The opening ceremony of the 2018 Synod of the Global Evangelical Church under the theme Effective Discipleship- The Cross and our Commitment has been held at the University of Ghana, Legon on Thursday, August 9, 2018.
Rev. Dr. Richard Gadzekpo, the National Director, GHAFES, was in attendance and was given the opportunity to present fraternal greetings to the synod on behalf of the ministry of GHAFES. In his address, the National Director stressed on the partnership between GHAFES and the GEC particularly their kind support towards SICE 2018. “Your acts of kindness to GHAFES this year brought hope and comfort to many and it placed smiles on the hopeless”.
Please read the full address below:
FRATERNAL GREETING TO THE GLOBAL EVANGELICAL CHURCH
REV. DR. RICHARD MAWULI KOMLA GADZEKPO
(NATIONA DIRECTOR – GHANA FELLOWSHIP OF EVANGELICAL STUDENTS)
The assignment of bringing fraternal greetings to the Global Evangelical Church here in Legon (Mensah Sarbah Hall) fills me with an unusual sense of joy and satisfaction. My joy is full, first of all, because this is my first opportunity to speak a word of fraternal greeting to your great synod.
I am speaking as a representative of the largest National Students Movement in the Country represented on 52 tertiary Institutions. Although many of your leaders such as Rev. R.M.K Attih, Rev. Prince Tefe are acquainted with our work at GHAFES, most of you no doubt, may have never heard of GHAFES. Therefore please forgive me for interpolating a few remarks concerning GHAFES.
GHAFES is about people, including Students, Associates, staff and friends of GHAFES with a commitment to reaching the “Tertiary” world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As a church, you have over the years played a pivotal role, through various endeavors, in the nurturing and raising of Christian students and leaders of integrity in Ghana. Your prayers, words of encouragement and diverse forms of support have contributed immensely to the success stories of GHAFES.
Your acts of kindness to GHAFES this year brought hope and comfort to and it placed smiles on the faces of many through your enthusiastic support of the 2018 GHAFES Students In Church Evangelism (SICE) programme. We are forever grateful and look forward to a continuous partnership support.
As I bring my greetings to a close, I wish to state that the greatest need of today is not more church members but a deeper commitment of those we have; not larger numbers but individuals committed to making Christ-like disciples.
Discipleship should not be so much a program in the local church that some sign up for, rather discipleship should be the culture of the church, where every member aims at helping others become more like Christ.
And so, I want to remind this Synod that effective discipleship begins in our homes, it begins with parents evangelizing and discipling their children. It should ripple out through the entire church, where we all are helping one another grow in godliness. In 1 Thessalonians 2:8 “Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, 8 so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.
Paul reveals three crucial ingredients for effective discipleship namely:
The godly message is the gospel; the godly manner is evident love for others; and, the godly motive is to please God from the heart. If you’re clear on the gospel, evident in your love for others, and doing everything to please God who examines your heart, God will use you to help others grow to be more like Christ.
As you continue in this gathering please know that my personal prayers and those of The Executive Council and entire GHAFES Family are with you. May God richly bless this conference with His abundant grace. May the love of Christ draw you close to one another in fellowship. May the Holy Spirit renew you in faith for the great works of service that God is calling us to perform. .
I close with a great Scriptural benediction: “Now unto him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Richard M. Gadzekpo