It was all joy and hearty as the Lead Apostle Samuel Oppong Brenya celebrated the first Sunday of 2019, with our family of the Accra East and West districts in a united divine service. He was accompanied by Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo and Bishop Asare. The service was hosted by the Central congregation (Accra West).
The Lead Apostle based the service on 1 Corinthians 1:5-7 (NKJV), ‘that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,’
“Let all things that have breath give praise, honour and glory to God” said the Lead Apostle in his opening words. He shared the Chief Apostle’s motto for the year 2019, Rich in Christ; and highlighted the special anniversary of the church in Ghana. “Indeed, this year is a blessed year for the New Apostolic Church in Ghana. We are 50 years old; and we celebrate the sacrifices of the 9 souls who started this church in Cape Coast. Today, we have hundreds of thousands of members, 16 Apostles and over 3,000 ministers in Ghana.”
Reflecting on the text word, the Lead Apostle explained that being enriched by Christ does not refer to physical and material gains. “What makes God infinitely wealthy are His kindness, patience and grace.” He further elaborated that to obtain these riches in Christ, we:
- Require faith – “Apostle Peter was an experienced fisherman, but yet he was obedient and did as Christ bade of him. Because of his faith, he caught much more fish than he ever expected.”
- Must use our talents – “We must each exercise our talents to the benefit and growth of the church. We each have important roles to play in the church, no matter how small.”
- Cast away sinful deeds – “Let us do away with the things that are not of God and against His will.”
The Lead Apostle concluded by blessing the congregation, “May the Lord enrich every one of us. May the Lord bless us all. And may He be with us through the year, in His full glory and blessings.”
The divine service was assisted by Apostle Ohene-Saffo, District Elder Adjei (Accra East) and Shepherd Afenyo (Ashaiman, Accra East). There were 1,429 souls at the divine service.