Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:3-10)
2018 THEME: DISCIPLINE IS A MATTER OF OBEDIENCE
HEBREWS 12:7-10 (NIV)Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined – and everyone undergoes discipline – thenyou are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
As a Church we have just celebrated the 5th Year of enthronement of my goodself as the Bishop of Accra. The theme for the celebration, basically was based on the third pillar of the Church’s vision, “Growth based on Discipline and Integrity”. Typically, I wish to dwell on Discipline.
Growth is part of our life. It is not limited to Church matters but, also, the life of the nation as a whole. One may ask, “What is Discipline”? Discipline can be explained as training which develops one’s moral character and help to produce a particular type of behavior. Training which helps the individual to correct, improve the overall conditions - moral character, with the change in behavioral pattern. Discipline is an essential part of our life. In fact, without disciplined life we cannot work smoothly.
Parents, elders of the family, and teachers are the first people to introduce the sense of discipline to a child. Discipline must be imbibed from early stages of life. It ensures smooth flow of life without putting hindrances to the individual’s liberty. Discipline teaches us to be systematic towards achieving our goal of life. It helps us to achieve our ambitions. Discipline is a matter of obedience.
The question about church discipline is settled by the clear biblical mandate of Matthew 18: 15-20, “If your brother or sister sins, ……….” A misconception that greatly hinders the process of church discipline is the widely held belief that “church discipline is somehow mean-spirited and only practiced by “ultra-conservatives”. Church discipline is an expression of love. Likewise, discipline in our national life must be an expression of love. You might have noticed that some of our anxiety about discipline today is rooted in our contemporary confusion about the church; about authority, and even about God.
I wish to assure you that with discipline in our lives growth will automatically follow, as everything would be put in perspective, from the episcopate to the grass-root.
This year’s ASSA rally was held on the 18th of June 2016 at the El-Wak Sports Stadium. It was attended by all the Archdeaconries within the Accra diocese. We had a total of two thousand six hundred and eighty-four (2684) children and the teachers numbering one hundred and ninety-seven (197).
The day begun with singing of Sunday school songs led by bro Shadrack Adotey. The gathering was addressed by bro Reginald Adotey on behalf of the ASSA President and Rev. Fr. Adade, Director of the Youth and Children’s Ministry.
The Anglican Women Ministry of the Diocese of Accra has participated in the annual World Day of Prayer service which was held at the Nativity Presbyterian Church, La in the Greater Accra region.
This year’ serviceon the theme “Receive Children. Receive me” formed part of a global celebration observed by Christian communities throughout the world who have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.