Christ is the builder and owner of the Church- says General Superintendent
The General Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Paul Frimpong Manso has reminded the clergy and congregants that the Church is for Christ and not for anybody and urged Christians to avail themselves to the building of the church and not bluff with their God given talents.
Preaching on the theme; “I will build my church”, based on Matthew 16:13-20, he implored pastors and church members to contribute their quota to Jesus’ project of building the church, during the dedication of a new temple for Assemblies of God, Ghana, Living Word Chapel, Anyinam, at Obuasi recently.
He noted that some people have assumed ownership of the church, but from Jesus’ declaration that; “I will build my church”, it is clear, that human beings do not own the church as some want to claim, but Jesus. “It should therefore not be difficult, for any pastor to retire and leave his local church, to another Assemblies of Ghana, to continue with the building of the Church”.
The General Superintendent, said the Church is rather on the offensive and it is the enemy that is trying in vain to stop it. And that, no power can stop the forward march of the church. The statement by Christ therefore, is a guarantee that the Church cannot be defeated. He cautioned leaders and members not to bluff God’s Church with their God given talents by fighting it, but rather use them to help build the Church.
Rev. Dr. Frimpong Manso, said God needs spiritual men and women to help build the Church. He added that, when Jesus began his ministry, He invited the Holy Spirit first, and that; the church should be built on the Holy Spirit: “Which means; it should manifest the Great Commission, outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the anointing and the spiritual gifts”.
The General Superintendent called on leadership of the Chapel not to relent on their laudable efforts, which could threaten growth. “You must therefore keep the fire on the alter burning always, to intensify spiritual and other activities of the Church. The temple is not our vision; it only serves as a vehicle to move the church to higher heights”.
He commended the resident pastor, Rev. Augustine Kofi Bempah, who is also the District Pastor for Obuasi and the deacons/leaders and the membership for their tremendous support to the pastor which enabled them construct a new temple, after the painful collapse of the previous one which was under construction.
He presented GHS2,000 to the church on behalf of the Executive Council.
Living Word Chapel dedicates new temple at Obuasi.
The new Living Word Chapel
Gen. Sup’t. Rev. Dr. Frimpong Manso cutting the tape of the new temple. He is supported by Rev. Stephen Yaw Manu-immediate left, Rev. Tito Adjei, immediate right and Rev. Tony Amoakohene, extreme right; Regional Superintendents for Ashanti West, North and East respectively. Extreme right is Rev. Emmanuel Anane of Christian Faith Chapel, Obuasi.
Rev. Frimpong Manso, unveiling a plague of the new temple.
Rev. Bempah(with mic) handing over the keys of the temple to Deacon Appiah Boachie, with other deacons looking on.
Assemblies of Ghana, Living Word Chapel, has dedicated an ultra-modern temple at a cost of over GHS 2,9 billion to the glory of the Lord, in a colorful ceremony, recently at Obuasi in the Ashanti Region.
In his goodwill message, the General Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Paul Frimpong Manso said, the Living Word Chapel has been a beacon of hope to the surrounding communities and opened its doors to bring salvation to many who were outside the barn.
He paid a glowing tribute to the pioneering pastors; Rev. Cosmos Aboagye, former Head Pastor of the Living Faith Assembly and the late Rev. David Amponsah, the first pastor of Living Word Chapel for their resilience and vision in planting the church in 1998 at Anyinam, Obuasi.
Rev. Dr. Frimpong Manso commended the current Pastor, Rev. Augustine Kofi Bempah and his wife, the church board and entire membership for taking up the challenge to build from ground zero after the collapse of the former one during construction after a wind storm. He urged them not to rest on their oars; because there is more work beyond.
Rev. Augustine Kofi Bempah in his welcome address,said the building project started nine years ago. And through the commitment and dedication of the leaders and members, they have been able to complete the project,in the face of numerous challenges that confronted them in the process. He said words cannot describe their gratitude to God for this achievement.
He commended Brothers Hugh Debrah, John Baiden, and Fred Attakumah, the Architect, Structural Engineer and Electrical Engineer respectively, who contributed variously to the building project.
Similarly, Brother Douglas Frimpong, CEO of FRIDOG Company and Major Dr. Paul Antwi Asante, (Rtd), Chairman of the Building committee were commended by Rev. Bempah for their immense contribution in cash and kind to the completion of the temple.
He acknowledged the initial work of his predecessor, Rev. David Amponsah of blessed memory and thanked all those who supported in diverse ways for the completion of construction of the temple.
Some of the dignitaries that graced the occasion; included the Obuasi Municipal Chief Executive, Hon.Ofori Boadi and Mr. Fred Attakumah, Managing Director, & Vice President, Corporate Affairs, AngloGold Ashanti, Gh. Ltd.Others are; Rev. Stephen Yaw Manu,Rev. Tony Amoakohene and Rev. Tito Adjei, AG., Regional Superintendents for Ashanti West, East and North respectively.
Section of members during the dedication service