Last week, we inaugurated the Men’s group. Today, we inaugurate the Women’s Groups of our great Church, and I employ you all to support this great evangelistic move. In a not too distant future, we shall be inaugurating the Youth and Children’s Ministries too. These groups will be the bedrock of our launch into the deep, to ensure full manifestation of the Glory of God in our lives.
Our starting point is our 5C + 1 Agenda.
That we are in Church, is a testimony to the fact, that we are no longer of the Community. At least we are all church going! Over and above that, I can ascertain that most of us at ACOTA, have past the Crowd stage. We have been able to build a Congregation here.
But God demands much more from us. Most of us have been too long as ‘good church members’, we are regular, pay our dues, but God wants us to move to the next level. In Deut. 1: 6, and 2: 3, God told His children the Israelites, and by extension us, that “You have dwelt long enough at this mountain, move up! It’s time for us to move up. Let’s get a little more Committed, to the things of the Lord, and show it by works in church.
Service to the Lord comes with a reward. In Exodus 23: 25, 26, the word of the Lord is clear – 25 “So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. 26 No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. This should give us comfort and excitement.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your father who is in heaven.” This goes for every ACOTAite.
Your Ministry is a ‘Call’ to higher responsibility, very different from a regular job. This is a Call from Christ Himself.
A job is one you choose; a ministry is one Christ chooses for you.
A job depends on your abilities; a ministry depends on your availability to God.
In a job you expect to receive; in a ministry you expect go give.
A job done well brings you self-esteem; a ministry done well brings honor to Jesus Christ.
In a job, you give something to get something; in a ministry, you return something that has already been given to you.
A job well done has temporal remuneration; a ministry well done brings eternal rewards.
This is the Ministry we are inaugurating you into today. You should begin to take up responsibilities and ownership and become a partner with Christ. You are the ‘Core’ of the church.
Finally, remember ‘Completing’ Goshen, is ‘our’ task that must be done!
I love you, and speak Great Grace into your life in this year of our Rising Glory.
Your Vicar and friend.
Revd. Canon Kiri Wakama.