AWO OSU @ 195
Rev. Dr. Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor, the Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, has explained that the pioneering vision of the missionaries and the indigenous Christians was to build bridges between God and humanity and it has not changed.
Speaking at the 195th Anniversary celebration of the Eben-Ezer Congregation, Osu. under the anniversary theme; “195 years of advancing the pioneering vision and mandate: go labour on, spend and be spent,” the Clerk indicated that the vision has always been to expand the frontiers of the Kingdom of God. The missionaries from Europe and the indelible contribution of the indigenes of our land have always been to see all people realize our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and know the power of the resurrection.
Papa Clerk who delivered the sermon on behalf of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, charged that, we are required to work for the Lord because to work is to labour, which is a gift from God to humanity. It is work, that adds value to life. Labour allows us to continue the work of God on earth.
Rev. Dr. G. N. N. Odonkor scanned through the Scripture to indicate that work is of God. In Genesis, God worked by creating everything we see including humans. God is described as a potter, this is work. He is also referred to as the vine dresser or keeper, which is also work. David in Psalm 23 gave the perspective of the work God does for him, saying God is the good Shepherd. Jesus’ teachings have always touched on labour; the parable of the talents, making people fishers of men, the sower who went to sow, workers in the vineyard at different times, etc. All these points to human labour in the scheme of the Christian faith.
Jesus Christ on the cross said, “It is finished”. Rev. Odonkor explained that the salvation work the Father gave Jesus has been fully completed. Jesus worked on His assignment to a perfect completion, therefore, we must all go and labour on, spend and be spent. Human labour is a gift from God.
Whenever we step out to go and work, we are only following and imitating the footsteps of Jesus Christ. We must see labour as a divine mandate and must be done as though we are doing it for the Lord Himself.
The anniversary had Her Excellency, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo-Addo as the special guest of honour. The Greater Accra Regional Minister and other political leaders came for the programme. Traditional leaders also came to grace the occasion to make it a memorable one. The clergy and members of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana fille up the premises to the fullest.
To God be the glory.
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