The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost (CoP), Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has said that God’s covenant with The CoP is sacrosanct and must be religiously upheld and bequeathed from one generation of Church members to the other.
“For the past 80 years, our forebears, being careful in observing the instructions in the Covenant, have given The CoP a unique and enviable brand which ought to be guarded jealously,” he said.
Apostle Kumi-Larbi made this clarion call when he delivered the first part of his serialised sermon on the topic: “Deepening The CoP Brand,” at the dome of the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Kokomlemle, yesterday.
In his presentation, the General Secretary revealed that The Church of Pentecost is now in its third or fourth generation, and for this reason, the current generation must be abreast with the terms and conditions of the Church’s Covenant with God to uphold it and pass it on to ensuing generations.
“We are told God made a covenant with our forebears through prophecies, which were given by different people at different places and times. The first one, which was given in 1931 at Akoroso, was after nine years confirmed at Winneba in 1940 and again after eight years in 1948 at Koforidua,” he said.
Quoting Proverbs 22:28, he noted that the Covenant, among other things, has significantly contributed to building the enviable brand of The Church of Pentecost, hence the need for members to uphold it as “sacred, a no-go area and a boundary of the Church that should never be shifted.”
“In addition to the Covenant and the tenets, our forebears had some core values, as well as church culture, including the rules of conduct, which outlines the way members should conduct themselves, and these are virtues and values that must be jealously guarded and bequeathed from one generation to the other,” he added.
Apostle Kumi-Larbi also stated that these beliefs and practices of the Church are well-documented in various publications of The CoP in a bid to preserve them and make them known to members.
“They are documented in our Constitution, Ministers’ manual (tenets and rules of conduct), ministerial handbook (brief history, covenant, tenets and core practices – values and culture), diary (brief history, tenets and rules of conduct) and also on our Baptismal certificate (tenets),” he explained.
According to the General Secretary, the leadership of the Church, in line with this year’s theme, is resolved to intensify The CoP Brand (covenant, beliefs, core values and rules of conduct) so as to bring clarity to it, and thereby, cause members to become more interested in the Church.
“Like every other church, The Church of Pentecost has its own culture, its foundational beliefs at the heart of its theology, its governing system, and practical expression of Christian life and ministry, in addition to something special the Lord told us long ago, even predating the church’s existence; a covenant between CoP and God. These things we love and cherish so dearly, and everyone who comes into our fold must know and diligently apply themselves,” he said.