CAC Worldwide holds inaugural service for pastoral ordination candidates, as Pastor Akinosun charges them on cost of discipleship

By ‘Gbenga Bankole

Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide on Monday April 1, 2019 held an inaugural service for pastoral ordination candidates at Babalola International Memorial Camp, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun state.

Over 1700 candidates were present for the inaugural service of the training which will run from now till December, 2019 at Ikeji-Arakeji. Some of the lecturers confirmed for the training are Provost, CAC Theological Seminary, Pastor S.O.A. Afolabi, Coordinator of CAC Theological Seminary, Lagos Campus, Pastor Ayo Olaniyi, Coordinator, CAC Theological Seminary, Ibadan, Pastor S.O. Ajayi, Director of Sunday School, CAC Worldwide, Pastor S.O. Aluko, DCC Superintendent, Ijebu DCC, Pastor C.S.A. Balogun and Calvary DCC Superintendent, Pastor M.K. Ehinmode among others.

The President of Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Pastor Abraham O. Akinosun while delivering his speech on the topic “Cost of Discipleship” charged the pastoral candidates to be good disciples of Christ and emulate Him in all their doings.

He noted that the life of Christ provides the pattern from which a minister can begin to understand the nature of his or her life and calling, adding that to be called a disciple of Christ is both an honour and a privilege because it is not every man that has this opportunity.

Pastor Akinosun further stated that Jesus’ method of choosing His Disciples was unique and divine as God did in Old Testament, stating that He chose to employ those that were considered by human beings to be unworthy, the lowly in estate and sometimes the poor.

He added that; “This is a call to the highest post of honour, that is, to become His servant, His hireling or a minister of God. For instance, in the Old Testament, Gideon was fetched from threshing wheat (Judges 6:11), Saul from seeking the lost asses of his father (I Sam. 9:3), and David from keeping the sheep (I Samuel 16:11).”

The Cleric stated that the treasure of the gospel is put into earthen vessels, and the weak and foolish ones of the world are picked to be preachers of it, to confound the wise and mighty (1 Cor. 1:27, 28), that the Excellency of the power may be of God, and all may see that promotion comes from Him.

Costs of discipleship according to him involves obedience, fervent prayer, holiness, discipline and suffering.

“God needs simply obedience from you in simply do what He asks you to do according to the Scriptures and to abstain from what He asks you not to do as written in the Scriptures is a serious issue. This at times involves forgoing ones right, counting those things seem as gain worthless because of Christ’ sake as God would direct. Learn obedience, learn endurance, and learn humility. If you are able to so learn, the sky won’t be able to limit you and you will not make shipwreck of ministry.”

“Pray more for godly character and power than praying for riches. When you are empowered, then you will be able to do great exploits for God. His power remains. Just be an obedient servant of God. According to our text Jesus asked the second person he called to leave things of the world and follow him, leave them let them bury their dead. Today many servants of the Lord have been carried away by   worldly activities rather than devote their time for prayer. Paul admonished us to “pray continually;  18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

“Jesus taught the importance of discipline very clearly in the Bible. When Christ noted that worldly things had occupied the hearts of His disciples, He warned them strongly to be contented with their daily bread and not to look for wealth by all means because that will definitely make them  to derail from God’s purpose for their lives. He then said that whosoever wants to follow him should forsake his father, mother, sisters, and all things and take his cross and follow Him. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.”

“This called for life of perseverance, endurance, faithfulness, purity and all other restrictions as a person who wants to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. The trainees of today are chosen likewise. Jesus called people from nothing not only to be His disciples, but to be partners with Him in the course of His redemptive mission to the whole world. Count it a joy therefore that you received this glorious call into the ministry. As those who have been called before did not fail Him so also do not fail Him. He has called you to be role models like Joseph, Peter, Joseph Ayo Babalola, Isaac Akinyele and a host of other saints triumphant,” Pastor Akinosun noted.

While delivering his speech, the Chairman of the pastoral ordination committee, Pastor E.S. Famiyide thanked God in the life of Pastor Akinosun for lifting the embargo on ordination of pastoral ordination, promising that the committee will not disappoint the church.

Pastor Famuyide told the candidates that attendance is not only important, but imperative.

He noted at the end of the semester all the candidates will write a test, but their first test is their attendance.

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