A clergyman has asked Christians to move away from ” the grass hopper” mentality to more fruitful and dedicated lifestyles, involving truth and repentance from sin.
Reverend Kofi Antwi-Boasiako, Resident Pastor of the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Atomic in Accra, expressed worry that some people were moving along with the majority even when it was in the wrong direction.
He threw the challenge to Christians in his New Year message at the 31st December watch night service in Accra.
Rev Antwi-Boasiako said God would restore all that had been lost to Ghana and give the nation a a second chance to bear desired fruits and “become an envious eye for the African continent.”
Rev. Antwi-Boasiako prayed that God would forgive the leadership and citizens of the country the negative attitudes and unfruitfulness against God’s kingdom on earth.
He said the year 2012 would be a period of divine fruitfulness in all aspects of Christian and social lives of the people.
Rev. Antwi-Boasiako said God would expect fruitfulness in marriage and Christian activities including prayers, soul winning and commitment to the work of God.
He said “the King of Kings Himself would lead us to cross the bridge of all challenges that may confront us as we advance.”
The church service started with songs of praises and the sharing of testimonies from individuals and groups on God’s grace and mercies throughout the year 2011 and later charged with the challenging message from the Resident Pastor.
Rev. Antwi-Boasiako referred to the gospel according to Saint Luke 13:6-9, “which tells of a parable of a fig tree that failed to bear fruits, therefore, the owner of the vineyard wanted it cut down, but the vinedresser intervened, pleading for one more year of care to ensure that the tree bare fruits.”
He reminded Christians of the message of John the Baptist, fore runner of Jesus Christ (in the Bible), in which the Baptist warned that the axe had been laid at the root of the tree and any tree that did not bear fruit would be cut down and burned.
Rev. Antwi-Boasiako prayed that the Holy Spirit would intervened in the lives and situations of Christians who displayed apathy just as the vinedresser did with the fig tree, requesting a second chance.
He also urged Christians to emulate Jesus Christ by learning to forgive one another, and lamented that some Christians had unforgiving spirit and were unable to bear fruits.
Rev. Professor Kingsley Larbi, Associate Pastor, PIWC, Atomic in Accra, however gave the assurance that God would remain committed to His word to those who would trust in Him.
He indicated that through the people were experiencing tougher times currently, in terms of socio-economic and political crises as the Holy Bible had already prophesied, the Lord would remember His own people and protect them from such calamities.
Rev. Larbi urged Christians to be prayerful and study the end of time in Bible so that they would be fully prepared for the Lord’s second coming.
At about a quarter to 12 midnight , the entire service had charged into an intensive prayer session to herald the new year, then at exactly 12 mid-night the entire congregation burst out into shouts of praises amidst clapping, jumping, hugging one another and sounding of trumpets to express their joy and gratefulness for the cross over into the new year. GNA