On his first visit to the Volta North Apostle Area this year 2022, Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo served about 157 souls at the Kpando-Torkor Congregation on Sunday January 23, 2022.
The divine service was based on a bible word from Matthew 17:15-16 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
“The Great Physician now is near, the sympathizing Jesus”, these lyrics from the choir lit the atmosphere for yet an encounter with the Lord. “How pleasant it is for us to have come before the Lord, to be prepared for our heavenly home!” the Lead Apostle begun. “Naturally, we belong to different family trees, yet here we are connected together in one faith, one baptism, one goal, one God and Father of us”, he added. The Lead Apostle further stated that, “let it continually be our joy to remain together to be prepared for the day of the Lord”.
A plea for mercy
Elaborating on the bible word, the Lead Apostle explained that, the attitude of the man who brought his son to Jesus Christ was one of humility and self- cognizance. He recognized his predicament and the source of his help. The first step in accessing healing is to first recognize our condition and in humbleness, approach the great physician, thus, Jesus Christ, the Lead Apostle admonished.
Belief in Jesus Christ and the Apostolate
The Lead Apostle explained that, he who approaches the Lord for healing must come in faith, for without faith it is impossible to please God. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Great Physician. He heals the faithful. He alone has the power to grant us salvation through the Apostolate. Faith in the Apostles and servants sent by them today is indispensable in our effort to attain salvation. It is this faith that was demonstrated in our bible word. “We want to come to the Lord with our ailments, but not without faith”, emphasized the Lead Apostle.
With what ailments do we approach the Lord and His servants today?
Referencing the Bible word, the Lead Apostle expounded the condition of the sick person: “for he often falls into the fire and often into the water”. This according to him refers to a state of double standard; you are neither cold nor hot. He bemoaned the nature of those who still seek help from other sources other than with the Apostles and ministers before them. That is a spiritual ailment! He further mentioned unforgiveness, doubt, hatred, malice, backbiting and lies as part of the ailments the Lord Jesus heals (Galatians 5:19-21).
Concluding the sermon, the Lead Apostle exhorted members to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His servants, recognize their ailments and approach the Lord in humility and faith. By so doing, he emphasized, we shall be healed of our sinful nature and thereby enter into His glory; our ultimate goal.
The Lead Apostle was supported by Apostle Timothy Akubia and District Rectors Owusu Acquah, Emmanuel Mensah and Alexander Poku Akubia.