In July 1909, a son was born into the Akindayomi family of Ondo State of Nigeria. Even though this child grew up surrounded by idol worshippers, he knew there existed a greater power and yearned to know, “The God who created the earth and everyone on it”. This pursuit for God led him to the Church Missionary Society where he was baptized in 1927. Still spiritually unfulfilled, he joined the Cherubim and Seraphim church in 1931.
Whilst there, he began to hear a voice within him saying, “You will be my servant.” Since this was not his intention, he decided to ignore the voice. This went on for seven years during which all the business ventures that he tried resulted into failure. In debt and without peace of mind, he found himself totally dependent on the grace of God. Here marked the beginning of a definite relationship with God. Totally broken, he yielded saying, “Lord, I will go wherever you want me to go.” He asked for signs to confirm that this was indeed God’s call. The confirmation came through the Bible passages of Jeremiah 1:4-10, Isaiah 41:10-13 and Romans 8:29-31. The Lord assured him that He would provide for all his needs, as he would not receive any salary from that point on. This proved to be a comforting reminder during the trials in the months ahead. He became married in 1941. He continued to worship with the Cherubim and Seraphim. In 1947, he started to become concerned that the church was departing from the true Word of God in some of its practices. By 1952, he felt totally persuaded to leave the church. He started at Willoughby Street, Ebute-Metta, Lagos a house fellowship called, the Glory of God Fellowship. Initially there were nine members but before long the fellowship rapidly grew as the news of the miracles that occurred in their midst spread.
Pa Akindayomi also had a vision of words that appeared to be written on a blackboard. The words were “The Redeemed Christian Church of God.” Amazingly, Pa Akindayomi who could not read or write was supernaturally able to write these words down. In this visitation, God also said to him that this church would go to the ends of the earth and that when the Lord Jesus Christ appeared in glory, He would meet the church.
The Lord then established a covenant with Pa Akindayomi, synonymous to the Abrahamic covenant in the Bible. He said that He the Lord would meet all the needs of the church in an awesome way if only members would serve Him faithfully and be obedient to His Word. It is upon this covenant that the Redeemed Christian Church of God was built.
Thus, the Redeemed Christian Church of God was born in 1952, destined by the Lord Himself to take the world for Him. The church continued to meet at 9 Willoughby Street until they were able to acquire some land thereby witnessing relocation to the present site of the Headquarters of the church at 1-5 Redemption Way, Ebute-Metta, Lagos (formerly 1a, Cemetery Street).
Sometime in the early 70s, God had spoken to Pa Akindayomi about his successor. The Lord told him that this man, who was not a member of the church then, would be a young educated man. Thus when a young university lecturer joined the church in 1973, Papa was able to recognize him in the Spirit as the one that the Lord had spoken about in the past. This man, Enoch Adejare Adeboye who was then a lecturer of Mathematics at the University of Lagos soon became involved in the church. He became one of the interpreters translating Pa Akindayomi’s sermons from Yoruba to English. He was ordained a pastor of the church in 1975.
Papa was preparing to meet his Creator. He sent for Pastor Adeboye and spent several hours sharing with him details of the covenant and the plans of the Lord for the church. Even though a year before this, the Lord had revealed to Pastor Adeboye that he would be Papa’s successor, it was still too difficult for him to fully contemplate such an awesome responsibility.
Pa Josiah Akindayomi was 71 years old when he died. Amidst controversy, Pastor Adeboye’s appointment was formalized by the reading of Pa Akindayomi’s sealed pronouncement after his burial.
Since 1981, an open explosion began with the number of parishes growing in leaps and bounds. At the last count, there are at least about 2000 parishes of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria. On the International scene, the church is present in other African nations including C’ote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Gambia, Cameroon, and South Africa. In Europe , the church is fully established in the following countries: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
In North America there are about 200 parishes spread in various Cities and States of USA and Canada. Also there are parishes in the Caribbean states of Haiti and Jamaica. There are parishes in South America, the Middle East, Australia, etc
Today, God is still doing marvelous deeds through The Redeemed Christian Church of God, worldwide. One of the well-known programs of the church is the Holy Ghost Service, an all night miracle service that holds on the first Friday of every month at the Redemption Camp at Km. 46, Lagos – Ibadan expressway. The average headcount of those who attend the Service is in millions. The Holy Ghost Service now holds all around the worldmonthly but is led by Pastor Adeboye, half-yearly in London. Similarly, Pastor Adeboye leads these services in Washington DC and Toronto, Ontario, Canada once in a year and in once in Europe every two years.
