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OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY (OAU) ILE-IFE CHAPTER.

Grace Bible Mission Students' Fellowship

Grace Bible Mission Students' Fellowship is a dynamic fellowship where God is forming focused, faithful and fruitful followers of Christ. Come join us on that journey!

As a dynamic fellowship proclaiming the Word of God, our mission is to make disciples for our Lord Jesus Christ by Exalting God, Encouraging believers, Equipping Christian students for ministry and Evangelizing the world.

As a family community supporting one another and reaching out to win souls for Christ.You are invited to join us during one of our weekly worship services, bible studies or prayer meetings. I would love for you to worship with us – We look forward to meeting you in person!

ARTICLES OF FAITH

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THE SCRIPTURE.

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired by God and that it is a record of God’s revelation of Himself to man.
We believe that the Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter.

We believe that it reveals the perfect will of God for man and therefore reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world the true centre of Christian union.
We believe that it is infallible and therefore it is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, doctrines and religious opinions should be tried.
We therefore hold that where the Scripture has spoken no man is entitled to any other opinion.

Useful Scriptures: Psalm. 19:7; Matt. 24:35; John 12:45-50; 20:30-31; I Cor. 10:11; II Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:1-2; 4:12; I Pet. 1:25; II Pet. 1:9-21..

GOD.

We believe in the existence of ONE and only living and true God, Who is an infinite, intelligent Spiritual Being Whose Name is JEHOVAH, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe, inexpressible glorious in Holiness, and worthy of all possible honour and confidence. To Him we owe our highest love, reverence and obedience.
We believe He is Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent, that He is eternal, self-existing and self-sufficient, that He is Holy, righteous, all wise and loving, that He is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, that He is also Fatherly in His attribute toward all men.

We believe in the unity of the Godhead, God revealed Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection with distinct personal attributes, yet without division of nature, essence or being, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Useful Scriptures: Gen. 1:1; Ex. 3:14; Deut. 6:4-5; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; I Pet. 1:2; John 5:7; Gen. 1:1; 17:1; Ex. 3:14; Psalm. 90:2; 139:1-2; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; Rm. 8:14-15; I Cor. 8:6; Heb. 11:6; Rev. 19:6.

JESUS CHRIST.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. We believe that He pre-existed with the Father before His incarnation that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

That He is the perfect revelation of all the essence and nature of God, that He took upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identify Himself completely with mankind yet without sin, in order to satisfy Himself the demand for the remission of mankind’s sin, that by His sacrificial death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of man from sin, that He was raised from death with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples, that He ascended into Heaven and is now sitting at an exalted position on God’s right hand where He is the ONE mediator partaking of the nature of God and man.
That He is coming back in power and great glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. That He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present LORD.

Useful Scriptures: Gen. 18; Psalm 110; Is. 7:14; 9:6; 53; Mic. 5:2; Matt. 1:18-23; 3:17; John 1:1-18, 29; 10:30-38; 11:25-27; 14:7-11, 20; Acts 1:9-11; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:13-22; Rev. 19:16.

THE HOLY SPIRIT.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and the Third Person of the Holy Trinity that He indwells the believer in Jesus Christ, that He exalts Jesus Christ that He convicts men, He calls to the Saviour and commissions for Christian service.

That He is the free gift of God to every believer who asks God, that His presence and power are essential for effective Christian living, witness and ministry, that He fills believers who yield absolute control to Him and that He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service.

Useful Scriptures: Gen. 1:2; Psalm. 51:11; Is. 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matt. 1:18; Mk. 1:8; Lk. 11:9-13; 24:49; John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-14; 10:44; 38:10, 44; 19:5-6; Rm. 8:9-11, 14-16, 26, 27; I Cor. 12:14; Gal. 5:22-23.

MAN

We believe that man was created in the image of God, in holiness, and is the crowning work of God, but by voluntary transgression fell from this holy and happy state and brought sin into the human race.

That through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence, whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin and are therefore under condemnation to eternal ruin, without defence or excuse.

