The Asankrangwa Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Daniel Kweku Dekpor, has dedicated the Newtown Central Assembly church building in Asankrangwa.
The dedication service, which took place on September 24, 2023, was attended by the Asankrangwa Area pastorate, traditional leaders, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Amenfi West Municipality, and politicians, among others.
Delivering the sermon on the theme, “Burn yourself out and bring light to your generation” based on John 5:31-35, Apostle Dekpor urged Christians to burn themselves out by striving hard to produce light for generations.
Using John the Baptist as a case study, he said John was zealous for God, burnt out, and brought light to others.
He stated that John offered himself to be burned in preparation for the Saviour’s (Jesus Christ) arrival.
He stressed that if we want a future that is great and mega and conducive for living, then we must burn out to produce great light because John burned out for others to enjoy the light.
He continued that one must exhibit fearless character to burn out to produce light, citing John the Baptist’s sermon in Luke 3:3-15, adding that we must be content with what we have to make light for generations as Christians.
Apostle Dekpor admonished believers to be faithful and trustworthy in all their dealings to make light for generations.
He further indicated that ‘burn out’ Christians are consumed by pointing people to Christ Jesus.
He, therefore, charged leaders to burn out to make light for generations, saying that only when they burn out would they be of value to society.
He emphasised that the candle stick is of no value when it remains the same, “but when you light it, it dispels darkness and produces light, though it burns out, and that is what we ought to do as leaders for a better Ghana and The Church of Pentecost.”
He added: “Our toil must be centred on the right outcome and impact for tomorrow.”
Elder Jones Amoako Boafo, the Presiding Elder of the Central Assembly and District Secretary, read a brief history of the project.
He mentioned that the assembly was established in January 1997. However, he noted that the idea to construct the Church building was characterised by the challenges they encountered when fellowshipping in a classroom.
One day, when the church went for service, the school’s headmaster locked all the classrooms and would no longer allow the church to fellowship there. He continued that by God’s grace, the church acquired the current place and subsequently started building a place of worship.
Under the leadership of their former District Minister, Pastor Henry Kwabena Sarfo, the project progressed rapidly, and the foundation stone was laid on July 22, 2016, by Prophet Benjamin Augustus Adobah, now retired, who was the then Area Head.
He acknowledged all past ministers of the Asankrangwa Newtown District for overseeing the project from the beginning until its completion.
He further indicated that the ultramodern project cost the church GHC 1,123,048.00.
The MCE for Amenfi West Municipality, Hon. Lord Nana Tandoh, and the New Patriotic Party parliamentary aspirant for the area, Hon. Ignatius Kwasi Afrifa, were impressed about the building and commended the church greatly by making its corporate responsibilities a priority.
They added that what the church is doing has ignited their appetite to join The Church of Pentecost.
Hon. Afrifa promised to give the church a projector to suit their magnificent edifice.
The District Minister, Pastor Raymond Kwabla Zottor, was commended for continuing the work started by his predecessors and successfully supervising its completion.
The church also expressed appreciation to the founding leaders of the Assembly for their significant contributions to the project and the overall growth of the church.
Report by Jones Boafo Amoako.