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Manifest The Glory And Beauty Of God – Apostle Obeng Andoh Charges Christians

The Sunyani Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Mark Obeng Andoh, has called on Christians to manifest and reflect the glory and beauty of God in every sphere of their lives.

“As Christians, we must be conscious of the fact that the paramount desire of God is that there may be glory in His church,” he stated.

Apostle Obeng Andoh, a former Executive Council Member of the church, said this on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, during the Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo Regional session of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference at the Pastoral Center in Sunyani.

The conference brought together ministers and their wives from the three regions in the enclave.

Apostle Andoh stated: “The Church can not possess the nations if it fails to carry the glory of God.”

In defining the word ‘glory,’ he said that it was derived from the Hebrew word “Kabowd” which means ‘weight’ or ‘heaviness,’ but used figuratively in the sense of splendour, abundance, honour, or glory. He added that the opposite is ‘Ichabod,’ which means the glory has departed.

Using 1 Samuel 4:1-10, Ephesians 4:1 as his key texts, he explained that what makes a church stands out is its spiritual weight, which is seen in the manifestation of the attributes of God. He mentioned that these attributes come in two ways, that is, communicable and incommunicable attributes. 

According to him, communicable attributes are what God shares with human beings, like His goodness, kindness, faithfulness, patience, self-control amongst others, whereas the incommunicable attributes are that which are essential and exclusive to Him alone. For example, His omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, immutability amongst others.

He, therefore, challenged all believers to refuse to accept to be ordinary believers and ensure that the glory of God stays in His church.

He mentioned that when the glory of God is in His church, worship and sacrifices are made spontaneously without compulsion, people respond easily to the gospel and the Church also experiences the supernatural and transformation.

Apostle Mark Obeng Andoh advised ministers of the gospel and wives to cultivate the habit of developing their own gifts and avoid copying other people’s ministry for everyone shall give an account of what God has entrusted into their care.

In attendance are Apostle Isaac Nii Kotey Djani (Techiman Area Head and Chairman for Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Coordinating Committee), Apostle William Edzohoho (Goaso Area Head), Apostle Samuel Berko (Berekum Area Head), and Pastor Daniel Frimpong Manso (Tepa Area Head), among others.

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Love One Another – Prophet Kankam Beditor Tells Believers

“God is love and commands us to love Him. However, we cannot say we love God, yet we hate one another. It is, therefore, expedient that we harness brotherly love and fellowship in our Christian journey.”

These were the words of Prophet David Kankam Beditor, the Ashaiman Area Head of The Church of Pentecost and Chairman of the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) of the church, in a presentation on “The Power and the Beauty of Christian Fellowship” at the Ministers and Wives Conference (MWC’21 – Greater Accra Region) on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh.

Prophet Kankam Beditor, who is also an Executive Council Member of the church, urged all believers to ensure that they develop and maintain brotherly love and good Christian fellowship among themselves.

Taking his key scriptures from Psalm 133:2 and Genesis 2:18, Prophet Beditor noted that “God Himself acknowledged the power of fellowship when He said, ‘Let us make man.’”

He indicated that “since man was made in the image and likeness of God, man is also a social being and therefore cannot live in isolation, as God said ‘It is not good for man to live alone.’ This means that as Christians, the glory of God can only be revealed in our lives in its full measure if we live in harmony with one another and with all people.”

He posited that “Christian fellowship can be defined as any gathering of saints who come together to glorify God and to edify one another. It is also a state where believers share with God and with one another in life, work, pleasure, and sufferings. It is a lifelong relationship that should occur between us physically and spiritually at all times.”

He, however, bemoaned that several hindrances mitigate against the fruitful nurture and growth of Christian fellowship, saying, “If we want to build strong bonds of brotherly love and Christian fellowship, we must do away with sin, self-seeking acts, unhealthy competition, jealousy, anger, bitterness, pride, gossip, tribalism and discrimination.”

Prophet Beditor reiterated that “if we yearn for the glory of God to be seen in the church and in our lives, we must love God and transcend that love to one another.

“We can do so by making conscious efforts to live in harmony with people who may not even want to have a peaceful relationship with us. We must also make sacrifices for one another and prioritize invitations and visitations.”

