The La Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr Dieudonne Komla Nuekpe, has emphasised the importance of igniting the fire of Pentecost to create a significant impact, as the Holy Spirit empowers Christians to defend the gospel and the Christian faith.
Apostle Dr Dieudonne Nuekpe, an Executive Council Member-Elect of the Church, said this during a joint service with the youth in La Area, which took place at the Dr Thomas Wyatt Memorial Temple on Monday, May 22, 2023.
In his sermon titled, “Stoking the Fire of Pentecost in the Youth for Maximum Impact,” Apostle Dr Nuekpe recounted the historical background that led to the outpouring of the promised Holy Spirit, as described in Joel 2:28-29 and reiterated by Jesus before his ascension in Acts 1:8.
Pentecost, originally a Jewish festival, also known as the Feast of Joy, Weeks, Harvest, or First Fruits, is celebrated seven weeks after Passover or Easter. It commemorates God’s blessings by granting bountiful harvests to the Israelites and restoring the land and vegetation, as mentioned in Isaiah 44:3.
He disclosed that the outpouring of the promised Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost symbolically led to the harvest of souls, numbering about three thousand, as recorded in Acts 2:41.
Apostle Dr Nuekpe further highlighted that before the outpouring of the promised Holy Spirit, the Spirit came upon a select few individuals, endowing them with unique skills and talents for specific assignments and tasks, such as Bezalel and Oholiab in Exodus 35:30-35.
He reiterated that the Holy Spirit empowers believers with unique abilities, akin to Bezalel’s, to make significant contributions to the Kingdom business.
According to him, Peter, who had previously gone into hiding following the events leading to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, was empowered, along with John, to stand before the Sanhedrin and defend the Christian faith.
The La Area Head urged young persons to step out of their comfort zones and actively defend the Christian faith wherever they may find themselves, to bring many to Christ.
He emphasised that the Holy Spirit transcends cultural boundaries, uniting Christians and enabling them to assist one another.
Apostle Dr Dieudonne Komla Nuekpe ended his message by stressing that those seeking the baptism and empowerment of the Holy Spirit must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, repent, seek the Lord, present themselves as a living sacrifice on the altar, allow the Holy Spirit to purify them, and live a holy life, as the Holy Spirit dwells in vessels dedicated to holiness.
The service was attended by Apostle Dr Edward Arko Koranteng (Medical Director of Pentecost Hospital, Madina) and Apostle Kingsley Addai (La Area Evangelism Leader), along with several pastors and their wives from La Area.
Also in attendance were executives from the La Area Youth Ministry, led by Pastor Emmanuel Opoku Mensah (the Area Youth Pastor), and Elder Dr Samuel Nana Amoh Tobbin (Executive Chairman of Tobinco Group of Companies).
Report by Daniel Tetteh, La Area Reporter.