Lead Apostle Samuel Oppong-Brenya arrived in Takoradi on Friday 22 April 2022 for a three-day program in the Takoradi Apostle Area. It was his first visit to the area since the beginning of the year. Apostle George Sam and Bishop Thomas Ampofo met him on arrival.
The Lead Apostle, on Friday April 22, held a divine service for all administrative brothers and their wives at the Kojokrom Congregation in the Takoradi District. The sermon was based on John 15:16. He reminded the ministers about their mandate and their core task to go and be fruitful and whatever they seek shall be given.
On Saturday, Lead Apostle Oppong-Brenya visited the Beposo District, where he conducted a united service with the District at the Antseambua Congregation. The Lead Apostle shared a message with them from the book of John 21:3-4. The Lead Apostle emphasized to the congregation and ministers the need to work hard in life and not depend on people, but in all things “always seek the kingdom of God first.”
The Northern Ghana leader wrapped up his visit on Sunday 24 April, 2022, at the Sekondi District with a divine service at the Sekondi Congregation. The Apostle’s text word for the service was based on 1 Peter 3:15. ‘But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.’
He said, Jesus Christ died, and arose. Jesus will come again and so we are required to do the work until He returns. “This is the purpose of our gathering here today” as the Lead Apostle shared with our community of Christ-followers as he began to proclaim the gospel.
What Is Holy?
“There is a difference between cleanliness and sanctification. Cleanliness is what we have all done today by keeping our body, looks and premises clean but sanctification is what happens within our hearts and not all of us have it.” When we say God is holy, we are not talking about one characteristic out of many; we are talking about the character of God who created heaven and earth Himself.
Holiness, when applied to God, means that He is unique, incomparable, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscience and matchless, without peer. God’s holiness can be seen in His love for humankind. He is transcendently separate, in a class by Himself. He is subject to nothing. He answers to no one. This is who our Holy God is, he said.
Christ is Holy because His blood was used to save us from our sins. He suffered and was humiliated on the cross because of us, He was crucified, died, and was buried, entered the realm of the dead, rose again from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. He is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from where He will return and come for both of us, this makes Him Holy because He is not selfish. Christ, again, did not utter any words against His oppressors when He was on the cross instead He said “Lord forgive them”. These make Him Holy.
Christ is Trustworthy
Trustworthy is holiness. The Lord never goes against His words; this makes Him Holy because of His promises. In addition, He has told us about the end times. His words about the Messiah came to pass, and so shall His words about the last days, said the Apostle.
Ending the service, Lead Apostle Oppong-Brenya gave words of encouragement and hope to our brethren saying: “Love each other, do not to pay evil with evil, desist from hatred, have one mind, prepare your heart and bless one another because you were called upon these. May the Good Lord bless and protect us. May we hold on onto our faith as New Apostolic Christians until the return of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Bishop Thomas Ampofo, District Rector Appiah and Rector Afrapoe (Dwomo congregation) assisted the Lead Apostle.