Prophet David Kankam Beditor further expounded that Christian fellowship has enormous blessings and benefits that have a great impact on the church and society as a whole. He said that “any church that harnesses good Christian fellowship witnesses great anointing and revival. It also experiences spiritual growth and maturity. The world sees that church and identifies it with the oddity of Jesus Christ.”

“Finally, the church that harnesses good Christian fellowship and brotherly love invokes the manifest presence of God and gains favour in the sight of God and men,” he added.

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Ministry Is A Call To Sacrifice – Chairman

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye has emphasised that the ministerial calling is a call to a life of sacrifice.

According to him, ministry is a life of sacrifice because one gives up their right to themselves and no longer live as they will.

Apostle Nyamekye said this during a presentation on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Tamale during the opening session of the Northern Regional edition of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference.

Illustrating the purpose of ministry from Philippians 2:19,20-21, he said that ministry is about snatching people from hell and making them ready for Heaven. “If anyone is fit for heaven, they are an asset for the earth they live on,” he added.

He, however, read from Numbers 3:12,45 and Deuteronomy 33:8-11 to establish that once ministers and wives begin to make sacrifices for the sake of their ministerial call, God will surely reward them, charging that “Don’t be anxious, God will take care of you!”

The Chairman also referred to a statement made by David Livingstone, a Christian Scottish Medical Doctor and Explorer, that, “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honour, how can a commission by a heavenly king be considered a sacrifice?” to advise church leaders to value the call of God upon their lives and not to portray themselves as needy people.

He also urged ministers and wives of the church, especially those in Mission Areas, not to speak ill of their stations to other members with the intent of gaining favours from them.

The Chairman appealed to ministers’ wives to be committed to their priestly role in the work of the ministry because just like their husbands, they have also been called as priests. He read from Luke 1:5-6 to explain that although Zechariah was the ordained priest, his wife, Elizabeth was also a Levite and, therefore, qualified as a priest.  

Having eulogised the sacrifice of officers in the Church, he entreated ministers to make time to pray for their presbyters.

Present at the conference were Apostle Sylvester Arhin (Northern RCC Coordinator and Tamale Area Head), Apostle Daniel Dekpor (Northern RCC Secretary, National Music Chairman and Tumu Area Head). Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah-Agyeman (Bolgatanga Area Head), Apostle Daniel Nii Tetteh Tackie (Wa Area Head), Apostle William Ohemeng Kwakye (Sawla Area Head) and Apostle Francis Yaw Adu, (Walewale Area Head), Pastor Emmanuel Kojo Aidoo (Yendi Area Head) and Pastor Eric Gyambibi Boateng (Bawku Area Head).

The Chairman was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Mary Nyamekye.

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Do The Work Of God With Passion – Apostle Kumi-Larbi Tells Church Leaders

The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has encouraged church leaders to be passionate about doing the work of God.

Speaking on the topic, “Doing the Work of God with Passion,” at the Western Regional session of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at the E. K. Kyei Memorial Temple, Tarkwa, the General Secretary advised ministers and their spouses to do the work of God with enthusiasm, interest and zeal.

“Passion is when a person has an intense enthusiasm, a craving for God and His work, with compelling emotions and feelings coupled with God-given desires that compels him or her to make a difference. 

“Passion is the fuel, a keen interest, a strong desire, a hunger, a thirst and a craving for God and His work. Passionate people are hardworking, and their output beats those with talent who fail to work on their talents through discipline and training,” he said.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi indicated that a person’s desire fueled by passion will bring about the greatest results in his life and ministry and the fire on his inside will affect everything on the outside. 

Expounding further, the General Secretary indicated that passionate people are always drawn to their passion, willing to sacrifice for it, express it everywhere and are unperturbed by critics.

Making references to Numbers 25:6-13 2 Samuel 6:12, 2 Samuel 6: 13,17, 2 Samuel 6:14-16, 2 Samuel 6:12-23; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 and Exodus 33:15-16, he revealed that because of his passion for the things of God, Phinehas, son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, turned God’s anger away from the Israelites. According to him, Phinehas achieved this feat due to his zealousness for God in dealing with unrighteousness among God’s people. 

Apostle Kumi-Larbi encouraged church leaders to be passionate about cultivating God’s presence daily, the Kingdom of God and its representatives on earth (Church), righteousness, lost souls, the Gospel, the ministry of prayer and the Word, and about excellence in ministry endeavours. 

