It was Sunday, the 17th of April 17, 2016 and the whole body of PENSA-KNUST gathered to render worship unto the Lord. The glory that hovered around the Building Site could not be overrated as the service was graced by very distinguished people of God from far and near. It was also the day of climax for the Alumni of PENSA-KNUST who came back on a visit to their Alma Mater. What a sight it was to behold! Also in attendance were former executives who held varying positions as president, secretary, and the like, dating to as far back as 2006.
The vessel that God used to minister unto his people was the Travelling Secretary of the Greater-Accra Region, Pastor Ebenezer Hagan. But before his ministration, a time was allocated for the alumni to share powerful testimonies to encourage the current student body of PENSA. After this moment of utter inspiration came another. This time, the congregation was split into groups in like manner as is done during Bible Study. Each group was assigned alumni who now had a closer interaction with the members. In 20 minutes, they touched on interesting topics like, “Pursuing Academic Excellence”, “Financial Management”, and “Marriage”.
When the time for the word ministration was due, Pastor Hagan climbed the podium to strategically deliver on the topic, “United for Impact”. The main scriptures he based the message on were from John 15, John 17 and Galatians 5:13-15. He started by making the congregation understand how the world is now in a state he described as “dying”. He set a good number of instances to buttress the point that the world has reached the start of eschatology. Firstly, he pointed out how other religions have now resolved to take up the world with force and strategies. Also, he mentioned of a research that sampled the top reasons people migrated from one church to another. It showed that a huge chunk of the youth left their mother churches to new charismatic churches with reasons such as dislike for old doctrines, technological advancements in the new churches and invitation by friends. This, he explained was an obvious sign that young people needed great impartation.
For this to be realized there needs to be unity in today’s church. God is the master-builder, Jesus is the chief cornerstone and we Christians are the laborers. If we don’t unite, we can’t construct a building together. In John 15, the point is reiterated that God is the gardener, Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Once again it shows we need to be united, but more importantly, it shows we can’t be united unless we are truly connected (as branches) to Jesus (the vine). This is evident again in 1 John 1:7. There the Bible states, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light we have fellowship with one another”. We need to be united by connecting to God. Some other scriptures he used to throw more light on this were 2 Samuel 10:9-12 and 1 Kings 19:17.
The concluding part of the sermon was in bullet points.
What happens when there’s no unity
- A house is divided and won’t stand.
- Projects are left unattended to. (The tower of Babel)
- There is destruction (Galatians 5:13-15)
How we can stay united
- Portraying gentleness. That is, being gracious, truthful, patient, tolerant and loving. Not pushing people down in order to shine
- Accommodate, encourage and celebrate those ahead of us. Unlike Joseph’s brothers did in the Bible.
- Get rid of jealousy.
- Endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit. (Ephesians 4:3)
Beginning with a hot praises which led the congregation through the time of offering, the service continued with a hand-over for the alumni coordinators, announcements and a closing prayer. It was attended by 854 people; 541 gentlemen and 313 precious ladies.