“Jesus Christ; The Atoning Sacrifice For Our Sins” – (1 John 2:2) was the theme for this year’s Easter Convention organised by the New Tafo Area of The Church of Pentecost.
Held simultaneously in three zones, with the Pentecost International Worship Centre, New Tafo (PIWC-New Tafo) hosting all the English Assemblies within the Area at its auditorium, the 5-day event was opened with festival of 11 lessons and passion songs on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
Speaking on the topic: “The Power of His Resurrection” on Resurrection Sunday [April 9, 2023] to climax the convention at the New Tafo Zone at the New Tafo Division School Park, the Area Head, Prophet Samuel Tetteh Doku, said that any individual who believes in Christ Jesus experiences the resurrection power and that same power enables the believer to live life of unimpeachable rectitude and integrity.
Focusing on Philippians 3:10 and Romans 8:11 as his scriptural references, the New Tafo Area Head explained that just as the resurrection of Jesus equips believers with power, so the crucifixion enables them to put to death their old sinful nature and should remain nailed to the cross (Galatians 5:24), saying, “Before you can live a meaningful Christian life, you must first go to Calvary to be crucified.”
“You cannot know the victory of the resurrection without crucifixion,” he stressed.
Prophet Tetteh Doku mentioned the Resurrection Sunday experience and the Pentecost Sunday experience as types of the resurrection power.
Differentiating between the two, the New Tafo Area Head stated that “the Resurrection Sunday experience is about the new birth (John 20:22), whilst the Pentecost Sunday experience is about the power to do the work of God.”
“So, when Christ Jesus breathed on the disciples to receive the Holy Spirit after His resurrection, He wanted them to go through the new birth,” he explained.
According to him, the Resurrection Sunday experience was not enough, hence the Pentecost Sunday experience, where the ascended Christ poured out His Spirit on the believers to be empowered (Acts 2:1-4).
Prophet Samuel Tetteh Doku stated that whoever encounters the resurrection power lives a transformed life. He, therefore, advised the gathering to live a life in keeping with repentance, saying, “One way we can prove the resurrection of Jesus Christ is by living a changed life.”
He further gave many instances, both in the Bible and in the lives of individuals to prove the existence of the resurrection power.
The man of God also admonished Christians to be very circumspect in their utterances and avoid the use of disparaging comments, especially on their children because words are powerful, and should never be uttered carelessly since they could have an adverse impact on the listener or hearer. In the place of unwholesome talk, he advised them to always utter gracious words that would edify themselves and those around them.
As part of the service, some officers due for retirement were introduced to the congregants.
The event recorded a total attendance of 3,830, with many souls won to the glory of God. Thirty-four persons received the Holy Spirit baptism with initial evidence of speaking in tongues.
Report by Emmanuel Nana Nsiah