Rarely will you be privileged to have the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, the General Secretary, together with other dignified Apostles, pastors and officers from Asokwa Area along with their wives in a PENSA Service. 27th November, 2016 has truly been a special service, aside the grand laying of the foundation of the mega building project. Camera crews from Pent TV and alumni from PENSA were also present to grace the occasion.
The church was blessed to be ministered unto on by the General Secretary, Apostle A.N.Y Kumi Larbi, who is also a structural engineer. By his profession and passion for buildings, he led the church to a thorough understanding of the topic, “Building on Jesus Christ, the sure solid foundation”.
His main scriptural references were form 1 Corinthians 3:1-23, Psalm 11:3 and Hebrews 13:7-9. He began by making the gathering appreciate the technical definition of a foundation: it is the lowest load-bearing part of a building. In life, therefore, a foundation refers to the underlying principles or the ground work on which something is supposed to be built.
A good foundation is very important because, it holds up the building and holds the various parts together. Relating this to the Christian life, we must ensure that we do not base our Christian beliefs on weak assumptions and doubts but on the solid foundation of Christ Jesus. (Luke 6:47-48)
Again, a good foundation makes a building stand strong against harsh weather conditions. That means, unless our Christianity is built on Christ Himself, we cannot stand the test of time.
We must be careful not to focus on the aesthetics of our building or compromise based on the costs involved in putting up a solid structure. A weak foundation can result in differential settlement. In engineering, this happens when a part of the building is on a solid foundation whilst another part of it is on a weak one. Overtime, as the building begins to settle, whole structure begins to fail.
A foundation is the first step in putting up a building and this connotes that we must begin the major steps we take in life on the right notes. For instance, marriages based on lies or compromises do not stand the test of time. That is why it is extremely crucial that we build our Christian lives on none other than Christ Jesus Himself. We must walk in the consciousness that:
- We are God’s fellow workers. We must work together. The only people we need to be unequally yoked with are unbelievers.
- We are God’s field (Matthew 13:38).
- We are God’s building and are building on His foundation. The different parts of the building require different methods of construction, but we must be able to collaborate with another.
Building on the solid foundation of Jesus dictates that we recognize Him as the Savior, Healer, Baptizer and our Soon Coming King. This is what must direct our Christian life; this is how to build on Jesus Christ the solid foundation.
It means we must have a personal encounter with Jesus. And as we are building on that, we must build with the right materials, that is, gold silver and precious stones. These are permanent, beautify and expensive. We can do this by building our Christian lives on sound doctrine and good practices. (Acts 2:42) Otherwise, we would be building with hay, wood and straw which are temporary, ordinary, and cheap.
Drawing reference from Hebrews 13:1-6, Colossians 1:16-20 and Romans 11:36, Apostle Larbi concluded the sermon by admonishing the church to follow the good attributes of our leaders as we yearn to build with the right material. We need to walk the Christian journey with a desire to build with the right materials on Jesus Christ, our solid foundation.
The second part of the service proceeded with a short history of the building project, by the Travelling Secretary.
This was immediately followed by the laying of the foundation for the building project, and this was done by the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah. What a day!