Summary: There is hope for the hopeless
OUR JUBILEE HAS COME
(A Sermon delivered by Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, General Secretary of Christian Council of Ghana on Sunday January 26, 2014 during the Launching of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Ghana Police Church, Accra).
Key Bible Passages: Ps 48:14 & Matt 4: 16
I give thanks to the Almighty for the opportunity to be part of this historic service. Moreover, I am grateful to the leadership of the Ghana Police Church Accra for the invitation. On behalf of the Christian Council of Ghana I bring you all greetings. May the peace of the good Lord be with you all. The Christian Council of Ghana identifies with your celebration not only because the Council has provided your church with Pastors since its inception but also your significant contribution to Christian missionary enterprise in Ghana. Today we have Police churches spread across the country and all of them have their beginnings from your church. We say Ayekoo to Police church. Let me also acknowledge the presence of Bishop Asamoah Okyere the Conference Secretary of the Methodist Church Ghana and Hon Kwesi Ahwoi the Minister for the Interior for accepting to join us in worship this morning.
I pray that the celebrations will provide us the opportunity to praise God for His faithfulness over the years, affirm some of our members who have distinguished themselves in the service of the church, heal the wounds in our history and set fresh targets for the coming years.
JUBILEE CELEBRATION AS A MOMENT OF HOPE RENEWAL
We have gathered here this morning for the launching of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Police Church Accra. Fifty years in the Bible is just not numbers. Fifty years have both spiritual and theological significance. Jubilee celebration as elaborated in Lev 25:8-17 was a period of forgiveness, freedom, reconciliation, fresh opportunities and a moment of hope. The people of Israel would always be looking forward to the 50th year for the Jubilee blessings.
In the New Testament Jubilee is not just fifty years but the coming of Christ. In Lk 4: 18-19 Jesus announced the ‘acceptable year of the Lord’. The fullness of the Jubilee blessings are therefore fully embedded and fulfilled in Him. The advent of Christ provides the assurance that the Lord is mindful of us and He will come at the right time to help. In Christ every day, year or moment is the Jubilee moment for the people of God. The Jubilee will at all time bring renewal of hope to the hopeless.
JUBILEE BLESSINGS THROUGH DIVINE INTERVENTION AND HUMAN EFFORTS
The Jubilee is an affirmation that God has pleasure in the prosperity of His servants (Ps 35:27). God is not just interested in the wellbeing of His people. He is also an active participant in the process towards the wellbeing of His people. He provides people, programmes, institutions, spiritual gifts and the church to facilitate the prosperity of His people. God will always provide the divine interventions, favor, support, guidance, protection, and presence that will facilitate the growth and development of His people.