The Northern Sector Leader, Lead Apostle Samuel Oppong-Brenya arrived in the Western Region of Ghana - Takoradi on Saturday 18 December 2021 to begin a two day program in the Takoradi Apostle Area where he was hosted by Apostle George Sam and Bishop Thomas Ampofo.
The Lead Apostle began his visit to the Krofoform District where he held a united service at the Krofoform Congregation that Saturday morning. Later in the evening, he joined the Sekondi District for a Nine Lessons and Carols Service at Dwomo Congregation. The Lead Apostle finally wrapped up the visit with a divine service at Abrem Agona District on Sunday, 19th December, at the Abrem Agona Congregation. This visit ended his 2021 schedule for the Apostle Area.
Proclaiming the gospel at the Abrem Agona congregation from the book of Romans 15:13 which reads: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”; Lead Apostle Oppong-Brenya stated that our belief as New Apostolic Christians rests on the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Speaking on the birth of our Lord, he said people expected Jesus to be born to an elite family in a place befitting of a royal. But rather, He was born in a manger and to a family from a place remotely associated with majesty. Actually, Joseph and Mary searched for a more decent place to deliver the Holy One but their effort yielded no result. Instead, He was born in a place where they least expected. The manger signifies humbleness; and this is the grace that we have as Christians today.
Be Happy and Patient
Delivering the message from the text word, the Northern Sector Leader said, “Christ is our future and if our heart is not pure and clean Christ cannot live in it. Our hope depends on Christ because the foundation of our church depends on the hope that we have in Christ. But if we do things which do not relate to Christ then there is no point for us to gather here”.
The Lead Apostle acknowledged the fact that we were in difficult times but he encouraged the congregation to “rejoice, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” When things seem like they are spinning out of control, it is easy to be drawn inward. “Let us be patient” he advised, “our Lord does not work with the dates and times of man, instead, He works in His own time and pace.”
Keep the Environment
The Lead Apostle also cautioned the members to keep their environment clean, especially our water bodies. He said the world is already in distress and we should not extend our stress to our natural environment. The worth of any nation depends on its natural resources and if we keep on destroying our natural environments God will not forgive us.
Lead Apostle Oppong-Brenya concluded: “Jesus said He does not know when He will return, but the issue is: are we ready for His return?” We must be prepared for His return and that must be our ultimate goal. Recounting the story of Stephen, he said Stephen knew his eternal destiny when he was being stoned to death. He never cursed his adversary but did exactly what Christ did. This is the belief he had and we must each have hope, stand firm and never look back until we win the battle. “May the peace of God be with you until the One who was born, died, resurrected and ascended to Heaven shall return and take as along with Him. Amen.”
The Lead Apostle was assisted by Apostle George Sam, District Rectors Amarh (Elmina), Sam (Atobiase) and Abi (Abrem Agona).