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Be Gracious In Speech – General Secretary Advises Christians

The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has advised Christians to be very circumspect in their utterances and be gracious in speech.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi noted that words are very powerful and should never be uttered carelessly since it could have an adverse impact on the listener or hearer.

“We all know that words can be cruel because they have power. We have all been hurt by what someone said to us. We know that words have staying-power because we carry wounds from our youth where someone said something negative to us or called us by a derogatory name. And even now, we still feel some pain whenever we think about it.

“So, if we know this, why are we still so careless with our words?  Why do we easily spew negativity instead of using the power of words to build ourselves and those around us up and be a positive influence?” he bemoaned.

Reading from 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 and Ephesians 4:29, the General Secretary reminded Christians of their new status in Christ – new creations – and urged them to make conscious efforts to shrug off the old sinful nature in order to reflect the nature of Christ in their conduct and particularly in their speech.

“From the very moment we are regenerated (born again), the old-self is to be put off and should remain nailed to the cross, and we are to ‘put on the new-self.’ This is because we have become a new creation with the new life that is found in Christ,” he explained.

He urged Christians to effectively put on the new nature by making a decisive and deliberate effort to adopt godly attitudes and behaviours while abstaining from carnal things. He also advised them to rid themselves of worldly vices and to stop deceiving, defrauding, or harming others. “We are also advised against sinning when anger rises in our heart, and deal with wrong motives and harmful emotions swiftly,” he added.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi, again, asserted that “Christians do not just read God’s word and study its content in order to expand our knowledge of Scripture, but are required to obey and apply scripture to our everyday life,” adding that “when we walk in the unity of the Spirit and live in the holiness of heart, we mature in the faith, grow in grace, and produce the fruit of humility; patience; gentleness and love.”

He, therefore, encouraged Christians to desist from the use of foul and abusive language because it does not nourish (improve) the lives of their hearers, creates deep wounds, causes unpleasantness in the environment, a sign of spiritual illness or immaturity, and, more importantly, because they will render an account to God on every word that is uttered carelessly. (Matthew 12:34-37)

In the place of unwholesome talk, he advised Christians to always utter gracious words that would edify themselves and those around them.

“As Christians, the words we speak should flow from a heart that is centered on Christ and should minister timely words of grace and encouragement to others,” he said while noting thatanother aspect of gracious speech is the Christian’s ability to resolutely defend their faith in gentleness and respect.”

This passionate appeal by the General Secretary was contained in a sermon titled “Let Your Speech Always Be Gracious And Seasoned With Salt,“ which he delivered on Sunday, December 13, 2020, when he fellowshipped with members of the Osu Central Assembly of the church.

Other scripture references used by Apostle Kumi-Larbi include Ecclesiastes 10:12-14, Proverbs 15:1-2, Proverbs 15:23, Proverbs 18:21 and James 1:26.


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With Passion, We Can Possess The Nations – General Secretary Observes

The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has called on Christians to be a little bit passionate about the things of God in their quest to possess the nations for Christ.

Speaking on Wednesday at the ongoing 2020 Heads’ Meeting on the topic, “Doing the work of God with Passion” with 2 Samuel 6:12-23; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 as his anchor texts, the General Secretary implored believers to be more passionate and zealous in order to do exploits for God, saying, “If we want to do something extraordinary we must have passion for it. We can’t do the work of God anyhow and expect results.”

He indicated that God expects Christians to be fervent in spirit and zealous in good works, and that no matter where they find themselves – whether the environment is conducive or not – they are expected to excel.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi defined passion as “any powerful or compelling feelings or emotions.” According to him, passion is a God-given desire that compels one to make a difference. He added that with strong desires, one can do amazing things. “Passion is the fuel in the fire for action; something that pushes you to go beyond your limit. Without passion, there will be no positive results,” he stated.

Referring to the death of Christ on the cross, the General Secretary stated that Jesus defied all odds to die a shameful death on the cross because of his passion to save humanity. “Jesus was so passionate concerning our salvation. The Bible says that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us,” he said.

Also reading from Jeremiah 20:9, he entreated believers to allow what is in them to well up so that people around them will benefit from their zeal.

To him, it is passion that often separates success and failure. He stated: “A desire fuelled by passion will bring about the greatest results in life. If you are passionate about your vision, dream, and plans, you will get the desired results.”

Talking about the characteristics of passionate people based on2 Samuel 6:12-23, he said that passionate people always want to be close to their passion as reflected in the life of King David who was so passionate about bringing the Ark of God, which represented the presence of God, home.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi further noted that passionate people are hardworking, and their output beats those with talent who fail to work on their talents through discipline and training.

