The Co-ordinator of the Central Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, has admonished Christians to develop their spirituality by resorting to daily personal devotion.
Apostle Antwi, who is the Cape Coast Area Head and Member of the Executive Council of the church, noted that one of the effective ways to develop the spirituality of Christians is to do their personal devotions which, he believes, is an avenue for repositioning the local church for maximum impact.
According to him, it is very important that Christians develop their spirituality through personal devotion to God because it is through this discipline that the Christian grows into spiritual maturity in Christ.
Apostle Antwi made this charge during the 2023 Takoradi Area Officers Apostolisation Retreat. The event took place at two zones – Takoradi Zone which was held at PCA Anaji, and Agona Zone at Sychar, Agona.
Speaking on the topic, “Encouraging Personal Devotions and Small Groups Prayer Meetings to Strengthen the Local Church,” Apostle Antwi said that the need to develop personal devotion should come from the knowledge that the local church consists of individuals who must come together to deepen their faith in Christ (Mark 1:35, Luke 22:39-40, Acts 2:42; 8:27-31).
“Personal devotion is an act of prayer or private worship undertaken in order to constantly know the Lord and built up in Him into spiritual maturity,” he affirmed. Referring to Job 1:5 and Daniel 1;8, 6:10, he mentioned that Job and Daniel committed themselves to personal devotions, hence it became something that identified them.
He challenged church leaders to resolve in their hearts that they will be committed to personal devotion and promote it in the local church.
Emphasizing the benefits of personal devotion, Apostle Antwi stated that it helps the believer to grow in the knowledge and understanding of the Lord and His word, helps believers to have a deeper relationship with Christ, gives strength to the weary, brings God-consciousness, and helps one to become more like Jesus Christ.
He concluded that when it comes to congregational prayer time, he said the church has been doing well but it is time to refocus on individuals and small groups for maximum impact.
The Takoradi Area 2023 Apostolisation which started on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, under the theme, “Repositioning the Local Church for Maximum Impact,” had Apostles Samuel Yaw Antwi, Philip Osei Korsah (Director, Counselling Unit at the Headquarter) and Apostle Yao Semenya Dogbe (Takoradi Area Head) and their wives as facilitators.
It ended on Friday, February 10, 2023.
Report by Pastor Ernest Perbi-Asare, Takoradi Area Media Pastor