Date: August 17, 2016
The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, has called on Christians to trust and obey the Lord in order to see results.
The IMD said this while delivering the closing message at the 2016 North America Apostolization in Toronto, Canada. The bi-annual event took place from July 22-28 on the theme: “Hearing and Obeying the Lord’s Voice in My Generation” (1 Samuel 3: 9-10). It was a time of teachings, prayer, impartation, and fellowship for leaders of the churches across North America. There were ministers and wives sessions as well as general sessions that included all other officers.
Delivering the keynote address to climax the event on the topic, “Hearing and Obeying Produces Results” based on Luke 5:1-11, the IMD, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, stated that Jesus used the ‘failed boat’ which had been abandoned by its frustrated owners as a platform to preach the gospel to the people, saying, “Anything that seems to have failed you, be it your children, job, marriage, etc. hang on to it until Jesus comes, because Jesus can turn things around.”
Peter, the experienced fisherman, the IMD noted, after his initial protest and reluctance, turned around to do what Jesus told him to do. “What God will do and use you to do in people’s lives will come to you in a way you did not expect. If you trust and obey, you will see results in your life, the church, and your family,” he added.
Apostle Gyesi-Addo had earlier on spoken on, “Promoting Healthy Coexistence to Impact Generations” based on Acts 6:1-7. He indicated that a healthy co-existence is also a proof of our hearing and obeying the Lord’s voice, adding that where there is the opposite, it means some people are not obeying the voice of God.
The IMD identified factionism as one of the challenges of growth in the early church as the Hellenistic Jews group complained and murmured against the Hebraic Jews.
He stated: “In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, male or female; we are all one. We must be open and accepting, friendly towards each other, giving and helping, ministering and receiving ministry from all.
“Again, we should be careful we don’t sit down for groups or cliques to emerge along ethnic, racial, gender lines. It may be alright for the world to bring people together along ethnic lines, etc. but as a church, we must see ourselves in Christ. Christ is our identity. Of course culture plays a very important role in our lives. It influences us in ways that sometimes we ourselves cannot imagine. But in the church of Christ, we should endeavour to see ourselves as one.
“As a church we should be very careful that when God has brought all of us together, and you see people who do not necessarily look like you, speak like you, who do not dress like you, do their hairdo like you, be very careful not to consider those people less of children of God. The same way you would want to be treated with respect and dignity, accord the same to all manners of people in the church. Because at every point in time, there will be diversity of people and variety is good. God is a God of variety.
“The beauty of flowers is because they are not made of one colour. What a boring world it would be if everybody looked like you with the same nose, same head, etc! But God in His infinite wisdom created us and gave us certain peculiarities and we must respect and cherish that. There are over seven billion people on earth at the moment- no two people have the same fingerprint. Why did God do that? Because He knew that we were to fulfill different roles in His eternal agenda.”
The IMD further stated that the early apostles recognized and declared their core mandate and they did not want to be sidetracked from that. He therefore called on church leaders to focus on their core mandate of evangelism and discipleship, and also be flexible with change so far as it does not go against doctrine and avoid cliques or discrimination against others.
Other speakers at the event were: Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi (General Secretary), Apostle Dr. Emmanuel Anthony Owusu (Executive Council Member and RCC Chair for North America), Apostle Michael Agyemang-Amoako (Area Head, Washington Region) and Apostle Johnson Agyemang Baduh (Odorkor Area Head, Ghana).
Present were: Apostle Sampson Ofori Yiadom (National Head, Canada), Apostle J. S. Gyimah (retired), Apostle George Korankye (UK), Apostle Augustus Asemnor (Area Head, Western Region, USA), Apostle Samuel Arthur (Chicago), Apostle John K. Appiah (New Jersey), Apostle Peter Amponsah (New York), Evangelist Stephen Omane-Yeboah (Atlanta), Pastor John Ofori (National Head, COP Japan), Pastor James Mckeown Quainoo (Eastern Canada), and Rev. Dr. Alex Agyei-Gyamera (Western Canada). Also in attendance were representatives from other sister churches in Toronto and the Consul General for Ghana in Toronto, Hon. John Bosco Derry-Kpebesani.
Report by: Pastor Richard Adjei
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