Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), has said that the Holy Spirit plays a critical role in transforming the lives of Christians.
He said when a person becomes a born-again Christian, it takes the Holy Spirit to transform him into Christ-likeness.
Rev Prof Martey made these remarks during the Breakfast Meeting and Alumni Homecoming of the PCG, Max Dodu Memorial Congregation, Lartebiokorshie, Accra.
The event on the theme “Arise and Build”, was attended by former members of the Congregation (who were now worshipping with other PCG branches), as well past ministers.
It forms part of activities marking the 60th Anniversary of the PCG, Max Dodu Congregation.
Speaking on the sub-theme “Manifesting the Glory of God”, Rev Prof Martey said Christians experience the glory of God through the Holy Spirit.
He said the Holy Spirit manifests his presence in person by both the works he does in the person and the works he does through the person; declaring that “however, to manifest the glory of God, one must be born-again”.
Rev Prof Martey, who was the guest speaker at the event, said “God has given us Christians authority, a spiritual authority that could not be taken by anyone”.
He said man was created in the image of God, and that Jesus died on the cross to redeem humanity from the power of sin.
“Therefore, there is jealousy in Satan that is why you should be careful not to allow Satan, whom you were created to be above him, to come and control you”, he added.
Prof Lade Wosornu, who chaired the occasion, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said one major issue confronting the youth was the problem of unemployment, which probably was also affecting youth in other parts of the world.
Prof Wosornu urged the youth to retool themselves for the major market and to be prepared to be retrained for positions which exist.
“If you train to be a nurse and you find out that there are no more jobs for nurses, then find another trade; this happens in other countries like Germany, Brazil and Japan”.
Mr Emmanuel Tettey Kobina Pinto, Session Clerk at PCG, Max Dodu Congregation, said other activities lined up include ‘Bonfire Night, Family Day Out, Candle Light Procession while the Climax of the Anniversary would take place on 5th May.
He noted that however, there were some activities that would be scheduled till the year comes to end, and then finally a Thanksgiving Service in December.
Mr Pinto, who is also Secretary to the PCG, Max Dodu Congregation 60th Anniversary Planning Committee, said the church was blessed with a large area but had not tapped into that resources, and so they were hoping they would be able to utilize the resources by building schools and resource centres.
It would be recalled that the catchment area of the PCG, Max Dodu Congregation, in the late 1950s was mix bag of a fairly well-populated area.
In those days, the nearest PCG congregation were at Abossey-Okai or the preaching posts at Mamprobi and Chorkor.
For that matter, most Presbyterians in those days at Lartebiokorshie either worshipped at Abossey-Okai or at Accra Central Church.
The Abossey-Okai Congregation, was then under the Accra Central District, which was then headed by Rev Max Dodu, a past Moderator of PCG.