Comparing Preaching in Acts and Contemporary Preaching in Kumasi-Ghana

Godfred Baffour-Awuah  ORCID iD,  Jonathan E.T. Kuwornu-Adjaottor ORCID iD &  Patrick Yankyera ORCID iD

Issue: Vol.8  No.1  January 2022 Issue  Article 1 pp.1-12
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2022811  |   Published online 27th January 2022.
© 2022 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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Kumasi is saturated with preachers preaching all manner of messages. The media space, along major streets, the church space, as well as the market centres have all witnessed an insurgence of many different preachers. The preaching of the Gospel occupies a major place in the Christian church. Both Jesus and the Apostles as revealed in scripture made preaching and teaching an important part of their ministries. This paper examines the nature of Christian preaching in contemporary times in the city of Kumasi, Ghana. The nature of contemporary preaching is compared to that of preaching in the Book of Acts. Qualitative data was gathered through the preacher’s visits to six churches; sixty listeners and 22 preachers were interviewed in Kumasi. One of the major findings was that some preachers in the city of Kumasi today have turned the preaching of the gospel into a business venture. This study advocates the urgent need to guide preaching in the world today with a biblical motif. Sound biblical preaching is significant for the advancement of the Christian faith. It recommends that preaching must result in societal transformation so contemporary preachers must prioritize relating sermons that shoot down the growing ills in the Ghanaian society. The study adds to knowledge in biblical preaching and brings to bear how useful the guiding mirror of scripture could protect contemporary Christian ministry from destructive messages.

Keywords: Contemporary Preaching, Book of Acts, Christian Ministry.

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Godfred Baffour-Awuah is a lecturer in the Department of Theology, Christian Service University College -Kumasi Ghana.

Jonathan Edward Tetteh Kuwornu-Adjaottor is an Associate Professor in New Testament and Mother Tongued Biblical Hermeneutics in the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Kumasi Ghana.

Patrick Yankyera is the Senior Pastor of the Rhema Assembly of God Church, Ahinsan Kumasi. He is currently a Phd candidate in the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Kumasi Ghana.

Baffour-Awuah G., Kuwornu-Adjaottor, J.E.T. & Yankyera P., “Comparing Preaching in Acts and Contemporary Preaching in Kumasi-Ghana,” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies, 8 no.1 (2022): 1-12  https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2022811 

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