“God is taking His church to a place where we will come to the unity of the faith, where we will come to the knowledge of the son of God and where we will come to a perfect and a mature man to the measure of the status of the fullness of Christ”
On Sunday the 17th of September 2017, PENSA KNUST sat under a Holy Spirit filled ministration of Mr Quagraine Acquaah Snr., an old student of St Thomas Aquinas Senior High School (Old Tom) and currently serving as the Off Campus Overseer of PENSA KNUST. He ministered on the topic “Walking In The Will of God”, which was later revealed to be the Theme of the year.
His main scriptural reference was taken from Colossians 1:9-10
Overseer Quagraine stated that the main text was in two folds. The 9th verse epitomizes the cause which is “ you being filled with the knowledge of His will ” whereas the 10th verse encapsulates the effect which is after you have been filled with the Knowledge of His will;
- You will walk worthy of the Lord in all pleasing
- You will be able to bear fruit in every good work
- You will increase in the knowledge of God
Moreover, he drew the church’s notice to what Apostle Paul said concerning “the cause” in verses 3,4 and 5. He mentioned three things;
He added that “good works” in simple terms is the outgrowth of the right relationship with God through a personal devotion with our Lord Jesus Christ .If you have a personal devotion with our Lord Jesus Christ you abound in good works – he said.
The Colossian church was abounding in good works in these three things; love, faith and hope. (1 Corinthians 13:13). With the greatest of the three being, Love.
Love is the summary of the prophets and the law, and encompasses all things. In 1 Timothy 1:5, the scripture pin points how the sum of God’s commandments is reduced to love, that is from a pure heart, a sincere faith and a good conscience. The acrostic “L. A. W” represents love At Work. When Love works and dwells in you, you do not struggle with outward things because of the fullness of love within.
Another imperative thing the preacher highlighted was faith. He surmised that God is faithful. The faith of the 21st century church is because we rest upon God’s faithfulness .Faith is like a mantle, the continuous exercise of it helps it grow into that which he likened to a “macho man”. He further explained to the church that the perpetual exercise of one’s faith makes him/her mature to be able to decipher the word of truth and also grow perfectly, abounding in good works. This same faith helps us overcome the world. He cautioned the brethren not to compromise their faith
Hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5), because God’s love has been shared abroad in our hearts through the giving on of the Holy Spirit. In Hebrews 6: 19-20, he enlightened us on how this same hope is the anchor of our soul which is sure and steadfast. He cited a strong warning to the church that if anyone lacked hope you he /she would fall apart in their Christian journey.
Apostle Paul was stimulated to pray for the church because they were abounding in good works. In Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae He used the phrase “we also” to tell that he and Timothy were second parties in their prayers for the Colossian church, since that was already being done by Epaphras (Colossians 4:12-13).
He, Epaphras was Paul’s representative at Colossae where he had founded the church ( Col. 1:7 ), and sought under Paul’s advice to combat prevalent heresies there.
It was in his prayer-ministry, however, that Epaphras was conspicuous. Paul attested to the perseverance and prayers of Epaphras. This giant in prayer knew how to lay all before the Lord, he labored in secret, making the saints perfect and complete in their standing, through his kneeling. He “strove earnestly in his prayers” for the Colossians. His prayers for the stability and maturity of others were numerous, continuous and strenuous. He wrestled in prayer that they might be perfect in the perfection of Christ, and “fully assured in all the will of God.”
Over Quagraine then dug deeper to explain the Will of God. He stated emphatically that God has only one will with two aspects that is to believe and obey. He defined the will of God as God’s active and conscious choice; God’s inclination, intention; God’s delight, desire, decree: His purpose and pleasure.
He added that God’s will is in two folds: God’s general will and His Specific Will.
God’s general will consists of his decretive will, also known as his sovereign or eternal will which is final and shall come to pass by all means.(Ephesians 1:4-11) The general will also consists of God’s preceptive will, which is His ethical and moral will, that is his will of Command. God’s ordinances which we must obey, making us accountable and responsible. The third aspect of God’s general will is His will of disposition, seen in choices and free will, though it is his will that all men may not perish, men still do perish.
The specific will of God is His particulate will concerning every detail of our lives.
God did not purpose a plan, He purposed a person who is our Lord Jesus Christ; the all-inclusive Christ, therefore to have Christ is to walk in the will of God. He urged us to walk as and in Christ who is the will and the way, so as to walk in God’s will. He prayed that by the Holy Spirit the church may come to the epignosis of Christ Jesus, the will of God.
Ovr Quagraine concluded that the will of God can be known and proved through the Holy Spirit and having constant communion with Him (Romans 12:1,2) Amen.
Unveiling of the theme for the 2017/2018 Academic and Spiritual Year
[Written by the Excerpt Crew of the Editorial Committee]