He called on leaders of the church at all levels to be passionate about righteousness, lost souls, and the Gospel, because many souls are dying and are going to hell. “I pray that God will charge us, give us more grace and the power to win souls. We should be passionate about populating the kingdom of God and depopulating hell.”

Concluding his sermon, the General Secretary prayed that God will set members of the church ablaze for them to move without fear to possess the nations.

He stated: “There is something in us that must well up but without passion it will not affect the community. People who are passionate about God are active for God. They make time for God.

“We should make choices that strengthen our close relationship with God. If you want that passion, ask God to give you that grace.

“Your Passion will manifest in your determination to follow Jesus and do his bidding. Once you join Jesus’ party, he must win, because we know no defeat. Let the church arise and do God’s work with passion. Let us do the work of God with passion. Be crazy small for Jesus.”


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Outgoing Ministry Directors Hand Over

Three outgoing Ministry Directors of The Church of Pentecost have formally handed over the administration of their respective ministries to their successors.

The event, which took place on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at the Headquarters in Accra, was supervised by the Chairman of the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC), Apostle David Tettey Tekper, and the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, on behalf of the Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye. Also present to witness the ceremony was Prophet David Kankam Beditor (Ashaiman Area Head/Executive Council Member).

The ceremony saw the outgoing Children’s Ministry Director, Apostle Fred Tiakor, handing over to his successor, Pastor Prof. William Otoo Ellis, while Deaconess Mrs. Grace Lucy Yeboah-Asuama (outgoing Women’s Ministry Director) handed over to her successor, Deaconess Mrs. Philomina Mireku. Apostle Emmanuel Ofei Ankra-Badu (outgoing Pentecost Men’s Ministry Director) also handed over to Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh, the new director.

Both the outgoing Deputy Women’s Director, Deaconess Mrs. Margeret Osei, and the incoming Deputy Director, Deaconess Mrs. Vivian Amfo, were present.

In his remarks, the General Secretary, Apostle Kumi-Larbi, stated that the exercise was very important in the administration of the Church.

He stated that the process has delayed since the Church’s calendar begins in September. This, he said, was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which affected the Church’s calendar.

According to him, the new directors will officially resume work on November 3, 2020.

Pastor Prof. Otoo Ellis, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, thanked God and the leadership of the Church for offering them the opportunity to serve the Church. He also thanked the outgoing directors for the great work done in the ministries.

While calling for the support of leadership, their predecessors, and all stakeholders to help them to effectively carry out their mandates, the new Children’s Director pledged their commitment to do their best to serve the Church in their new positions.


Jesus Holds The Keys Of Death – Apostle Kumi-Larbi

Jesus Holds The Keys Of Death – Apostle Kumi-Larbi

The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has urged all people of the world to believe in Jesus Christ and live because He possesses the antidote to death.

According to him, Jesus Christ holds the keys (remedy) to all deaths (spiritual death, physical death and the second death) and that anyone who believes in Him will enjoy eternal life.

Apostle A.N.Y. Kumi-Larbi said this on April 10, 2020, during a televised Good Friday Service on Pent TV as part of the ongoing 2020 Easter celebration of The Church of Pentecost.

Speaking on the theme of the Convention “Christ Died So I Might Live” based on 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10,  Mark 14:32-50, Matthew 23:48-54, John 14:19 and Revelations 1:17-18, among other Bible references, the General Secretary explained that mankind was created in the image of God and possessed the mind and the Spirit of God. This, he said, enabled human beings to relate with God and share fellowship with Him.

However, he noted, the curse of death was pronounced on all humanity when the first humans, Adam and Eve, ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil even though God had forbidden them (Genesis 2:17).

Elaborating on the three kinds of death – the Spiritual Death, Physical Death and the Second Death, Apostle Kumi-Larbi indicated that Spiritual Death refers to the separation of mankind from God.

He said that as a consequence of mankind’s disobedience to God, they lost the privileged position that they once held among God’s creations.

“As a result of our disobedience, we lost the image and the glory of God we had, and not only that, we have now become separated from God, and this is what is known as spiritual death. Spiritual death is when a person is alive physically, but dead spiritually.

“We are all born spiritually dead, separated from God. The reason we are born spiritually dead has to do with sin. We receive our fallen nature from our parents. After Adam and Eve sinned, the death sentence was pronounced. All other humans have been born with their sinful nature except the Lord Jesus who was born without sin. Therefore, everyone comes into the world spiritually separated from God,” he explained.

Touching on the Physical Death, the General Secretary said that God created humans to live forever, but the “reward” for their disobedience was death. This death, according to him, is the separation between the soul and the human body.

