The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has called on church leaders and officers to make the local church an equipping centre, where godly men and women would be raised to transform society.
Speaking at the Kaneshie Area Officers’ Retreat (Apostolisation) on Tuesday, February 2022, at the Kaneshie Central Auditorium on the topic: “The Church as an Equipping Centre” – Matthew 28:18-20, he mentioned that the focus of the church now is disciple-making. This, he explained, is to intentionally teach, mentor, and equip people who come to Christ to live a Christ-like life to positively impact their spheres of life.
The IMD stressed that when members are well-grounded in Christ, they are then unleashed to their families communities, and workplaces to witness about their newfound life in Christ and the changes they have experienced as a result of their encounter with the gospel.
According to him, the more Christians go out and witness about Christ and the spotlight is thrown them, the better persons they become because it checks them from dabbling in sin.
Touching on some Kingdom methods of evangelism based on Matthew 13:24-28 (the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares) to drum home the need to make the local church an equipping centre, Apostle Agyemang Bekoe said that the devil always plants his agents in the church, hence the need to equip the members to be watchful and discerning to stand their grounds.
Quoting from Obadiah 1:17-21, he posited that there should be deliverance, holiness, and fire at the local church where members would access their possessions in Christ, stressing that “holiness must be our watchword wherever we find ourselves.”
Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe added that out of Mt. Zion shall be saviours, describing the local church as a place of raising saviours of the world who would transform their societies. He described the local church as Mt. Zion and the members as children of Zion.
He led the congregation through a time of intensive prayers after the sermon.