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Baptisms at the Bible School
The Easter Bible School at the peaceful haven of the Christian Village near the bustling city of Kumasi is the one event that helps bring most of the brothers and sisters together in uplifting fellowship around the Word of God for four days. Considering the fact that our last major Bible School took place in 2002, the prospect of a further gathering some three years later brought much joy to us.
As students of the word, and indeed watchmen, the chosen theme gave us much to look forward to. "And what I say to you I say to all, 'Stay awake.'" (Mark 13:37) had six fitting and prompting addresses for our study, and the general feeling was that we were going to share some thoughtful studies to awaken us, as well as make us more watchful, as the day of the Lord closes on us.
Brother Michael Woodcock, speaking on the need to watch our doctrine, stressed that we must not be deceived by the worldwide propagation of falsehood that has bedevilled Christianity. Therefore, as Paul advised, we should "do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed" (1 Timothy 2:15). Concluding his thoughts on watching unto self, he looked at Malachi, especially chapter 1, showing the need to honour God our Father with all respect and devotion, careful that we do not rob Him, but offering our whole self and our very best to Him.
The focal point of the weekend was the Breaking of Bread meeting on Sunday. Our Nigerian brother Elijah Okorie, visiting Ghana from Lomé in Togo, exhorted on the need to learn to be clean and holy as the Lord demanded of the Levites and priests. He coupled that with the advice of Solomon in Proverbs 5:8-13, laying much emphasis on verse 11: "And at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed," - a telling verse, as the HIV pandemic is destroying many lives in Africa.
A high point of the Bible School was the baptism on Sunday morning of five members - three brothers and two sisters. It was so delightful to welcome them at the baptismal ground as we all sang cheerfully, attracting children and passers by. The baptised are: Sister Monica Yenbaree from Accra (a niece of Brother Emmanuel Yenbaree), Brother Anthony Kobina Obeng (Shama Junction), Brother P.K. Obeng, Brother Attah Dogbe and Sister Akua Nyarkoah (all of Moseaso ecclesia).
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