By Dr. Sam Doku
In a passionate zeal to make members of Divine Word International Ministries take themselves and their relation to God more seriously, Bishop (Dr.) Kofi Adonteng-Boateng admonished the church not to take the worshipping of God for granted.
The sermon this past Sunday sounded like a sequel to last week’s when the Bishop preached vehemently against idol worshipping and deviltry.
“If you take God seriously and worship him like you are supposed to, He will take you from zero to hero, from obscurity to fame, from nobody to somebody, from poverty to wealth, from ordinary to extraordinary, and from invisible to greatness” said the founder of Divine Word.
He told church members to shelve the attitude of thinking they come to church to please him and to adopt a more positive mien to build a relationship with God and come to church, not to please him but to exalt God.
Having arrived a couple of hours from travel that stretched from Tuesday to Sunday, the Bishop lacerated his sermon with brevity, taking his reading for the day from Psalm 30.
The Psalmist, among other things, speaks of worshipping God and exalting His name; in it David also tells God to bless him with life because the dead cannot exalt His name. The Psalmist appreciates God’s anger being brief but a moment’s favor from God endures forever.
The Bishop ended his sermon by asking members of the congregation to come to church on time so that service would end early. “Although service begins at noon, everybody must endeavor to be here at least by 3:00 PM so that we can leave by 5:00 PM,” reiterated Dr. Adonteng-Boateng.
The Bishop has stopped going on prayer line on Sundays to enable him to devote the holy day to the traditional worship in the church.
Noted for his gift of prophesy, Bishop Adonteng-Boateng revealed two miracles that occurred in the lives of two church members last week. He prophesized that one would have her indebtedness to the Internal Revenue Service forgiven and the other would receive her work permit after waiting in the trenches for 15 years, and they all came to pass.
In another testimony, an elderly church member simply known as Nana testified that before coming to Divine, she hopped from church to church, not quite sure where to commit herself to worshipping the Lord, but at Divine, her spiritual life has settled down and has been fortified. She is a stroke survivor.
Pastor Ernest Opoku thrilled congregation members with soul-inspiring songs as Pastor Collins and the Divine Angels Choir supported him with their vocal exultation that was at once stentorian, upbeat, and assuring.