He added that even after the pronouncement of death, the number of years that humans used to enjoy on earth was reduced by God when He became greatly troubled by the increasing wickedness of the human race, adding that human life continues to reduce further due to some human activities.

He, however, stressed that, although, death is an inevitable end for all mortals, “when you believe in Jesus you will live because the Spirit of God in you never dies.”

On the other hand, the Second Death, otherwise known as the Lake of Fire, is the eternal damnation that all unrepentant sinners will be subjected to upon the glorious return of Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:14). He said that “Second Death means man separated from God in the Lake of Fire forever.”

He, however, said that Jesus offers the gift of eternal life to anyone who believes in Him (Romans 6:23) and is the only one who can redeem mankind from all the three deaths.

Drumming home his point, Apostle Kumi-Larbi said that Jesus Christ came down to earth purposely to atone for the sins of humankind and restore all that has been lost. He said that through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the broken relationship between humans and God has been restored. This essentially means that anyone who accepts Christ undergoes a spiritual rebirth and is no longer spiritually dead.

The General Secretary said that even though it is appointed unto men to die once, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead also gives every believer the assurance that Jesus would bring them back to life when He returns, and therefore, they need no longer nurse the fear of death.

He also said that, ultimately, anyone who believes in Jesus Christ would not suffer the Second death, which is eternal damnation but enjoy the gift of eternal life that has been promised to all those who die in the Lord.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi said that Jesus has already paid for the prize of all sins and triumphed over death. He, therefore, urged every person who is yet to receive Christ to reach out to Him so that He would grant them eternal life and take away their fear of death.

He further noted that since the tragic event in the Garden of Eden, human beings continue to battle for their survival and have faced various plagues over the years, including the novel COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in the death of thousands and continues to cause fear and panic across the globe.

“We have faced some pandemics in the past; we have had Spanish Flu, H1N1 etc., and although I do not want to sound like a prophet of doom, I can assure you that COVID-19 pandemic will also pass and another will come in the future; but what is more important is that we secure our life in Christ Jesus so that no matter what happens to us here on earth, we will be assured of eternal life,” he said.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi, therefore, urged unbelievers to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Saviour so that they would also benefit from His vicarious death on the Cross.

He stated that, “Christ rose victorious from the grave…never, ever to die again. His death became our death and the prize for our sin was paid in full. But His resurrected, eternal life became our eternally resurrected life – for just as He identified with our sin and died on our account – so by grace through faith we are identified with His life.”

The Easter Convention of The Church of Pentecost officially began on Thursday, April 9, and would be climaxed on Sunday, April 12, 2020. The event is being telecasted live on Pent TV and Atinka TV. It is also being streamed live on the official Facebook pages of The Church of Pentecost (@thecophq) and Pent TV (@penttvgh).


Translate Your Faith Into Action – General Secretary Tells Christians

The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has advised Christians to live above reproach at the workplace.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi said this on September 25, 2019, at the 4th Bezalel Conference at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh.

Speaking on the topic: “Translating Faith Into Action At The Marketplace,” the General Secretary emphasized that anyone who accepts Christ becomes a new creation and must, therefore, live as a new person in Christ. “This means that God recreates you, and not just polishes you,” he said.

He also noted that Christians must know that Christianity is not a religion or an association, but a lifestyle which emanates from an encounter with God.

“Christianity is a lifestyle that is synonymous to Christ. It is a lifestyle that reminds us of a saving Christ. Hence, our Christian life must draw people to Christ.” he said.

The General Secretary cited Daniel, whom the Bible describes a man with an excellent spirit (Daniel 1:3-4), as an example of an individual who demonstrated godly character at the workplace.

He noted that Daniel was faithful and blameless in all his endeavours and that distinguished him from the other officials.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi also said that, just like Daniel, Christians who try to be honest, diligent and faithful at the workplace may face persecution but they should always uphold their Christian virtues to dispel corruption at the workplace.

“Christians who do not partake in wrongdoing may face persecution. However, God knows why he has placed you there, so accept the challenge!” he said.

The General Secretary said that it was important for Christians to be pure and blameless at the workplace because they spend most of the day there.

He, therefore, urged Christians to be disciplined and to live above reproach. “Our comfort should not compromise rules. Rather, let those around you to see you as the Light of the World and the Salt of the Earth,” he said.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi explained that most Christians are unable to apply their Christian virtues at the workplace because they seek acceptance from their colleagues and employers.

“The tragedy today is that Christians do not know the true meaning of separation, they seek acceptance. They do not appreciate the wisdom that they should not be yoked with unbelievers. We must be separated in character and deed, for a good name is better than riches” he said.

