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CoP-Uganda Gets 2000-Seater National Auditorium, Head Office

A 2000-seater National Auditorium of The Church of Pentecost in Uganda has been dedicated to the glory of God. The edifice, which also houses the National Office of the church, was dedicated by the International Missions Director (IMD) of the church, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, on December 13, 2020.

The construction of the edifice began in 2015 during the time of Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang-Bekoe, then National Head, and completed in 2020 under the current National Head, Pastor James Oko-Barnor. It was funded by the General Headquarters of the church in Ghana through the Missions Board.

The dedication ceremony was ably assisted by Pastor James Oko-Barnor (National Head). It attracted many dignitaries such as Apostle Seth Fianko-Larbi (National Head of Kenya, who also doubles as the Chairman of the East African Regional Coordinating Committee), Apostle Simon Mutete Olomayiani (Kenya), Pastor Gabriel Arianda (Kenya), Pastor Moses Onyango (Head Pastor, Rivers of Life Ministries, Kampala), Godfrey Ojok (CEO of Gotino Construction), and Mr. Kawoya Abdul (LC1 of the area).

Also in attendance were representatives from Mbarara and Kampala Areas.

Preaching the sermon, Apostle Gyesi-Addo, who officiated the service, took his scripture reading from Matthew 7:24-27 and spoke about the wise and the foolish builders.

Apostle Gyesi-Addo said that the outward beauty of the building is what is usually seen and appreciated. “What makes the building solid, strong, and able to withstand all the adverse conditions are not seen and that is the foundation,” he stated.

He indicated that the Lord used a house to represent the life of an individual. He brought out the moral lessons that the outward beauty of the Christian is good and can be splendid and be seen by all but that is not the most important thing in the believer. The most important thing in the believer, the IMD stated, is their foundation.

“What is your foundation? Is your foundation sand or solid rock? The sand can be anything in our lives which we have built our faith on but that is not Christ,” he said, adding, “We might be relying on our strength, intellect, skill, money, properties, children, health, etc. If these are our foundations, then there is a lot to be desired. We must note that there are bad days and those bad days will test the strength of our foundations.”

Reading Matthew 7: 25 & 27 “And the rain came down, and the floods came, and the wind blew and beat on that house,” Apostle Gyesi-Addo noted that Jesus used a similar statement of what would happen to both the good building and the bad building.

“The end results of your building is what matters most when those adverse conditions occur,” he stated, stressing that the Christian is not insulated from the harsh conditions of life just as the unbeliever also go through equal harsh conditions of life.

“Christ requires us to allow ourselves to develop traits of His character in us so that we can still stand in the days of adversity.

“Christ stood even unto the cross so that we can receive salvation, mercy, and grace. There may be a heavy rain in your life right now causing floods and perhaps torrential wind or a typhoon but if you trust in God and believe in what He has promised you, then the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against the floods in your life and victory shall be yours.

“The Spirit of the Lord will not eat up the floods, but He will lift you up above the destructive floods against you for you to be above it and not being consumed by it.”

Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo challenged believers to check their foundations properly and ensure that it is solid and strong in Christ because Christ is the only foundation and the roofing of the church.

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The Spirit Of God Gives Life – Apostle Gyesi-Addo

The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, has entreated Christians to consistently yearn for the presence of the Holy Spirit who is the sustainer of the church and the believer.

“If the Spirit gives life, then what is our problem? Let us avail ourselves and yield to the power of the Holy Spirit; let’s give him time and the space to give us life,” he stated.   

Apostle Gyesi-Addo was speaking on Day-4 of the 2020 Heads’ Meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2020, on the topic, “The Spirit Gives Life” – John 6:63, to participants across the globe via zoom.

He asserted that if revival is bringing back to life, then there is none better to do that kind of work than the one who gives life – Jesus Christ. He however said that Jesus himself referred to the Holy Spirit as the one who gives life, because the Spirit is his direct representative on the planet earth.

The IMD explained that for Jesus to say that the Holy Spirit gives life means that the Spirit gives animation and vitality to the church. “He is the one who produces and supplies energy to the church,” he pointed out.