He also revealed that the love of Christ is the catalyst for godly passion and that people who are passionate about God are active for Him. “They make time for God, whether that means getting up early in the morning to make that time possible or sacrificing some activity that they enjoy to do most,” he explained.

He further advised Christians to make choices that strengthen their fellowship with God and ask Him to give them the passion to do greater works for Him.

“As we develop a closer relationship with God, one of friendship and intimacy, our passion will grow, and as it does, doing the things He asks us to do will follow naturally,” he stated.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi further indicated that the passion of Christians would be manifested in their resolve or determination to follow God even at the peril of their lives, as was the case of some of God’s greatest missionaries who risked their lives and ministries for the sake of God’s promises, regardless of their emotions.

He concluded by admonishing Christians to do the work of God with passion and to be “crazy” for the Kingdom business in season and out of season.

Report by Western and Western North Regions Media Team

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Reverence For God Brings Revival – Apostle Gyesi-Addo

The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo has urged Christians, particularly church leaders, to deem it imperative to revere the Lord at all times as it is a prerequisite for revival.

Apostle Gyesi-Addo said this during the Eastern Regional session of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference on Tuesday, January 25, 2021, held at the Central Tabernacle, Koforidua. He spoke on the topic: “Revival In An Atmosphere Of Reverence” with references from Leviticus 10:3; 19:30 and James 4:8.

In his exposition, the IMD talked about two key subjects – the Temple (Sanctuary) as a physical structure and the Temple (Sanctuary) as a spiritual structure. The temple or sanctuary, he explained, is a meeting place for the saints (believers). 

“God is always present wherever the saints gather. Consequently, wherever the saints gather becomes a holy place,” he said.

Touching on the temple as a spiritual structure, he said that “Christians are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, they must glorify God in their bodies. The presence of God is always in the temple whether physical or spiritual, and He must be given/accorded the needed reverence.” 

He noted that the temple is the house of God and it symbolises His dwelling. Hence, temples are dedicated and sanctified for His use, adding that “a temple which is left unattended does not glorify God.”

The IMD reiterated that God is the owner of the church and a partaker of all church services, hence He must always be acknowledged in the midst of the saints. 

“God must not in any circumstance be provoked during worship by doing things that displease Him,” he cautioned.

Apostle Gyesi-Addo advised church leaders not to look down on anyone in the church and to desist from exchanging pleasantries with others while service is in session. He also urged other church workers, such as instrumentalists, to behave in a disciplined manner during services.

He also urged Christians, particularly church leaders, to be conscious of the presence of God during church services and to offer Him the honour due Him because reverence for God brings great revival. He concluded that when believers serve and worship God well, miracles, signs and wonders become byproducts; they follow automatically.

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Walk In Holiness – Prophet Ebenezer Appiah Tells Christians

The Dansoman Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Prophet Ebenezer Kofi Appiah, has called on Christians to strive to live holy life in their walk with God.

Prophet Appiah said this while speaking on Day-2 of the 2021 Ministers’ and Wives Conference (Greater Accra Regional Session) underway at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.

Delivering the sermon on the topic, “A Church Called To A Holy Living,” based on Ephesians 2:12-13, Prophet Appiah noted that the word ‘Church’ signifies a people who are called out to belong to God. This, he said, means that the church (Christians) must separate themselves from the mundane things of the world and present themselves as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to the Lord.

Prophet Appiah explained that God is holy, therefore, when God calls a person, He expects the person to separate himself from his old life and walk in holiness.

“Throughout the Bible, whoever God chose to use were people who separated themselves and set themselves apart for Him; Abraham, Noah, Moses, Esther, and Job, were all people who walked in holiness. Since God is holy, He can only have a relationship with holy people,” he stressed.

Reading from 1 Peter 2:9, he revealed that “God has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of Light. The kingdom of darkness is a place of sin and death, where man is depraved and walks in destruction, not knowing that what they are doing is sinful and detrimental to their soul.”

He added: “When a person lives in darkness he doesn’t know the difference between what is right and wrong, that is why many people who are living ungodly lives defend themselves and fight against anyone who tries to tell them otherwise. This is because their minds have been corrupted and hindered from knowing the truth.”

Prophet Appiah further expounded that believers have no choice than to live in holiness. “Therefore, if you do not tell a lie or commit adultery alone doesn’t make you holy, rather it is a complete lifestyle of doing what is pleasing to God,” he stated.

