Date: January 11, 2017
The Koforidua Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye, has affirmed that a well-disciplined and godly family speaks more about Christ to generations than any sermon preached.
According to him, if Christian couples are disciplined and show godly character it will automatically speak more about Christ to their family members, the unsaved world and unbelieving couples.
Apostle Nyamekye made this assertion on Wednesday while speaking at the Global Ministers and Wives’ Conference 2017 (GMWC’17) of The Church of Pentecost at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa-Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region of Ghana.
Presenting a paper on the topic, “An Example of Christ in Family Life” with scriptural references from 1 Samuel 7:15-16; 8:1-5, Apostle Nyamekye said that the marital lives of the clergy must not only succeed, but must speak of the goodness of God to their generation.
He added that a Christian couple’s worth to God publicly is measured by what they really are in their private life, hence the need to be well-disciplined and be examples of Christ in their families and to the flock God has entrusted into their care.
Apostle Nyamekye, who is an Executive Council Member of the Church, further stated that for the Christian, marriage should be a three-sided relationship consisting of husband, wife and God, which when followed to the letter would speak more about Christ to people.
He challenged the clergy to make Christ the centre of their homes, since a generational blessing is guaranteed if the entire household is included in this relationship.
Quoting Frederick Douglass, an African-American social-reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman, who once said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men,” the Koforidua Area Head admonished Christian couples to build strong children now than to wait to repair broken men later.
Apostle Nyamekye explained that a well-disciplined and godly family will schedule a convenient time that suits the family members for devotions involving music, worship and testimony, teaching the word of God without preaching it; talking to God together on issues and giving each member a role to play to build fellowship.
“This is where an opportunity is created for the family to discuss issues of concern, and occasionally have retreats and tarry meetings,” he stated.
He concluded by quoting Albert Schweitzer, a French-German theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician: “There are only three ways to teach a child. The first is by example, the second is by example, and the third is by example,” and thereby charged Christian couples to be examples in all that they do so that they can teach their children to live exemplary lives.
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