He used the story of the creation of man in Genesis 2:7 to explain his point. According to him, the account gives three scenarios – God forming the man from the dust of the ground; God breathing into his nostrils the breath of life (spirit), and the man responding to become a living soul.

According to the IMD, the first scenario depicts the church both at individual and corporate levels without the Spirit, saying, “The church without the Spirit is lifeless, cold, unexciting, lacks spiritual energy like the man formed without the breath of God.”

He added: “The church without the Spirit is like the body without the Spirit of God. But when God breathes into it, it will be revived.

“When Jesus said that, ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail upon it,’ he implied that he will build a kind of church that has life such that the forces of evil shall not be able to stand against it. Jesus was sure of this because he knew that after his departure, the Spirit of God will come and breathe life into the church and will be with them forever. After his resurrection, he appeared to them and breathed upon them.”

Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo took the participants back to the early days of The Church of Pentecost when the church went through serious struggles following the splits and indicated that the fortunes of the church were turned around by the power of the Holy Spirit, which the leadership relied wholly upon. He said that the same God is still at work in the church and the lives of individuals.

To keep a constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14), he called on believers never to neglect the presence of the Spirit. He asked them to continue to enjoy the grace of Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

He also entreated the church to continue to pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit for new converts and noted that every believer must subject him/herself to the baptism in the Holy Spirit.   

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Build On The Solid Foundation Of Christ – IMD Tells Newly-Called Missionaries

Build On The Solid Foundation Of Christ – IMD Tells Newly-Called Missionaries

The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo has asked Missionaries to build on the solid foundation of Christ.

Apostle Gyesi-Addo said this on Friday, June 7, 2019, at the Pentecost Theological Seminary during the Missions Orientation seminar that was organized for newly-called Missionaries of The Church of Pentecost.

Reading from 1 Corinthians 3:11, he explained that the solid foundation is Jesus Christ and that anyone building on it must build according to the pattern that has already been laid.

He observed that in these last days some Ministers of Christ have lost focus due to audiences who have itching ears to specific messages. “In these last days, some preachers are not preaching the core salvation message. Because they want to keep large numbers, they try to satisfy the itching ears of their congregations. But we must not do that,” he said.

The IMD stressed that every Missionary and every Christian must preach the authentic message of Jesus Christ, for if the foundation is destroyed what can the righteous do (Psalm 11:3).

Making a further reference to Isaiah 28:16 and 1 Peter 2:4-6, Apostle Gyesi-Addo explained that a prominent feature of the foundation worthy to be built on is that, it should have been tried and tested. He added that Jesus Christ is the only tried and tested foundation that the Missionary must build upon. Using the analogy of the Samaritan Woman in John 4, he explained that, people rushed to Christ through her testimony, but their spiritual growth was rooted in the latter and not the former.

Delving into biblical exegesis, the IMD explained from 1 Corinthians 3:12-14 that, building on the Solid Foundation with materials such as gold, silver and costly stones show sound doctrine as well as preaching Christ with worthy motive. However, building on the foundation with materials such as wood, hay or straw is the evidence of erroneous doctrine or unworthy motive of preaching Christ where the resultant effect is a church packed with unregenerate members.

Apostle Gyesi-Addo charged Missionaries to ensure that their messages focus on the person of Christ (Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:30-35), the word of Christ (John 8:58; Matthew 28:18; Luke 10:19) and the works of Christ (Luke 4:18, Matthew 11:4-6). The IMD explained that, sound doctrine is essential in the church for various reasons. Among them are; the Early Church was built on sound doctrine (Hos. 4:6; Acts 15), in this age of relativism, Christians must know what they believe. He added that, sound doctrine helps to test the spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:20; 1 John 4:1) and ensures Discipleship and Christian maturity.

Furthermore, he said sound doctrine in the church is also essential for effective evangelism (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), an authentic source of church practices, providing a good foundation for the exercise of spiritual gifts and making a distinction between Christians and other religions. Again, sound doctrine is essential in the Church to combat false teachings (Titus 1:9-11). It also helps to handle life situations such as bereavement (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

The IMD intimated that, when sound doctrine is not taught, the effects on the Body of Christ are spiritual illiteracy, spiritual bondage, spiritual ignorance and spiritual perdition.

