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Supporting Missions Work Demands Christian Maturity - Chairman

Date: January 8, 2018


The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost (COP), Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, has stated that it takes a high level of Christian maturity for one to be able to do and support the work of missions.

According to him, unless one is matured enough to look beyond their present surroundings and see the need for people of all nations to receive Jesus Christ, they would care little about doing or supporting missions work.

Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, who doubles as the President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), said this on January 5, 2018, when he delivered the Keynote Address at the Students Mission Awareness Conference (SMAC 2018) of the Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students (GHAFES) at the University of Ghana, Legon. The event is under the theme: “Behold The Fields Are Ripe.”

Speaking on the topic: “Rebuilding The Tabernacle of David,” based on 1 Chronicles 7, 15 & 16, the Chairman stated that the first major council of the Jews in Acts 15 is perhaps the most important council stated in the Bible, because it was the day they made a decision on how to handle the Gentiles who had come to believe in Jesus Christ.

According to him, until then, the Israelites had only seen salvation as a package for the Israelites and not for non-Jewish people.

He explained that there was a bone of contention among the disciples as to whether the Gentiles should be made to undergo circumcision or not.

For them, only the Israelites had a stake in Jesus Christ. As a result, they did not know how to handle the people of other cultures who had come to faith in Christ.

The Chairman further noted that James, who served as the Chairperson of that Council, settled the matter by referring to a prophecy made by Amos in Amos 9:11-2, that the “Lord would restore the tabernacle of David.”

Expounding further with 1 Chronicles 7, 15 and 16, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah noted that during the reign of David as king of Israel, he put up a tabernacle that housed the Ark of God. The Ark of God, he said, was the presence of God among the Israelites in the Old Testament.

However, after Uzzah, one of the Levites who was serving in the tabernacle, died after touching the Ark of God, David became afraid and sent it to Obed-Edom, a man from Palestinian descent, to keep it. Obed-Edom and his family prospered greatly after the Ark of God was brought to him.

Later, when David realised that the family of Obed-Edom was prospering, he requested that the Ark of God should be returned to the tabernacle and also asked Obed-Edom and his family to join the Levites in attending to the Ark of God in the tabernacle.

“By this, Obed-Edom, a man who was a gentile, and his descendants were allowed to serve in the tabernacle of David,” he stated.

The Chairman further noted that James, by referring to the prophecy, implied that the Tabernacle of David which was lost after the Israelites went into slavery has been restored through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

As a result, Obed-Edom, who represents all gentiles, still has the opportunity to also serve in the tabernacle of God. In other words, now people of all nations, and not only Israelites have the opportunity of being saved through Jesus Christ.

Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah stated that it is incumbent on every Christian to ensure that the gospel message reaches the unsaved in every part of the world. He said that it is not right for Christians to only focus on evangelising people within their cultures but transcend borders.

He stated that spreading the gospel demands a united effort on the part of Christians in order to bring all people to the saving knowledge of Lord Jesus Christ.

The Chairman concluded by stating that it takes Christian maturity for one to propagate the gospel to unbelievers of all nations, to give out money in support of missions work, to pray for missionaries on the missions field and to offer words of encouragement to missionaries through phone calls, messages, email, etc.

He, therefore, called on Christians to change their attitude towards missions work and join forces together to promote missions work globally.

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