[Christianity and Spiritual Churches in Africa]

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Opoku, Kofi, Spiritual Churches in Ghana


Kofi Opoku

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This recording features a lecture by Kofi Opoku on Christianity and Spritual Churches in Africa. He explains how the Spiritual churches in Africa emerged and describes African churches of the central region of Africa. This audio also includes a worship service that includes several musical selections. The service also includes a sermon form John 1:1-13 titled “Power to Become.”

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00:00:03 Kofi Opoku discusses traditional religion and its constant elements that persist from generation to generation.

00:04:19 Gives a historical perspective of Christianity in Africa and describes four main periods.

00:22:46 Discusses how African central region churches breaking away from the Methodist churches began to use their own music. Talks about how European Methodist strongly resisted African musical expression as a part of worship.

00:30:20 Talks about the new stage in the development of spiritual churches in Africa (The Prophetic Era of Independent Churches).

00:42:14 Talks about the emergence of independent churches.

01:01:09 Audio cuts off.

01:01:15 Audio returns with singing.

01:06:24 Unidentified man reads from John 1:1-13.

01:09:14 Musical Selection.

01:13:03 Prayer.

01:25:47 Unidentified man introduces sermon “Power to Become.”

02:02:18 Audio ends.


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