He advised Christians to hold fast to their Christian identity and not to compromise their virtues so as to fit in. He encouraged them to emulate Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego, who did not compromise on their Jewish identity when they were taken to Babylon as slaves.

“Don’t mess your Christian identity or you will mess up your destiny. Rather, take your Christian identity to the workplace,” he said.

Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi admonished Christians to translate their faith into action because faith without works is dead and true faith transforms life (James 2:14-26). He also advised employers to treat their employees fairly (Deuteronomy 24:13-15) by consistently paying the agreed salary or remuneration, providing a safe working environment for workers and also providing adequate resources to enable them to work effectively


Christians Cautioned Against Paying Or Accepting Bribes

The General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has warned Christians that paying or accepting bribes in any form is an offence against God.

The Chief Scribe said this when he joined members of Pentecost International Worship Centre, Odorkor (PIWC-Odorkor) for church service on February 9th, 2020.

Preaching a sermon titled: “Bribery and Extortion” as part of a series of messages on the topic: “Living A Life Of Integrity As A Christian,” Apostle Kumi-Larbi expressed disdain about how the payment of bribes has become a common practice in Ghana, cautioning that “bribery is a characteristic of a corrupt society.”

He defined bribery as money, favour, or other consideration given in exchange for one’s influence against what is true, right, or just. “Any benefit given or accepted to influence decisions is a bribe. Bribery is an offence against God, the weak, the innocent and the community,” he explained.

Giving a brief historical background of the act of bribery, Apostle Kumi-Larbi said that, it was a customary practice of the ancient Israelites to offer gifts to people in authority as a sign of respect. He, however, stated that such gifts were sometimes given as a form of bribe to influence judicial procedures. As a result, Moses, the leader of Israel at the time, cautioned the Israelites against bribery to prevent abuses in their legal system.

According to the General Secretary, laws against bribery were given to the Israelites by Moses to so that they could clamp down on the practice, because it jeopardised justice and righteousness in society. He further quoted Exodus 23:8, Deuteronomy 16:19, Job 15:34 and Proverbs 17:23 to buttress the Bible’s categorical stance against all forms of bribery.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi pointed out that although receiving or paying bribes may bring temporary comfort; its consequences may be far-reaching. He referred to the story of Judas in Matthew 26:14-16, who took a bribe to betray Jesus, an innocent man. He said that although Judas later regretted his actions, his action came too late because he had caused the death of a righteous man.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi also cited the story of the soldiers who were charged with guarding Jesus’ tomb. who They took a bribe from the chief priests and elders to lie about the disappearance of the body of Jesus from the tomb as recorded in the Gospel according to St. Matthew 28:12-15. “Many Jewish people have perished, and many more are going to perish because of the lie the soldiers told, and the blood of these people will be on their hands,” he lamented.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi, therefore, advised Christians to desist from paying or accepting bribes to grant or to receive any form of favours “From all indications, bribery perverts justice. It is a blinding influence upon wisdom and discernment. It beclouds the truth and perverts or twists the words of those who would be righteous in the sight of God,” he said.

He advised Christians to do nothing out of vain conceit or selfish gain, to be content with what they have, and uphold their integrity in all circumstances. “Our God values honesty and truthfulness, because they ensure a just society. The Christian who has integrity is sound, reliable, trustworthy and can be described as dependable,” he advised.


General Secretary Calls For Attitudinal Change Towards The Environment

The General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has called on Ghanaians to rethink and change their negative attitudes towards the environment.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi said this during a consultative meeting organized by the La Area with some stakeholders within the La Municipality and environs on February 18th, 2020.

Reading from Genesis 2:15, the General Secretary said that after creating humans, God placed them in in the Garden of Eden to work and take care of it. However, poor sanitation and ever-growing environmental issues confronting the country attests that Ghanaians have failed to live up to this mandate. He said that there is, therefore, the need for an attitudinal change in tackling the poor sanitary conditions in the country.

Making reference to the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, he said that, the Prodigal Son changed the course of his life after “he came to himself” and realized that he was on the wrong path.

“In the same way, we as Ghanaians must come to ourselves, and understand that, what we are doing is wrong and begin to change our ways. This is why we are calling for an attitudinal change,” he said. He indicated that in order to ensure a more effective Environmental Care campaign, it is important that the Ghanaian populace come on board and to own it.

“What this means is that, The Church of Pentecost will no longer own the vision, rather we are selling it to the Ghanaian populace. So that it will no longer be regarded as a vision of the church, but an agenda of Ghana to make our environment clean,” he said.

He revealed that the leadership of the Church has received very positive feedback from some Districts and Areas of the church who have engaged key actors of the community in a durbar on how to deal with their respective environmental challenges.