit in the salvation plan for every Christian and New Apostolic, in a special divine service to crown the 50th anniversary celebrations with members of the Winneba East, Kwenyarko and Oboyambo districts. This came off on the 22nd September 2019 at the Otwekrom congregation premises (Winneba East district).
The sermon was based on the bible text John 14:26, ‘But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.’
The Apostle revealed the source, purpose and power of the Holy Spirit.
The promise of the Father. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is an age-old promise of God to His people, as recorded in the scriptures in the books of Isaiah and Joel. The Apostle said: “Just as confirmed by Apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost, we as New Apostolics also believe that there was a second outpouring of the Holy Spirit as promised in the scriptures. And this is the Holy Spirit we have received (through our Holy Sealing and Baptism) and continually experience as children of God.”
Our guide to the truth and eternal salvation. “The Holy Spirit teaches and guides us to the path of all truth and righteousness, as charted by our Lord Jesus Christ, revealing the mysteries and security of our eternal salvation” said the Apostle. Our calling and purpose as New Apostolics is to first seek the Kingdom of God, with the Holy Spirit dwelling in us as a directional guide. “We as New Apostolics are guided and inspired in all our divine services and activities by the Holy Spirit, just as our Lord Jesus requests of us in the scriptures; the one and only way and truth.”
Power to proclaim, believe, and to resurrect. The dwelling of the Holy Spirit gives power to the Apostles to proclaim the death and resurrection of our Lord, and to proclaim the forgiveness of sins for all. The Apostle explains: “Our baptism with the Holy Spirit and subsequent belief in the return of the Beloved Son of God is eternal life given to us; life beyond the death of our physical bodies. Our belief in the Gospel and the Apostle’s doctrine gives us power to resurrect on Christ’s return. Let us guard this holy gift, and not to mortgage our salvation for eternal death.”
The Apostle was assisted by Bishop Asare, District Elders Quainoo (Winneba East), Aikins (Kwenyarko), Agbozo (Oboyambo) and Priest Mensah (Kwenyarko). There were some 280 souls in attendance.
Moments after the divine service, Bishop Eric Ampadu (rtd.), representing the church in Ghana, laid a wreath on the tomb of Priest Joseph De-Graft Essel in thankful memory of his life and works as the first messenger and minister of the New Apostolic faith and doctrine in Ghana.