Holy Garments Portray Holy Living – Pastor Observes
The former Head of Bethel Baptist (BB) Association in Sefwi, Rev. Jerry king Tewiah, has observed that holy garments portray holy living. Subsequently, those who down them should refrain from all acts of unholiness and sin, since holy garments are, symbols of holiness from God.
Citing Exodus 28:1-3, Leviticus 16:4 and others therein to buttress his point, Rev. Tewiah pointed out that priesthood, that goes with the downing of Holy garments is a calling from God. It is against this background that all priests in God’s holy garments maintain holiness in all aspects of their lives.
Rev. Tawiah made this observation during the “Robing Ceremony” of Rev. Augustine Oppong-Boadi as resident pastor for the Juaboso BBC at the church’s Premises at Juaboso last Sunday November 10, 2019.
With the theme “Robing for a special Assignment” Rev. Tewiah noted that the wearing of God’s holy Garments stands one out of the lot, to carry out special assignment and duties. In this regard one must refrain from un-holiness, haughtiness, arrogance and down the garment of humility, Patience and forbearance
GARMENT FOR CONSECRATION
Rev. Tewiah pointed out that besides portraying God’s beauty and glory, holy garments are also meant for consecration. As such, Rev. Oppong-Boadi should not disregard his calling from God for man’s ways because it is God who has called him and set him apart. He should therefore identify the environment in which he is working and work assiduously to the satisfaction of God.
“Respond to know your assignment to identify it. Don’t rely on someone to identify it for you.Know where (environment) you are working.It is difficult, but with God, everything will be possible” he advised.
STUDY TO APPROVE YOURSELF
While stressing that it is the word of God that has sustained some of them all this while Rev. Tewiah charged Rev. Oppong-Boadi to study the word to approve himself; thatthe word must be his focus and to pursue the presence of God every time, every day, everywhere, trusting in it as some of them had, stressing that was the only garment and source of power from God.
He opined that not all problems were spiritual, saying that most problems emanated from things people do or hung on to.
STAY AWAKE, ALERT, AWARE
Rev. Tewiah further charged the new priest to stay awake, alert and aware, citing Nehemiah 4:7-9 as his support verse. He hinted that Satan would not be happy with whatever the new pastor was out there to do, especially the Robing of the new garment, which would seriously attract his (the devils) attention.
While charging him to cooperate with the church and its elders Rev. Tewiah urged Rev. Oppong – Boadi to cooperate with the church, stop something wrong from growing bigger, while killing all that God hates
ONE FOR THE CHURCH
Further basing his sermon on Exodus 17:8-14 Rev. Tewiah charged the church to cooperate with the new priest since he could not do things all alone he subsequently charged the church to support him all aspects spiritual, physical, financial material, etc, in order to make the church grow from strength to strength to the very glory of God
REV. AUGUSTINE OPPONG – BOADI, THE CHURCH BUILDER
Though born and bred in a typical Muslim home to Mallam Yaw Boadi (Father) and Miriam Akua Tanaah (Mother), Rev. Oppong-Boadi became staunch Christian during his secondary School days at the Sefwi Wiawso Secondary School (SEWAS) giving his life to Christ. He joined the scriptural Union (S.U) while furthering his education at the Kwadaso Agric College in Kumasi. It was there he started his mission work in and around the surrounding villages thereby attracting the Nicknames Reverend, Priest, pastor.
Thereafter he joined the church of Pentecost at Sefwi Adabokrom as a Sunday School Teacher. From there he continued his missionary work at the Juaboso Church of Pentecost as Regional Children Movement Director
In furtherance of the missionary work, Rev. Oppong Boadi led a three-man prayer team to establish the present Assemblies of God Church, Juaboso in March 1983. Still led by the Holy Spirit, the team purchased four (4) plots of land and built a church auditorium which is the present worship center for the church – Assemblies.
Enchanted by his missionary and soldering spirit mindedness Rev. Oppong – Boadi was always invited by members of the newly established Baptist Church under the auspices of the Home Missionary to teach them there finally, he joined the Baptist church , when according to him, he had a call in a dream to help build the kingdom of God in June 2007
UTILIZATION OF CALL & MINISTERIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
After joining the Baptist Church, he was elected leader of the church, where he went to the Baptist School Ministry to learn more about the Baptist Church to equiphim build the kingdom of God. There, he graduated with a certificate in Ministry. With further help from Rev. Anyensu of Sefwi Bekwai, Rev. Oppong Boadi got enrolled in Baptist Theological seminary, graduating with a Diploma in Ministry. Currently, he is the Head pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church (BBC), Juaboso
When he joined the Bethel Baptist Church, they were worshiping in a classroom.Through fervent prayer and teaching, as well as good leadership skill, he have led the church to acquire four plots of land, and have put up an 80-person capacity temporally church building where the church worships. By the grace of God he has also led the church to put up a permanent church building, which is at the roofing state, and bought one generator for evening service, due to power fluctuation. Through consistent evangelism and soul winning outreaches, the church has grown from fifteen (15) to forty five (45) adult memberships, and twenty –one (21) children membership with the new building having over a thousand capacity.
With the following visions, Rev. Oppong Boadi’s BBC, Juaboso is about the furthest in that part of the town, signaling how far his visions can go
- To help establish additional five to ten churches by the next five years
- To help train the youth in leadership and missions to man churches which will be established
- To strengthen the auxiliaries in the local church especially the children’s department and youth department
- To help complete the eight hundred capacity auditorium at the District Capacity by the end of 2025
I know with God on our side we will surely succeed
Married to Rev. Mrs. Charlotte Oppong – Boadi, and blessed with seven (7) issues Two (2) males and five(5) females, Rev. Oppong Boadi holds First Degree in Extension from the University of Cape Coast, Diploma in Ministry From Northern Ghana Baptist Seminary and Certificate in Ministry from the Baptist School of Ministry
Source: S.O Ankamh, Sefwi Juaboso, W/N R