The Obuasi Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle William Boakye Agyarko, has urged believers to uphold effective Christian fellowship as it is an antidote to the problem of loneliness and its related challenges.
He made this appeal when he addressed ministers and wives of the Church in the Ashanti Region during the recently-held conference at PIWC-Asokwa, Kumasi. He defined Christian fellowship as the gathering of saints to glorify God, express their faith in Christ and share brotherly love.
Using Psalm 133 as his foundational text, he indicated that Mount Hermon is the highest mountain in Israel with ice constantly at its peak, which melts to irrigate the base to enable year-round agriculture. He commented that fellowship flows from the summit to the base just like ice flows from the top of Mount Hermon and oil from the head of Aaron, the Chief Priest, to the hem of his garment.
“Loneliness is a growing health epidemic whose antidote is Christian fellowship,” he revealed.
Apostle Agyarko further noted that knowing God and having a relationship with Him, teaching about fellowship, sharing ministry-pulpits, and demonstrating the love of God towards one another are some ways to deepen Christian fellowship.
Making reference to John 17:20-23, he explained that strong fellowship among believers helps them to sharpen each other and, thus, brings about fruitfulness. He added that sin, self, bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, lack of hospitality and stinginess are hindrances to true fellowship.
“Everything that separates us from God also separates us from our brothers. Don’t always thank people for their benevolence to you but let people also thank you for your benevolence to them,” he concluded.
Report by ARCC Media Team