Confirmation is celebrated in the context of a divine service. First, the confirmands answer the question as to whether they intend to remain faithful to God with their "Yes" word. Afterward they recite their confirmation vow together. It is given before God and the congregation. On Sunday April 23, 2023, fifty-eight (58) young brothers and sisters from the Accra East and Accra West Districts met at the Accra Central Church to make their vows.
The divine service was led by Apostle Charles Asare with text word from Psalms 143:10, “Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.”.
Delivering the sermon, the Apostle remarked: “Brethren in Christ, the Psalmist wrote, ‘I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord”’. I believe we have come to God's House with joy. Also, Christ said, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws Him.". This attests that, we also have been drawn to assemble at the Lord’s House to offer praises, thanksgiving and in return He gives us the word of truth and sacraments.
He continued: “Today, our children will make their vows before God to live in uprightness, be hearers and doers of His word as He had delivered them from many atrocities. In the Old Testament, God revealed His love through His commandments by Moses, and again through His Son, Jesus Christ, whom through His teachings taught us the Will of the Father. God said unto the people of Israel; “If you listen to My Words, and do My Will, I will abide with you.” Clearly, there was none who obeyed every word of God to the finish. But God still wants to teach us His will, so we follow His teachings and dwell with Him eternally.
The Apostle further enumerated,
- God spoke to Noah of His intentions to destroy the world excluding him (Noah) and his family. This happened because Noah walked with God and did His Will in all faithfulness.
- After Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River, a voice came from heaven and said, ‘This is my beloved Son, hear him’. Then, He was led into the wilderness and tempted by the devil. But Jesus responded saying, ‘It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’. Let us act and think unanimously with Christ and Noah by obeying God’s word and doing His will.
Concluding the sermon, Apostle Asare emphasized that, Christians must be patient, sober and vigilant because the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He also admonished the confirmands to:
- Remain faithful to God, do His will and in return receive God's blessings.
- Publicly profess their NAC faith as expressed in our Creed.
- Actively engage in congregational life by joining the choir, orchestra, and assisting the Sunday School.
As a tradition, the confirmands also received hymnals and a special letter from our Chief Apostle Jean Luc-Schneider, which was read by Sister Mavis Donkor, a Sunday School tutor.
The Apostle was assisted by District Rectors Egyabeng, Arhin and Priests Agyeman and Damankah.