Useful Scriptures: Gen. 1:26-30; Gen. 3; 6:5-6; Psalm 51:5; Jer. 17:5; Rm. 3:21-23; 5:12-14; 7:14-25.

SALVATION.

We believe that salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and that it is wholly of grace, that it is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.

That salvation is only available to sinners on the merits and the sacrificial, redemptive and mediatorial work of the Son of God, Who has given His life for the sins of men and that salvation involves Regeneration, Justification, Sanctification and Glorification.

Useful Scriptures: Acts 4:12; Rm. 8:3-4; 3:24-26; 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9.

REGENERATION.

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again. That regeneration or new birth is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus, that it is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin to which the sinner voluntarily responds in repentance and obedience toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

That repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God, and faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.

Useful Scriptures: John 1:12-13; 3:3-8; 16:7-11; Acts 2:38; 16:31; 17:30; Eph. 2:1-3; I Thess. 1:9; Titus. 3:5.

JUSTIFICATION.

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification, that justification is God’s gracious judicial act by faith which on the basis of the sacrificial and meritorious work of Christ imputed to the sinner and received by Him through faith, He declares the sinner absolved from his sin, released from its penalty, and restored as righteous.

SANCTIFICATION.

We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partaker of His Holiness, that is a progressive work, that is begun in regeneration and is carried on in the heart of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit through the continual use of the appointed means, especially, the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, prayer and fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Useful Scriptures: John 17:17-19; II Cor.5:17-18; Eph.4:20-24; I Thess.2:13.

GLORIFICATION.

We believe that glorification is the culmination of man’s salvation, and it is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed, whereby the body of the believer is changed to the likeness of their glorified LORD.

Useful Scriptures: I Cor. 15:41-44; 51-53; Phil. 3:20; I John 3:2.

THE CHURCH.

We believe that a New Testament Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a Body of baptised believers who are associated by a common belief in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, committed to the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, each member exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by the word of God, seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth and establishing (discipling) the believer.

That the church is an autonomous body operating through the authority of the under-shepherd under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Who is the Head of the church, and that its Scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus. That the New Testament also speaks of the Church as the body of Christ which includes all the redeemed of all places and ages.

Useful Scriptures: Matt. 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 6:1-8; 15:1-30; Rm. 16:1; Phil. 1:1; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:7-16; I Tim. 3:1-5; Tit. 1:6-9; I Pet. 5:1-4.

BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER.

We believe that Christian baptism is by immersion of a believer in water in the NAME of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. That it is an act of obedience symbolising the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.

That it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the sacrificial love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination.

Useful Scriptures: Matt. 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19; Mk. 16:16; Lk. 22:17-20; Acts 8:38; Rm. 6:3-4; I Cor. 11:25-29.

EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP.

We believe that it is the duty of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavour to make disciples of all nations and that it is mandatory for every member of the church who is a child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ and to follow up same and establish them fully in the faith that they in turn will become disciple-makers.

Useful Scriptures: Matt. 28:18-20; John 15:16; Acts. 1:8; Rm. 10:13-15; I Cor. 9:16; II Tim. 2:2.

STEWARDSHIP.

We believe that God is the source of all blessings, both temporal and spiritual, all that we have and are we owe to Him, therefore we have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, a binding stewardship in our possessions. We are therefore under obligation to serve Him with out time, talents and treasure (material possessions) and should recognise all these as entrusted to us to use for the glory of God and for helping others.

According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionally, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.

Useful Scriptures: Gen. 14:20; Lev. 27:30-32; Deut. 8:18; Mal. 3:8-12; Matt. 6:1-4; 19-21; Lk. 12:16-21; 42:16; 1-13; Acts. 2:44-47; I Cor. 8:9.

MARRIAGE.

We believe that marriage is ordained of God. That God instituted the ordinance of marriage in the garden of Eden, and was confirmed by the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God’s plan for marriage is one man and one wife. We believe that marriage is binding for life – that the word of God teaches that there is but one reason for divorce/or separation – fornication, that neither has the right to marry again while the other companion is alive. That though polygamy and divorce were practised in the old Testament, they were allowed because of the hardness of the people’s hearts.