He, however, indicated that some people believe that they become holy at conversion, thus at the time they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. “This is erroneous because holiness is a constant effort to make a daily walk in purity,” he said.

Prophet Ebenezer Kofi Appiah concluded by saying that “holiness is the core of Christianity. The God we serve is holy and if we are to have a relationship with Him, we must walk in holiness.”

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God Is Preparing A Special Kind Of People – Apostle David Tekper

The Achimota Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle David Tettey Tekper, has indicated that God’s goal for instituting the church is to prepare a special kind of people for Himself, holy and unblemished, who will serve as His ambassadors on earth to manifest/reflect His glory among the nations.

The former Executive Council Member of the Church made this assertion during a presentation on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at the Greater-Accra Regional session of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh.

Speaking on the topic, “The Goal of the Church,” with Ephesians 5:22-27, 2 Corinthians 11:2 & 4, Ephesians 1:4 and Exodus 19, as scripture references, among others, Apostle Tekper stressed that the Lord is a God of purpose because there is always a reason for everything He does.

According to him, right from the beginning of creation, God gave a clear indication that His goal for creating humankind was to have a deeper relationship with them. This, Apostle Tekper said, has always been God’s desire and it is evident throughout His interventions and dealings with humankind.

In his presentation, the Achimota Area Head defined a goal as “an end towards which efforts are directed.” He explained that the efforts and activities directed toward the goal serve as the groundwork (preparation) for its attainment. In this sense, God chose Christians to prepare them to be holy and blameless so that through them His glory would be manifested in the world, thereby leading many to be reconciled with Him.

Expounding further on the goal of the church, Apostle Tekper revealed that the Church of God (the Church Universal) is meant to be a Militant Church – that is, one that is always at warfare with the enemy of God (devil) and his cohorts, who are determined to stall the realisation of God’s intended goal for the church.

“We are at warfare as victorious people because Jesus, our captain, has already won the battle. So, we are not fighting a ‘lose-battle,’ but a victorious one,” he said, stressing that, “We must, therefore, fight with the mindset that we are already victorious.”

Apostle Tekper further noted that believers, who form the Church of God, need to be constantly revived to meet the goal for which it was instituted by God. He said that through revival, the church would not only be rekindled to work towards becoming a glorious one but be equipped to prevail against the “Gates of Hell.”

Apostle Tekper, therefore, urged believers to avail themselves for the continuous touch of God (revival) through a consistent prayer life, the study of the Bible and obedience to God’s word, bearing in mind that they are a special kind of people called to bring honour and glory to the Lord in the world.

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“That There May Be Glory in The Church” – Apostle Prof. Ohene-Kyei (Rtd)

The former Winneba Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Professor Peter Ohene-Kyei (Rtd) has admonished believers to make conscious effort to ensure that the glory of God does not depart from the Church.

Apostle Ohene-Kyei said this at the 2021 Ministers and Wives’ Conference (Greater Accra Region) which is currently underway at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.

Delivering a sermon on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, on the theme, “That There May Be Glory in the Church,” based on Ephesians 5:20-21, Apostle Ohene-Kyei noted that “God desires to constantly reveal His glory in the lives of His people. However, we must make conscious effort to maintain the glory by walking in holiness and the light of the word of God so that the glory will not depart.”

Apostle Peter Ohene-Kyei, who is also a former Rector of the Pentecost University, revealed that the word ‘glory’ which is translated from the original Hebrew word “Kabowd” connotes splendour, honour, beauty, magnificence, strength, and greatness. He, therefore, indicated that “if a person carries the glory of God, that person is excellent, beautiful, magnificent and has splendour.

Reading from Genesis 45:13, he explained that “because Joseph carried the glory of God, Pharaoh did not want Joseph to leave Egypt but insisted that Joseph invites his father and his entire family to come and live with him in Egypt.”

“The glory of God made Joseph an excellent man, loved by Pharaoh and all the Egyptians. So if we carry the glory of God, we will be unique in all our endeavours and the world will behold the glory of God in our lives and seek to know God,” he stressed.

Apostle Ohene-Kyei added that the glory of God in a church is not seen in the beauty of its edifice, or the vastness of its auditorium. He, however, said that “the early believers did not worship in magnificent auditoriums, but people came from far and near to witness the spectacle of God’s glory and the power of His might at work in them.”

