Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Church - About Our Ministry & Bishop
Pastor Evans Khobidi of the Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Church was on October 21, 2013 awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity by the Berean School of Ministry based in the United Kingdom. Reverend Dr Christopher Oliver, president of Berean School of Ministry, said Khobidi received the degree as recognition of his commitment to promoting the gospel according to Matthew 28:18-20.
"This degree was issued on the 21st day of October in the year Of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2013, and is hereby recorded in the School of Ministry educational and alumni records. We congratulate you on your achievements and pray that this award will be a blessing to your ministry," said Oliver.
In his acceptance speech, Khobidi said the degree would spur him to do more to advance God's work.
"We encourage all our churches to register with government so that we equip the body of Christ Jesus. I will, therefore, train all my church leaders and send them out to make disciples.
"We will groom the leaders in the work of the Lord and discharge them with the full authority with the great commission, according to Matthew 28 from verses 18-20," he said.
As reported by malawination.com
Congratulations to Dr Evans Khobidi on receiving his Doctorate of Divinity degree from Berean School of Ministry UK. Dr Khobidi is faithfully serving the Lord in the Gospel Ministry in his country of Malawi, Central Africa.
(As posted by St. Caedmon Theological Seminary and Berean School of Ministry on November 1, 2013)
Prosperity Gospel Is Not Enough
The Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Church has been around since 1994, but little is known about the church. JAMES CHIMPWEYA finds out more about the church from Pastor Evans Khobidi.
What are the fundamental beliefs of Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Church?
Our church believes in four pillars, namely, worship, education, evangelism and salvation. We believe in worshipping God in the truth and spirit. We also believe in educating our members so that they are able to carry on the vision of the church to reach out to many souls. Evangelism is one of the key pillars because without reaching out where people are we will not have the church. Churches are fond of preaching the gospel of prosperity and leaving out salvation which should be the key word if people were to inherit the kingdom of God.
When was the church established?
The church was founded in 1994. The headquarters are in Ndirande, Blantyre. We have a membership of 1500. As a church, we don’t believe in numbers, but that people should take the vision seriously and move with it.
Do you believe in life after death?
As a church, this is what we teach our members because without life after death there is no need to preach the gospel of salvation to people. We preach about the resurrection of the body and the forgiveness of sins. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. This increases our faith that when we die we will live again.
There is this phenomenon in Malawi whereby we hear every day about this or that preacher coming from outside the country. Does this mean Malawi does not have enough preachers?
This does not mean we cannot preach. In fact, the people we have in our church were saved through our own messages, but we have to expose our members to new tongues; hence, the coming of foreign preachers. As Malawian pastors, we also go to other countries and evangelise. This is an exchange programme churches do. Indeed, we will be having a three-day crusade early March where Evangelist David Favour Tembo from Zambia will preach.
(Article written by James Chimpweya, www.mwnation.com; published March 3, 2013)
Bishop's Consecration & Confirmation of Overseer Evans Khobidi, April 15, 2015: Bishops are ordained to be shepherds of Christ's flock and guardians of the faith of the apostles, proclaiming the gospel of God's kingdom and leading his people in missions. We recognize and honor Bishop Evans Khobidi who is a servant of God and mankind. This recognition is not easily achieved, nor should it be, rather, it must always come as a result of hard work coupled with diligence, perseverance, compassion, sincerity, unselfishness, and again, hard work.
Consecration & Examination:
The laying on of hands with prayer is attested in scripture as of reconciliation, empowering, and sending forth.
Bishop Sharpe (Senior Pastor, Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Church, Headquarters, USA): Will you endeavor to live soberly, righteously, and Godly as a Bishop in the Church so that you may be an example to all others in Holy Christian living?
Overseer Evans Khobidi: I will, by the help of God.
Question: Will you give diligence to faithfully perform all duties of this assignment to you as Bishop of the Seed of Abraham Pentecostal churches in Malawi and Mozambique and the work for which the Lord shall call you?
Answer: I will, by the help of God.
Question: Will you instruct those who come under your charge in the Word of God to the edification of the whole Church?
Answer: I will do so, the Lord being my Helper.
May God add to the wisdom, strength, compassion, and humility of this son of our Lord's Church, who is consecrated to the holy office of Bishop.
The Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Church in Malawi was declared as the Africa resource and missions centre of the international church in or around 2001.
In 2003, following the passing of Bishop Dula Vorster Khobidi, the Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Churches in Malawi and Mozambique have been under the leadership of his son, a youthful, energetic successor, Dr. Evans Khobidi who serves as Pastor and Overseer over the international churches. Dr. Khobidi and his wife, Evangelist Thokozani Khobidi (Associate Pastor), work together as a complete ministry team. Evangelist Khobidi leads the team working with children and youth, known as 'Kids For Christ.'
For over a decade (2004 to 2016) we have been preoccupied with evangelism and church planting particularly in rural areas in Malawi, including Liwonde, Mulanje, Thyolo, and Blantyre districts. We have also planted a church in Mozambique. This works in collaboration with sister churches in Zambia.
In 1996, the late Bishop Dula Vorster Khobidi established the Seed of Abraham Pentacostal Church (SOA Malawi) in Ndirande, Blantyre 3 Malawi. Since 2004 his son, Bishop Evans Dula Khobidi has been leading the church in Holiness. SOA Malawi has now also expanded to the Southern side of Malawi in Nsanje and Mozambique. The Vision of the church is to win lost souls for Jesus Christ and the favorite motto of Bishop Khobidi for years has been "Occupying." The Church is taken back what the enemy thought it stole, but God restored.