Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider celebrated a festive divine service with ministers and their wives in Koforidua on Saturday 26th January 2019. He was accompanied by District Apostles Ehrich and Krausse, District Apostle Helper Soko as well as Apostles from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Cameroun and Equatorial Guinea.
The text word was taken from 2 Timothy 2:15, ‘Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.’
“I am very thankful to the Heavenly Father to be here today. Because once more I realize how rich I am in Christ. Today I can see that I have so many faithful brothers and sisters who are willing to help me in my mission.” said the Chief Apostle as he began the special divine service. “Your work and sacrifices are a blessing to all of us. May God bless you, your work and your commitment.”
Drawing inspiration from the text word, the Chief Apostle exhorted, “You have been called by God and have received a gift from God. And you have to report to God, not to a man.” He added that some ministers seek to please their Apostles, and behave differently in their absence. He urged the congregation to look to Jesus as a guide for the success of their work. “A good servant of God is the one who fulfills the will of God until the end no matter what happens.”
“Be diligent not to be ashamed. We want to be a blameless worker.” The Chief Apostle recounted the parable of the talents by Jesus, as an example of a lazy worker. “We have a divine gift to our ordination. And we have to work with it. We have to use this gift to improve our knowledge and understanding of God’s will. We have to use this gift to increase in our love for our brothers and sisters.” “It is about Jesus, not about us” he added.
The Chief Apostle then urged the congregants to focus their works on salvation. “Brothers let us never forget that the main thing is salvation in Jesus Christ. Don’t waste too much of your time and energy with earthly concerns. Let us work for salvation.” He encouraged all to believe and persevere in their mission. “Be a man of faith and persevere in your mission. Even if you are not successful and have not been accepted; go on, and do the will of God.”
The Chief Apostle further advised ministers on the importance of soul care as part their work. He also tasked them to preach the Word and teach the Gospel in the right manner as well as lead by example, just as Jesus did.
“Once again, thank you very much. If we work together in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God will bless our work, the bride will be prepared and we can be part of it. That is my wish for all of us” said Chief Apostle as he concluded his sermon.
District Apostle Krausse (North Germany) and District Apostle Helper Soko (Zambia) assisted the service. There were 3,650 faithful ministers and wives in attendance at this divine service.