He further expounded that “the glory of God in the church is marked by holiness and purity. It is also a place where worship and sacrifice flow spontaneously without compulsion. The glory of God in a church is also marked by the constant communication of the gospel and vibrant evangelism. When the glory of God is present in the church, there is the experience of the supernatural power and manifest presence of God.”

He, however, cautioned that “Paul’s prayer in Ephesians denotes that the glory of God can depart from the church, therefore, let us all as believers ensure with all steadfastness that the glory does not depart from the church.”

“The believer who wants to maintain the glory of God in their lives must cross the lines of comfort and worldly pleasure into a place of holiness and purity, and strive to be revived constantly,” he concluded.

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Revival Emanates From God – Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah Asserts

The immediate past Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah (Rtd.), has disclosed that real revival begins from the almighty God himself and not from any act of perspiration.

Speaking at the opening of the Greater Accra Regional session of the 2021 Ministers and Wives’ Conference on Tuesday, January 25, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, on the topic, “The Significance of Israel’s Conquest of Sihon and Og to the 21st Century Church,” the former Chairman advised church leaders to find the source of revival in their quest to revive the church.

“Revival is when a person begins to know who the Lord is and acknowledges him as such, there comes a change in the life of the person,” he said, adding, “It is the Holy Spirit who quickens the knowledge of God within us. As we acknowledge the greatness of God and honour him, something changes in us and the result is what people see as revival.

“The actual revival is within you – if you listen to the Holy Spirit who helps you to know God – certainly, there is going to be a change/revival in you.

He implored church leaders to find contemporary ways of doing things in order to be effective. According to him, when leaders become used to the methods and principles of doing things in the church, they can perfectly perform them without being inspired. “We need to find out the spirit behind everything we do as a church, because revival is not just doing things as the old people used to do it,” he stressed.

According to him, true Pentecostal spirituality is about spontaneity (allowing the immediacy of the Holy Spirit to take over the affairs of the church thereby resulting in the variety of spiritual giftings/activities working in the church), orality (the ability to share spiritual things with the brethren), and then simplicity, saying, “When the Holy Spirit takes over our services, people see it because the atmosphere changes; people feel his presence and they are satisfied and revived.”  

Taking his key texts from Nehemiah 9:22-23; 35-37; Deuteronomy 2:24-25; Joshua 2:10-11; Philippians 3:10, he revealed who Sihon and Og were, how the Israelites came across them and why the Israelites kept referring to the duo anytime they told their children of their story from Egypt to the Promised Land.

He said that both Sihon and Og were kings of the Amorites nations, and were related. They were both descendants of Esau and therefore brothers of the Israelites. He said that the Israelites had to pass through the land of the Amorites to get to the Promised Land, so Moses sent a peace message to King Sihon, to allow them pass through his land peacefully without being attacked since they were relatives.

However, he stated, Sihon, thinking that he was very power and had built a strong nation, refused Moses’ request and rather attacked the Israelites, but he and the Amorites were conquered.

He added that Og, the last of the giants after the flood, instead of learning from what had happened to Sihon, decided to fight the Israelites, but he was also conquered.

Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah stressed that the Israelites from time to time told their children about their experience with Sihon and Og, to indicate the power of God which delivered them from the hands of strong enemies.

Drawing some lessons from the passage, the astute theologian related it to the importance of the family to God. He, therefore, challenged believers to do whatever they can to help their nuclear and extended families to believe in what they have subscribed to, thus Christ. In dealing with family members, he entreated believers to be very careful, looking at how Noah’s curse worked on Canaan after his father Ham had watched Noah’s nakedness.

He stressed the fact that God sees things differently from human beings. “The Lord is greater beyond our imaginations; we have not been able to comprehend him well. He is far above our understanding, so he sees things completely different from the way we see it.

“Looking at the descendants of Lot – the Moabites and the Ammonites – their background was very bad, but for the Lord it does not matter how somebody joins the family, so far as the person has joined the family, he is a family member. That is why as leaders we must respect all persons who come to church – whether they are old, young, children, experienced or inexperienced – no matter where the person comes from, you must respect him and see him as one of your own.”

He also revealed that it is the Lord who owns everything including the land and he gives it as he wants it.

He further advised believers, especially ministers not to take anything that the Lord has not given to them. “If you take it, it will slip off from your hands and the consequences can be disastrous,” he pointed out.

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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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