Report By: Pastor Gordon Ansah

IMD Dedicates Adidogome Central Temple In Togo

IMD Dedicates Adidogome Central Temple In Togo

It was all joy and jubilation when the International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, joined the Church in Lome to dedicate the Adidogome Central Temple in Lome, Togo on August 24, 2019.

Present to assist the IMD was the outgoing National Head of the Church in Togo, Apostle Ousmane Patinde Zabre and his national leadership as well as the incoming National Head, Apostle Komi Edina Agbavitoh.

The temple which was constructed at the cost of 80million CFA, received funding from the International Missions Office (General Headquarters in Ghana), the National Office in Togo and some individuals.

The church in Adidogome was established on September 22, 1995. The assembly initially had their service at the salon of a sister and later moved to a classroom of a private school. In 1999, it was moved to Agbemadon, where they worshipped in a tent. Having lasted for a year, the assembly relocated to a private school in the year 2000.

In 2002, the leadership of the church bought a piece of land at the cost of 6.9million CFA to construct a permanent church building. The project took off during the time of Apostle Komi Edina Agbavitoh, the then National Head, but the actual construction began in 2012 when Apostle Ousmane Zabre took over as National Head.

Delivering the sermon on the theme, “Being an Agent of Transformation” based on Isaiah 58:12, 1 Peter 2:5, Pastor George Prah Amonoo said God through the Chairman and the Executive Council has given the church a vision, thus Vision 2023 to possess the nations. The vision, he said, seeks to equip the members with godly values to impact the world with Kingdom principles and values.

Explaining the texts, he said in the ancient days’ cities were built with walls for protection. He indicated that cities with fortified walls were secured and had peace. Using the anecdote of the ancient wall, he explained that in the Bible wall symbolises God’s protection and security.

He, however, said broken walls stand for a life that is lived in sin, a life that is in shambles and has no protection of God.

“Today, many walls are broken. The walls of families are broken; the fortified walls of our nations are broken through immoral life, corruption, sin, and alcohol and drug abuse. Corruption is everywhere and the fortified walls of righteousness are broken down.

“Many families are in shambles because the walls are broken. Families are shattered by divorce and many children have become street children,” he bemoaned.

He called on Christians to rise up to restore righteousness and Kingdom values in every place they found themselves in order to rebuild the broken walls of the family, society and the nations.

“Vision 2023 is a call to bring the people back to God. All of us are being called upon to be agents of transformation. We should be repairers of broken walls wherever we are,” he stressed.

In order to be agents of transformation, Pastor George Amonoo entreated Christians to preach the message of transformation (the good news) to people around them, pray to God to open their eyes to see the dying souls around them, and also endeavour to live a transformed life.

Jesus Is Much More than a saviour

Jesus Is Much More Than A Saviour – Apostle Gyesi-Addo

The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, has advised Christians to acknowledge Jesus Christ, not only as their Saviour, but also as the Lord of their lives.

According to the IMD, “to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord means that, He is ruler, boss, owner of all things and master of one’s whole life, and that He is the one who exercises authority, power and influence over others. He cannot be Lord of a part – He must be given control of one’s entire life.”

Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo said this on February 15th, 2020, during a presentation on the topic, “The Christian and the Lordship of Christ” at the maiden Francophone Ministers and Wives’ Conference at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh near Kasoa in the Central Region.

In his presentation, the IMD said that, the conversion or adoption of a believer as a child of God begins with the belief, acceptance and confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Saviour. However, he observed that in contemporary Christianity, more emphasis is placed on the saving grace of Jesus Christ, while little or no mention is made of His lordship. “Many contemporary Christians have been introduced to the benefits of salvation through Christ without having to accept the ‘inconvenient’ challenge of His lordship over their lives. As a result, many Christians today, are very comfortable with Jesus in a manger and Jesus crucified on the cross, but not how we may share in His suffering (Galatians 2:20),” he explained.

Reading Luke 4:8, he explained that, “Jesus is our Saviour because He is the only one who is anointed to save humanity, proclaim the Good News, heal the sick and deliver the oppressed. So, most people love the Jesus who delivers. But Jesus is not only our Saviour, He is also our Lord!”

