The leader of the Takoradi Apostle Working Area, Apostle Sam has charged parents to make a concerted effort to raise their children in a godly manner for God’s service. This was at a special divine service for children in the Tarkwa district at the Tarkwa Central Church.
The Apostle held the service on Saturday February 18, 2023, as part of his focus on children’s services for this year. He based the service on Roman 12:10, ‘Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honour giving preference to one another’
Serving the children, the Apostle narrated the circumstances which led the disciples to reprimand and discourage people who were bringing children to Christ so that He would touch and bless them. But when Jesus saw this, He said to them, ‘Allow the children to come to me, do not forbid them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these’. He explained that once you have been acquainted with Christ, “why should anyone try to prevent you from meeting Him?” as well as having a relationship that glorifies God and builds up the Church and its leaders.
He opined that as children we need to show love among ourselves and be each other’s keeper in other to attain the glory of God. This, the Apostle said to the young ones, as he explained the love of God demonstrated by Jesus on the cross. He encouraged the children to look at Jesus’ sacrifice as the foundation for how to treat others.
He continued to advise the children to desist from bad company and added that they should also find Christian friends that encourage them; pointing out Christ and His word in their life. “An ungodly friend will not elevate your friendship but Godly ones will tell you the truth, not worldly wisdom truth, but truth carefully defined and applied from the word of God”, he said.
Concluding his exhortation, Apostle Sam pressed and advised parents against being too busy and urged them to have time to raise their children in a manner that honours Jesus and presents them back to Him for service when the need arises. He added that if adults prevented the children from coming to Christ then we would have done a great disservice to them.
The Apostle was assisted by District Rector Agyapong and Deputy District Rector Awuah. The service ended with bible recitals and role play performed by the Sunday School children.