Who are we?

COC Ogooluwa brethren

The Church of Christ, that meets at Kobape Village, Okonfo Area, Ogo Oluwa (formerly meeting at Oba Iyiola Model Primary School, Beside Federal Housing Estate), Onward Area, Ogo Oluwa, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria has K. S. Ajibola and Victor Akande as gospel preachers working with the church. We hope your visit to this website will be informative and fulfilling morally and spiritually. Whenever possible, we look forward to meeting and greeting you during worship or Bible study, or in some other activity organised by the church. A cordial invitation is extended to you and your family, relatives and friends to come and share the word of God accordingly!

The Church of Christ, Ogo Oluwa is a congregation where all members are encouraged to find their rightful place in God’s work of reconciliation at the congregation (II Corinthians 5:18-21). We are people both young and old from all walks of life with many different family backgrounds both socially and culturally. We also have people who work in different places of job vocation. Although, we are full of diversity but NOT in doctrinal and religious matters, we are all united in our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour. We believed Him to be the only begotten Son of God whom God sent to the world to save men from their sins.

We are simply Christians and non-denominational as we have no earthly head or headquarters, Christ Himself is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:22) which we belonged to. We have no organisation other than independent congregations, where each congregation governs itself under the authority of Jesus Christ and His words in the New Testament. Each congregation appoints its own elders to oversee the flock as found in Acts 14:23 and other passages of the Holy Writ. These elders (presbytery-1 Timothy 4:14) are made “bishops” (“overseers”) to pastor (shepherd) the flock of God (church) – Titus 1:5-7; Acts 20:17, 28; Ephesians 4:11. For men to be appointed as elders there are certain qualifications they must possess as requisite qualities, (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5,7; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Acts 20:17-32). The congregation likewise appoints deacons who also require certain qualities (1 Timothy 3:8-13; Acts 6:1-6).

We call ourselves ‘church of Christ’ simply because of its special appropriateness in that the church does belong to Christ since the scriptures speak of it as the bride of Christ and of Him as the head of the church. Truly we belong to Christ. We also find that phrase to describe God’s people within the New Testament (Matthew 16:18; Romans 16:16).

As God is our focus, we follow the example of worship found within the New Testament. We meet together on the first day of the week (Sunday) to worship our God (Acts 20:7) in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We partake of the Lord’s Supper to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 16:1,2).

Men of the congregation on behalf of all those who are present and those who are absent speak several prayers in faith to God (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 14:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:17). We believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God, which contains the final and complete revelation from God to man (John 16:32; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; Jude 3) and so we have Bible readings read publicly by one of the men of the congregation. A Bible based sermon is preached to instruct and encourage the members of the congregation in their Christian lives (Acts 20:42; 20:7; 1 Timothy 4:13).

We sing a number of hymns acappella (without the use of instruments) since we believe that the early church sang without instrumental accompaniment (Matthew 26:30; Acts 16:25; Ephesians 5:19). We take up an offering (collection) from our members as they give freely and cheerfully to support the work within our congregation (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15).

There is good news for everyone within the Bible. We believe that we were all sinners (but have been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, our saviour) and in need of eternal salvation. Through the death and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ; He has provided the forgiveness of our sins and our eternal well-being (Romans 3:23; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:7; 2:1-10). God is not only a God of love, He is also a God who requires obedience to His will (Luke 6:46).

Our response must be to have faith in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God (Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6; Matthew 17:5), repentance (change the direction of our lives) (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30), confession of (acknowledge) our faith in Christ Jesus (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9-10) and be baptised (immersed) in water to receive the forgiveness of our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit, and so to be added to the Lord’s church (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:37-42; Acts 22:16). In this way, we enter into a new relationship with God and His Son, and begin a new life in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 4:17-32).

Moreover, in this new relationship, we are described as saints (I Corinthians 1:1-2), people who are saved from their sins and justified (I Corinthians 6:11). God regarded us righteous (that is, having right standing with God).

Our vision is to truly be the New Testament church and our motto is “Back to the Bible, ensuring to speak where the Bible speaks and remain silent where it does.” Our Mission is to follow nothing but the Bible (I Corinthians 4:6). Thanks and glory to God, who has been helping us in the labours of love according to New Testament doctrine and faith in God!

Dearest visitor, we would like to share Christ with you and with the entire world. You too can be simply a Christian and serve God without belonging to any denomination, bound by denominational laws or obligations. You can be righteous, if and only if you can obey God through Jesus Christ. If this freedom appeals to you, please contact us or visit us NOW! You will be glad you did! We will be glad you did! Ultimately, God will be glad you did!

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