He explained that living a victorious Christian life calls for a life of commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ; for this reason, every Christian must submit to the authority of Jesus Christ.

He asserted that, “If anyone recognises Jesus Christ as Lord, then the first requirement from such a person is utter and total obedience. Obedience must be immediate and not delayed because obedience delayed is the same as disobedience.” Apostle Gyesi-Addo, therefore, challenged Christians to submit to Christ by bringing every area of their lives under His sovereign rule.

He indicated that the love for Christ and a clear conscience should inform every Christian’s motive for submitting to His Lordship. (1 John 4:19; 2 Corinthians 5:14). However, very often some Christians, who profess Jesus as their Lord, do not portray lifestyles, attitudes and deeds that support their claim.

The IMD, therefore, urged ministers to consciously teach church members, especially new converts to know and understand that Jesus Christ is not only their Saviour, but also their Lord, and for this reason, He must be given control over their entire lives.

Jesus Died To Benefit The Entire Human Race – Apostle Gyesi-Addo

Jesus Died To Benefit The Entire Human Race – Apostle Gyesi-Addo

The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, has declared that Jesus Christ did not die a vicarious death for Himself, but suffered so that humanity would be set free from sin and eternal damnation.

He explained that for one to benefit from the death of Jesus Christ, they must acknowledge Him as their Lord and personal Saviour and He will turn their sorry situations around. 

“Jesus went through hell which separated Him from God. For the first time He couldn’t call God, ‘Father’ because He took our place and bore the sins of the world upon Himself; it was not for His sake. He died that we might live. He went through hell so that we may not go through hell again. He did that as punishment for sin in order to save us,” he pointed out.  

Apostle Gyesi-Addo stated this in a sermon on the Good Friday on PENT TV as part of the 2020 Easter celebration by The Church of Pentecost which is being held on the theme, “Jesus Died That I Might Live” – 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10.

Speaking on the topic, “The Message of the Cross” based on John 19:28-30; 1 Corinthians 1:18, he explained that the cross was a symbol of shame, punishment, and curse and that death on the cross was only reserved for the most wicked criminal.

However, he stated, when Jesus went up to the cross, the narration about the cross changed, saying, “Every situation that Jesus comes into, He transforms it even if it is one of a shame and curse when Jesus associates Himself with that kind of situation, He transforms it.

“From the time Jesus went to the cross and associated Himself with it, today the cross has become a symbol of glory and beauty. So no matter how your life is, just invite Him into it and He will transform your life.”

According to the IMD, there are so many theories that have been fabricated by men about the death of Christ. He said that some people say that Jesus fainted and died, others say that just as He was about to die His body was smuggled, while others also say that he was exchanged for someone else. “No matter what the theories say, the Bible confirms that Jesus died and the fact is that He did not die for Himself – He died to bring benefit to others; He died that we might live,” he stressed.

Apostle Gyesi-Addo mentioned that the physical sufferings that Jesus went through was meant to give eternal life to men. “The Lamb of God was killed in order to give us life. He went through intense sufferings for our sake; He went through hell for us. Jesus was made sin and, therefore, had to pay the penalty of sin, and the penalty of sin is death,” he pointed (2 Corinthians 5:21; Luke 16:19-24).

He indicated that when Jesus shouted, “Tetelestai” meaning “It is finished,” it implied that He had finished the task of working on the salvation of humanity that was assigned Him by God, that all His sufferings on earth from the beginning of His ministry all the way to the cross had come to an end; the period of fasting, temptations, the insults, false accusations, hunger and thirst, weeping, emotional and physical torture had all come to an end.

“Whatever you go through in life has an expiry date written on it. You may not see it but God sees and one day it is going to be over. One day every suffering will come to an end,” he assured.

“When Christ cried Tetelestai, He was saying that the work given to Him by the Father has been accomplished. It means that every debt – the debt of sin, weakness and shortcomings, the debts of our parents and ancestors that have had bearings on us have been paid in full.

“You don’t owe the devil anything for Jesus’ sake. So as we celebrate Easter this year, it doesn’t matter the condition under which we are celebrating it, the message of the Cross is still the relevant and the same,” he stated.