Date: June 14, 2017
The President of the Apostolic Faith Mission, South Africa, Rev. Dr Frank Chikane, has advised Christians not to keep the gospel message to themselves, but to employ all means possible in ensuring the spread of the gospel to the unsaved.
“Jesus did not die for Christians alone. We (Christians) are saved because Jesus died, but He didn’t die for only us; He died for the whole world; so we must not keep it to ourselves, we must also reach out to the unsaved with the gospel,” he said.
Rev. Dr Chikane said this on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, during the Next Generation Youth Network21 - Africa (NGYN21 - Africa) Youth Leaders Consultative meeting held at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region.
According to the renowned South African political activist, Christians have a divine responsibility to ensure that the gospel of Jesus Christ is propagated to the ends of the world and must not allow anything to deter them from achieving this goal.
“We have not been able to reach out to some places with the Gospel not because there are challenges but because Christians ourselves are the [ones impeding the spread of the gospel]. We are the problem. Sometimes we say we don’t have enough financial resources to propagate the gospel. But the truth is we don’t need money to spread the Gospel, what we need is to be fired up by the Holy Spirit [for the cause], and the Holy Spirit Himself will make a way” he charged.
Rev. Frank Chikane, who is also a Co-Chair of Empowered21-Africa, explained that the mission of the Empowered21 NGYN Movement is to help shape the future of the Global-Spirit empowered movement throughout the world by focusing on crucial issues facing the movement and to connect generations for intergenerational impartation and blessing.
“Next Generation Network, therefore, comes in to connect generations for intergenerational impartation and blessing and to reach out to the unreached so that every person on the earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033,” he added.
Referring to the story of Elisha and Elijah in 2 Kings 2, Rev. Dr Chikane said that just as Elisha sought a double portion of his master’s anointing, youth leaders must also yearn to do more in their generation than other past leaders have done.
Rev. Dr Chikane noted that Jesus Christ has assured Christians in John 14:12 that when they believe in Him and avail themselves they would be able to do greater works than He did while on earth.
He, therefore, challenged youth leaders to aspire to do greater exploits, saying that: “What we need is a double portion of the Lord’s anointing and when we have received it, we will be able to change the world,” he said.
The Next Generation Youth Network 21 (NGYN21) is a global Spirit-empowered network instituted by the Empowered21 global-spirit movement to specifically connect the next generation youth ministry leaders in the Spirit-filled movement.
The network seeks to build leaders, unite voices, resource like-minded groups, connect movements and preach Jesus to all nations.
The NGYN21- Africa Consultative Meeting in Ghana, which was officially opened today [June 14], is being attended by Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah (Co-Chair, Empowered21-Africa), Rev. Dr. Frank Chikane ( Co-Chair, Empowered21-Africa), Apostle Samuel Antwi (General Secretary of GPCC and Council Secretary of Empowered21- Africa), Rev. Michelle Ouadrago (Co-Chair of Empowered21-Africa, Francophone), Apostle David Nyansah Hayfron (Youth Director, COP) and other youth leaders from various African countries including Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and South Africa.
The consultative meeting would also explore ways of ensuring more African youth participation at the upcoming Empowered21 Congress scheduled for Johannesburg, South Africa. The event is expected to end on Thursday, June 15, 2017.
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