Living Faith for Practical Christian Life

By Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr

(Sabbath School, 2nd June, 2012 to 18th August, 2012)

 You can be a Hero of Faith

Faith is absolutely important in the life of the believer. It’s a key characteristic of “the divine nature” and is, in fact, the primary evidence that a person knows God. Without faith, one is at a spiritual dead end! Such a person can never excel in the things of God, because he lacks what it takes to believe in God in the first place.     

Knowing the great importance of faith in their spiritual lives, the apostles once said to the Lord, “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). Another way is to listen to the Word: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17).  Download the full sermon here

 

The Secret of the most Glorious Life

By Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr

(Sermon, 11th August, 2012)

The only Death worth Dying

The past three days have seen our country bathed in black and red mourning clothes. The icy hands of death have snatched away the nation's leader when people least expected it. There has been an outpouring of grief and an atmosphere of unprecedented national unity. Some say good has come out of the death.

But actually life on earth is a blip in a measureless sweep of eternity. The Apostle Peter likens it to the transient beauty of a rose. Its glory quickly fades and is no more:  "… all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away. But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you" (1 Pet. 1:24). 

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Good Days are Coming

By Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr

(Sabbath Sermon, 14th July, 2012)

"How hath the Oppressor Ceased!"

The overall message of the Bible falls into the category of good news, but it also contains quite some bad news. The news of man's fall and its resultant evils of sin, death, and sickness have found expression in the numerous incidents of disobedience and punishments recorded in the Bible as well as the last great judgment to be visited on the wicked.

But ultimately good days are coming.  As believers, this is cause for great joy. Not only because God has promised it and therefore certain to happen, but also because the coming new age of unprecedented peace and joy is meant for us believers.        

In Isa. 14 the prophet, in a transcendent prophetic utterance, juxtaposes the last and definitive judgment to come upon Satan with the then imminent judgment to come upon Babylon, Israel's long-time oppressor when out of mercy God restores His people.  

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A World that has made "a Covenant with Death"

By Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr

(Sabbath Sermon, 4th August, 2012)

When is Self-confidence arrant Folly?

Focus Text:

"Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

"Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

"And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it" (Isa 28:15-18).

"A covenant with death!" Why the hell would anybody enter into a covenant with death?

 

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Grace in the Wilderness

By Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr

(Sermon, 23rd June, 2012)

An Unlikely Place for Durable Rest

Text:

"Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest" (Jer. 31:2).

The wilderness is not a fun place nor an amusement park. Neither is it an idyll nor a place to holiday. As a place totally lacking in creature comforts, the wilderness is surely not a place for relaxation. But God caused His people to rest there.

With all the images it conjures, favour is rarely to be found in the desert, a place of want--all sorts of want:  want of food, want of water, want of people, want of clothes, want of jobs, want of friends, and want of money.  As if this wasn't bad enough, the wilderness is full of perils--the peril of enemy attacks, the peril of  bandits and the peril of wild and poisonous animals (Deut 8:15). But that's exactly the place God said His remnant people would find rest after having delivered them from their enemies, into whose hands He had earlier delivered them to be punish and oppressed for their national sins (Jer. chapters 30 & 31).

 

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Are You Making Good Use of Your Time?

By Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr

(Sabbath Sermon, 21st July, 2012)

Judgment is Long Overdue

At the end of a long tirade against the Pharisees for their hypocrisy, Christ virtually lets out that judgment is long overdue.  He charged at them:

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

"And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

"Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

"Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

"Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

"Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

"That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

"Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation" (Matt. 23:29-36). 

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The Wonderful Life of the Obedient

By Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr

(Sermon, 16th June, 2012)

Spiritual Medicine never caused an Overdose!

In what can be likened to prescribing an efficacious drug to a healthy person who does not need it, Job's friend, Eliphaz, gives a piece of sound advice to an upright person who did not really need it.  

That "upright" man was Job (1:1, 8; 2:10).  Eliphaz gave him the advice in the mistaken belief that Job did not have right standing with God, hence the predicament he had gotten into.  

However, prescribing a healthy person an otherwise effective drug does not make the prescription unworthy in itself--it might well bring relief to a sick person who really needs it.  

So is Eliphaz' advice. The fact that he gave his advice to the wrong person does not invalidate it or detract from its worth.  It's a masterpiece of sound Biblical advice all who seek blessing and approval from God should take to heart.   The advice is found in Job 22:21-30:  

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