The mission of Apostles is to preach the gospel of Jesus; provide soul care and cultivate a warm fellowship to prepare the faithful for the first resurrection and eternally live with God in peace and joy.
The - you tube - service was conducted by Apostle Robert Ashie Kotei on Sunday, 21st June, 2020, at 9 am, in Accra, Ghana.
He read - 2nd Corinthians 1:24 “Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand”.
The Apostle first wished a happy father’s day to all fathers and encouraged them to take responsibility of their family members, particularly children.
He expressed concern that divine services were conducted on line / via you tube. No one had thought it this way; having word service without Holy Communion, empty pews, and no fellowship; just to observe social/physical distance of the time.
Work of Apostle / Church Ministers
God sees and knows all our works, reason for which we should be careful. Our works must conform to that of Jesus not the devil. The Lord commissioned the Apostle as declared in the fourth article of faith:
“I believe that the Lord Jesus rules His Church and thereto sent His Apostles, and until His return, still sends them with the commission to teach, to forgive sins in His name and to baptize with water and Holy Spirit.
Apostles are neither controllers of our faith, nor are they miracle workers. Apostle Kotei further admonished that prophesy comes only from God. The soul duty is to preach Jesus and the truth.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”
Joy of the Lord
Love brings joy in addition to trust. One should never betray love for the neighbor. Like Solomon, we should not ask for honor, riches etc. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you; Matthew 6:33. The virtues of trust, honesty, good report, peace, humbleness etc. are of Jesus for our joy - the fruits of the Spirit - Galatian 5:22.
District Elder Ebenezer Adjei in addition encouraged us to bring joy to our soul “the joy of the Lord is your strength” referencing Jeremiah. The Apostles are to preach, baptize, care for souls, fellowship and seek to bring joy in the congregation. Like the widow in the Bible; she did all she could to find her lost coin and when it was found, she invited the neighbors to share the joy. As helpers, we endeavor to promote joy for our heavenly Father to bless our works. With love and hope, we shall joyfully take part in the eternal glory of God.