OUR MISSION AND MANDATE
To bring people to the realization of the fulfillment of their God given dreams and potentials.
We believe that God has given everyone dreams that light the path to their destiny and the ability to be and do much more than we know. Our job is to identify these deposits and provide an environment where they can flourish.
To teach people the Word of God with integrity.
We believe that the Bible is the recorded Word of God and we challenge each other to live according to the standards established therein.
To build up responsible men and women.
We believe in raising leaders who are relevant in our society and can respond adequately to the needs of a changing world.
To impact our society.
We believe that the Church of Christ exists not only to transform the Believer but to enable the believer to become an agent of transformation in all facets of society.
The Death And Resurrection Of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ died on the cross at Calvary, the complete and final sacrifice for the sins of mankind. On the third day, He arose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God Almighty, Majesty on High.
The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit
Is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ and is evidenced by the gift of speaking in tongues.
Water baptism by immersion is a testimony of death to sin and resurrection to a new life in Christ Jesus.
Is a gift from God through grace and faith in Jesus Christ, and thus those who believe and receive Jesus Christ by faith may be saved by turning from sin to repentance, are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.
The Blood Of Jesus Christ
The blood of Jesus Christ, which was shed for us at Calvary, cleanses us from all sins, and provides ground for justification and salvation.
The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ will come again to earth in glory and in power. Those dead in Christ will rise first, and those alive in Christ will be in the presence of God for eternity.
Separation from the world unto God – a life of true holiness.
The Holy Bible
Is the infallible and authoritative Word of God, given directly to all man and women for salvation.
Man was created in the image and likeness of God to be fruitful, to multiply, to replenish the earth, to subdue it and to have dominion over it.
A LOVE STORY
A Love Story
HUMAN SIN………………..ROMANS 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
SIN’S PENALTY…………………….ROMANS 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOD’S PROVISION…………………….ROMANS 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
RESPONSE OF FAITH…………………….ROMANS 10:9
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved.
CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT………………..ROMANS 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
GOD LOVES YOU AND HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE
God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost, but have eternal life (see John 3:16). There is a God-shaped vacuum in each of us that we try to fill with the things of this world. But there is also tremendous need – a need for God our Father.
OUR SIN STANDS IN THE WAY OF GOD’S PURPOSE
The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (see Romans 3:23). All we have to do is look at our own actions and the action of those around us to understand that truth. The Bible goes on to say: “ For the wages of sin is death” (see Romans 6:23). The good news is that God loves us, and even in our sin, He splits the earth and TIME to reach out to us.
JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION
Jesus Is God Who Became Man
The Bible tells us that “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was God…and the Word became flesh, and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:1,14)
JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS FOR US
As He lived among us, it became clear that the only way that mankind could be saved would be through Jesus’ death on the cross. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…” (1 Peter 3:18 NKJ)
JESUS DEFEATED DEATH FOR YOU
“Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25 KJV). And because of His death and resurrection, there is power in His NAME.
WE MUST RESPOND IN FAITH
It is not enough just to know the facts about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. We must turn from our selfish ways, trust in Him, and receive Him to be saved (made whole, complete, and no longer alienated from God). The Bible says that “as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God…” (John 1:12 KJV).
Believing that Jesus is God’s son, the Christ, and receiving Him into your life as Redeemer, Savior, and Friend will start your new life as a child of God.
A PRAYER TO RECEIVE CHRIST
Lord, thank you for loving me and coming to earth to show us the way. I believe You died to p ay for my sin and you were raised from the dead to give me eternal life. I want to turn from my sin and place my faith in You right now. Please come into my life and be my Savior and Lord. Show me how to live and help me to follow You always. In Your name I pray. Amen.