The Focus for the 2016/2017 spiritual and academic year is “Standing Firm in Christ“. In view of that, the midweek service today (07/09/2016) was an exposition of the Focus. This was spearheaded by none other than the president of the house, Mr. Edward Nketiah Mensah.
In summary, he exquisitely explained the focus, drawing perspectives from both the old and new testaments and then relating it to our lives as Christians today. As part of this process, Mr. Nketiah revealed how some upcoming programs fit strategically into the theme and psyched the congregation on the manner with which to approach them.
In the beginning, he made a comparison between David and us. Even though, we were not deserving of it, God took us from our horrible positions and set our feet on a rock (Jesus). [Psalm 40:2-3] That is why God expects us to stand firm on this rock.
A section of Members at the midweek service
“Two things come in mind when scripture talks about standing firm,” he continued:
First, it means there is an upcoming wind and secondly, there is an upcoming deliverance. Having said this, he went on with references from the Old Testament. In Exodus 14:11-13, Moses said this to the Israelite when they were in the wilderness and were complaining bitterly that he had brought them to die there.
In this, the storm is represented by the Egyptians who were after the Israelite. A similar account is seen in the days of Jehoshaphat, as recorded in 2 Chronicles 20:17 where the upcoming wind was the enemy camps that came against the Israelite.
In the New Testament, we are strongly admonished in 1 Corinthians 15:58 to stand firm and let nothing move us. The preceding verses talk of the deliverance from mortality to immortality and from the corruptible to the incorruptible. The upcoming wind, however, are the trials that we will be faced with as Christians. Another reference in the New Testament is Luke 21:12-19 in which the wind occurs in the form of persecutions.
To be able to stand firm in Christ and access the promise of deliverance, we must have faith in God, since it is by Faith we are able to stand firm. (2 Corinthians 1:24)
The speaker made it clear that there was the option of choosing “being rooted in him” or “abiding in Christ” as the theme. The choice of “standing firm” was made because it encompasses both themes and requires a very strong connection to God.
Moving from this, he went on to mention the various winds we must watch in this day and how we can attack them effectively. They are:
- The Enemy (1 Peter 5:8)
- Evil Day (Ephesians 6:10-14)
- Temptation (1 Corinthians 10:11-12)
- Persecution (Luke 21:12-18)
- False Doctrine
How to attack them:
- Resist the enemy by being alert and sober (1 Corinthians 16:13)
- With the word of God
- Build a strong relationship with Christ
- Put on the whole amour of God
- Build up your trust and faith in God
- Look forward to His coming
- Hold on to sound doctrines (2 Thessalonians 2:15)