Quoting his main Bible text from John 17:13-26, the minister – Elder Benard Adusei – who is also the current president of PENSA-KNUST opined that whenever wickedness and sin abounds in the world, God sends people to impact those places with His word.
He cited examples from the Bible where he began with Noah. In Genesis 6, God instructs Noah to build an ark to save the few righteous people on earth. There is also the account of Moses who was sent to go and save the children of Israel from the oppression of the Egyptians (Exodus 3:7-10). Yet another example is the account of Jeremiah, one of the prophets whom God sent to bring his people out of idol worship. Likewise Jonah who was sent to Nineveh to preach repentance to the Ninevites.
The minister towered Jesus as the last example who came not only to preach about God’s kingdom but also came to die to save man from sin. He however added emphatically that Jesus during his days on earth challenged lifestyles of both rich and poor and the worldviews of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
He went further to remind the church that, today Jesus is not here; neither is Moses, nor Noah, nor Jeremiah nor Jonah. But we are here as people who have been called by the Lord Jesus to go into the world to preach His word to men and make disciples of them.
He bemoaned that sin and corruption is multiplying on earth and it is why we need to go forth into the world. The world is getting darker with each passing day and corruption has become a norm and is permeating across all levels in our societies hence the need to send the gospel into the world.
The minister, Elder Benard Adusei, opened the eyes of the church to a very famous Bible verse (Matthew 5:13-16) from which he used the words “salt” and “light” to describe the church with two distinct words namely; preservation and influence. He intimated that God is sending us to different places and He expects that people feel our influence when we are present.
To help the church understand fully what he meant, he gave an example of how salt is used to preserve food to prevent bacteria attack and further spoilage. And this is how God has made us – as salt to preserve people from being consumed with the sin of the world. As light, God expects us to bring clarity of His word to people. He added that when people get to know God, they are transformed; they change their speech, lifestyle and are willing to do the right thing.
Again, the minister quoted Ephesians 2:2-10 and with emphasis on verse 10, he reminded the church of how God has called us out of the world and sent us back into the world to make a difference. He went further to say that, it is not the duty of our pastors to come to where we are and preach to the people around us, that it is why God blesses us to be in key positions in society.
The minister decried that, we have reduced Christian living to a “Sunday affair” – church. He quoted Aps. Eric Nyamekye who said that “church is simply a means to an end”; we come to church to be revived, have fellowship, be taught God’s word and go back into the world to make impact.
The Elder Benard Adusei further reminded the church that, if we set ourselves apart for the Lord and his work, we’ll face challenges. He cited the three Hebrew boys and Daniel (Daniel 3 & 6) as examples of people who faced opposition when they decided to serve God diligently. But they were all saved by God when they faced these challenges and God was glorified in the end. He cautioned the church not to compromise whenever they are faced with any difficulty while on their journey of faith. He quoted Psalm 18:1-3 and assured the church of God’s promises to deliver us from trouble.
In his concluding remarks, the minister posited that we have been equipped for the work of God. God has given us the Holy Spirit and we do not have to limit Him to tongues speaking. He has also been given to us so we can do exploits, confront the world and to bring people unto the saving knowledge of Christ. Amen !!!