Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, the General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost (CoP), has emphasised that every aspect of the Church’s liturgy is important and, therefore, Christians should always arrive early for Church service and actively participate until the end.
Apostle Kumi-Larbi gave this advice today when he fellowshiped with members of the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Atomic. Continuing his serialised sermon on the topic “Deepening The CoP Brand,” the General Secretary expressed his concern that some Christians have made it a habit to skip parts of Church service by either arriving late or leaving early.
He cautioned against this practice, stating that people who do so are unaware of the spiritual implications of their actions.
“Just like at the pool of Bethesda, we do not know the exact time at which the angel of God will appear to stir up the water. So, arrive in good time before the start of service and take part in every activity until the benediction is pronounced,” he advised.
Expounding on the Rules of Conduct for CoP members, Apostle Kumi-Larbi said that The Church of Pentecost is a Christ-centered brand built with core values, culture, and rules of conduct bequeathed to the Church as a legacy from its forebears.
He explained that rules of conduct is a set of rules outlining the norms or standards, responsibilities, or proper practices of the members who form the Church.
According to the General Secretary, the Church’s rules of conduct are guidelines inspired by God and taught to the members through God’s ordained leadership for the equipping of the saints.
One of these rules, he noted, enjoins members to be in their seat in good time before the commencement of service and participate fully in every aspect of the service.
He noted that the rules of conduct are time-tested landmarks and a key aspect of the CoP brand and, therefore, urged every member of the Church to endeavour to know, uphold, and jealously guard them.
Some other rules of conduct for CoP members mentioned by Apostle Kumi-Larbi in his presentation are setting aside a period daily for personal quiet time in prayer and meditation on the Word (Matthew 6:6; Ephesians 18-20), and adequately preparing one’s self through prayer and meditation before coming to the house of God (Hebrews:15-16).