We believe that marriage is honourable in all therefore we hold that no pregnant woman and/or those who have been living in adultery should be joined in holy wedlock. We also believe that Christian marriage is the marriage of two believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We regard marriage as legal after the customary rites have been observed and/or the marriage has been solemnised by the marriage registry, this church or any church that has been registered. The routine order of such service will be that which is obtained in other Christian bodies the world over. However, this church will be using the Bible and the ring for joining. No polygamist will be allowed to be a worker.

Useful Scriptures: Gen. 2:18-24; 4:19-24; Prov. 18:22; Matt. 5:31-32; 19:3-9; Mk. 10:4-12; Lk. 16:18; John 2:1-11; Rm. 7:2-3; I Cor. 7; Heb. 13:4; Deut. 7:2-3; II Cor. 6:14-18; I John 1:6; Eph. 5:22-32; Deut. 17:17.

CHRISTIAN CITIZENSHIP.

We believe that the Christian has a dual citizenship, that he is a citizen of his country and of the kingdom of God, that he should be a good citizen by being loyal to the governments of his country, for it is ordained of God, that taxes, customs and tributes should be paid to the government as part of the Christians responsibility, that governing authorities are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except and only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.

That the Christian’s first citizenship is the kingdom of God, and that the Christian is to be in the world but not of it, that as an ambassador, he should seek to spread, the good news of the kingdom of Heaven both by lips and by life, that genuine Christian citizenship is evangelism in shoes.

Useful Scriptures: Matt. 5:16; 22:21; John 17:14-16; Acts 4:18-20; Rm. 13:1-7; I Tim. 2:1-7; Tit. 3:1-2; I Pet. 2:13-17.

THE LAST THINGS.

We believe that the Christian faith teaches the importance of the “one-for-all” atonement of our Lord Jesus, also the importance of a decision making now, and Christian living, but that it also emphasises the future hope for we are saved by hope.

That in Christian faith rests in the confidence that the future is in the hands of God, that He, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His own promise, the Lord Jesus Christ will personally come to the air, and take the saints with Him in the air, and then, He will return visibly in glory to the earth, the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all in righteousness, and the unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment and torment.
The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in the new earth with the Lord.

Useful Scriptures: Matt. 16:27; 24; 25:31-46; Mk. 2:40-48; 16:19-26; John 14:1-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Cor. 15:35-38; II Cor. 5:10; Phil. 3:20-21; I Thess. 4:14-18; 5:1:11; II Thess. 1:3-10, 2; Heb. 9:27-28; II Pet. 3:7-15; Jude. 14; Rev. 20:22; Rm. 8:18-25.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

  1. To lead students to be genuinely born again i.e. saved from sin, bondage to idolatry, false religion, selfishness, corruption and all that debar men from reaching heaven through the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. To bring Christian students for Christian fellowship.
  3. To provide educational, career guidance and counselling services to students.
  4. To build students to grow up to maturity spiritually and become Christ like at home, on campus, in the society and in the fellowship through the fullness and indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
  5. To lead students to walk in dominion over every demonic influence and power though the supernatural power of God, so as to enjoy the full benefits of the gospel.
  6. To train and to equip students to fulfil the great commission of evangelizing the world for Christ and receive eternal reward.
  7. To prepare students without spot or wrinkle for the glorious appearing of our Lord from heaven, that they may enjoy the kingdom of God forever.

MEMBERSHIP

The membership of the Grace Bible Mission Students’ Fellowship (OAU Chapter) shall be open to all students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife male or female irrespective of race, colour, ethnics origin, faith who:

  • has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Saviour, and shows a clear evidence of salvation.
  • has confessed purposefully to follow Christ faithfully.
  • has accepted and subscribes to the “Articles of Faith” and practice of the GBMSF.

Membership of the GBMSF (OAU Chapter) shall however be recognized as those who are duly registered.

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