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Christians must shed worldly thoughts and deeds and pursue godliness

By
Samuel Osei-Frempong, GNA
   

Tema, Aug. 12, GNA – Christians
have been urged to stand out in character and devotion to God in a secular
world trapped in escapist and self-destruct philosophies.

“Unfortunately, the
great commission has become the great omission in the present day church.
Believers are largely undistinguishable from non-believers in how they think
and live.”

The Right Reverend
Thomas Brown Forson, Methodist Bishop of Tema, who was delivering the keynote
address at the 15th and the 26th connexional delegates’ conference of the
Methodist Guild in Tema, charged Christians to redirect the path of humanity by
preaching the salvation message in the context of the great commission.

More than 700
delegates from the 19 dioceses of the Methodist Church, Ghana, are
participating in the three-day conference on the theme: “Go and make disciples
of all nations: rekindling the Methodist Guild Spirit for church growth”.

According to him,
“Salvation is the main need of everybody and the heartbeat of God…Soul
winning is the main aspect of our evangelical heritage that was getting lost on
the Church.

The only way to
rekindle its dying embers is for every true Methodist to revive his or her
passion for the lost. We must rescue the perishing and care for the dying. This
should not merely be a song we sing. It must be a life we live.”

He said,” To follow
Jesus of Nazareth into his cosmic reign is simply the most challenging, the
most beautiful, the most costly and the most rewarding journey we could ever
choose to begin.”

The Reverend
challenged the Guilders to take stock and make projections that agree with the
original mission of the Methodist Guild which was to primarily evangelize and
win souls for Christ.

Mr Jonathan Bassaw,
Connexional President of Methodist Guild, said the guilders were poised to
actively participate in the Methodist Church’s membership drive.

According to him, the
Church’s vision of planting sixty churches a year was a task that the guilders
had taken up as part of their mandate of preaching the gospel to the served and
underserved parts of the country.

He said under the
Methodist Guild Scholarship, twenty-six students had so far been helped through
the formal educational system and formal and informal vocation and trade
apprenticeship.

He disclosed that the
Guilders had acquired four acres of land at Offinso in the Ashanti Region for
the development of an ultra-modern retreat and events centre for church use and
public rental.

GNA

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