Redeeming Faith celebrates ministry

Apostle Frank Clifton laughs before the start of services at Redeeming Faith and Anointing Church. Clifton delivered the sermon.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.

The 16th anniversary celebration at Redeeming Faith and Anointing Church included a sermon by Apostle Frank Clifton to encourage the pastors of the church to continue being obedient to God.



Pastor: Pastors Babajide “BJ” Osoba and Teresa Osoba.
Location: 918 SE Williston Road.
Services: Sunday morning worship is 10 a.m. and Bible study is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Phone: 352-367-9933.

Services to celebrate the anniversary were held last Wednesday through Saturday at the church at 918 SE Williston Road.

And on Friday night, Clifton, pastor of Gateway Christian Center in Gainesville, delivered an emotional and uplifting sermon. The pastors of Redeeming Faith are Babajide "BJ" Osoba and Teresa Osoba.

Nitta Thompson, associate pastor at Anointing of the Holy Spirit Ministries in Gainesville, presided over the service, which also featured praise and worship led by the praise team from Gateway.

"We're here to celebrate 16 years of ministry," Thompson said. "That is awesome within itself, and we're here to celebrate what God is doing and to lift him up."

The service included a praise dance by Marcellus King of PASSAGE Family Church in Gainesville and Shacara Thompson of Anointing of the Holy Spirit, who danced to "Take Me to the King" by Tamela Mann.

Redeeming Faith member Jenai Collins gave the welcome and occasion, and in doing so, read a list of names of young members of the church who have graduated from high school and college and are doing positive things with their lives. They are: Latonia P. Hines, a lawyer with the Cobb County Solicitor General's Office in Atlanta, and Christopher Polke, who has a master's degree in accounting and currently works and lives in Orlando, where he is the associate pastor of Redeeming Light Center Church.

Clifton began his sermon by encouraging the Osobas to be "strong in their stand as pastors" and to embrace and be captivated by their calling. He said Satan is an adversary to pastors, just like he is to other Christians. He also said pastors need to be encouraged and need to learn how to encourage themselves.

He said although there is a universal calling that pastors adhere to, he said pastors also have individual assignments from God. He told the Osobas not to worry about what other churches are doing, but to continue the work God has assigned them.

"You have to be very careful because God has taken great care to call you," said Clifton, as parishioners applauded.

He used several scriptures to make his point, including Ephesians 6:10. He said Apostle Paul wasn't talking about physically being in prison when he spoke of being a prisoner. Paul said he was "bound to" and completely sold out to the calling God gave him, Clifton said.

He said pastors must surrender all their knowledge to the Lord and learn how to be humble and submit themselves to God.

"You must submit yourself before you commit yourself to God," he said.

He also told the Osobas to never evaluate their ministry based on the number of members in their church. He said pastors who stand in their calling can differentiate between "holy and hellish" people.

"God is not going to judge you according to your numbers. He is going to judge you according to your faith," Clifton said.

He also preached from II Timothy, Romans 8:37, II Corinthians 2:14, I Peter 5:10, Colossians 1:23 and Psalm 37:5.

He ended his sermon by encouraging the Osobas to stand strong and not be afraid of anything or anybody. "God's grace is sufficient," he said.

At the end of the service, BJ Osoba thanked God for connecting him with Clifton.

"From time to time, I do share the pain of having to stay where God has told me to stay and you have always encouraged me to stay here and do what God has told me to do," Osoba said. "You said so much tonight and I realize now not hearing you as much as I used to is my loss."

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