A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM THE CHURCH OF CHRIST THAT MEETS AT OGO-OLUWA, OSOGBO
Whether you live in the Ogo Oluwa area of Osogbo, or are planning to visit Osogbo in Osun State of Nigeria, we would love to have you visit us and would be honoured to have you worship with us, please.
We meet on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. for Bible classes, 10.30 a.m. for worship and the Lord’s Supper. On Tuesdays (wef January 3, 2017), we meet at 5:30 p.m. for additional Bible study and on Fridays, we meet at 5.30 p.m. for prayer and singing classes while On first Saturday of the month, we congregate to spread the gospel of Christ from house to house.
Come and be a part of our assemblies. We are a diverse group of people from many walks of life. What we have in common is baptism into the body of Christ and a commitment to learn as much as we can about His will for us in this life, both individually and as a congregation. We would love for you to learn and grow with us. If you would prefer to study the Bible with us in a more private setting, any of our members would be happy to meet with you at your convenience. All you need to do is to contact us through the addresses provided below or click here.
With this special invitation, let us give you an idea of who we are and what to expect when you visit.
We are simply Christians, without denominational names and practices. We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and we try to follow it as our only authority in religion. Since we find no denominational names in the Bible, we wear no such names. We have no human creeds to set forth doctrine because the Bible contains all the Christian is to believe (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
THE AUTHORITY OF CHRIST
We accept Jesus Christ as Lord and respect His authority. Jesus said, “And why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). Adding to, or taking from, the simple instruction of Jesus is to fail to honor Him as Lord. We have no conferences, synods, councils, nor earthly headquarters because Christ has not authorized these. Also, such man-made systems only serve to compete with Christ’s authority and often bind human traditions upon others, which Jesus condemned (Matthew 15:3-9).
THE GOSPEL FOR ALL
We proclaim the message of the crucified and risen Lord (I Corinthians 15:1-8). We urge all to accept God’s gift of eternal life in His Son (Romans 6:23). God’s plan for salvation involves…
- Repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21)
- Confessing Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:10)
- Being baptized into Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38)
- Followed by a life of faithful service to Christ (Revelation 2:10)
We understand that in order for our faith to be pleasing to God we must trust Him to the extent of obeying Him ” (Hebrews 5:9). ” It is through such faith that we become God’s children.“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27)
Baptism, as an expression of obedient faith, is the culminating act by which God places one in a proper relationship with Jesus Christ. We would be happy to study the Bible with you concerning the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ and how one should respond to it.
THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH
All who are in fellowship with Christ are members of His spiritual body, the church universal(1 Corinthians 12:12; Colossians 1:18). The universal church is a spiritual body, with Jesus as its head and saved people throughout the world as members of His body (Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:47). As such, the universal church has no earthly or physical organisation.
Wherever Christians extend fellowship to each other in worship and work, we find a congregation or local church. In the Bible we read about churches in Jerusalem, Rome, and other places. These were not different kinds of churches (as is so prevalent today), but congregations of Christians in various places.
These congregations were independent and self-governing, each having a plurality of elders (also known as bishops and pastors) watching out for their souls (Acts 20:17,28; 1 Peter 5:1-4).Assisting the elders were deacons who ministered to the needs of the congregation ( (Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8-13). ( The members were dedicated to following the example of the Lord in their daily lives – Ephesians 5:1-2).
The church at Ogo Oluwa, Onward Area of Osogbo seeks to be such a congregation of Christians —(a church of Christ ) in our community.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT
You may expect to be treated as an honoured and respected guest whenever you visit us. You will not be embarrassed in any way. In keeping with our effort to carefully follow the Bible, our worship consists only of those activities authorized by command or example in the New Testament.
- On Sunday, the first day of the week, we observe the Lord’s Supper as a memorial of our Saviour’s death (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26).
- We praise God and edify one another through singing (Colossians 3:16), and offer prayers of supplication and thanksgiving (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
- Through sermons, we exhort one another to “continue steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine” (Acts 2:42).
- Only on Sunday do we take up a collection, and this give members the opportunity to give to the Lord for His work (as authorized in the New Testament- Ephesians 4:11-12) as they have purposed in their hearts (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:7). As a visitor, you are our guest, so please do not feel under any obligation to give.
Throughout our service, two principles govern all that we do:
- “Let all things be done for edification” (1 Corinthians 14:25)
- “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40)
In addition to our worship services, we have Bible classes on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening for all ages. From age one and up, we offer an opportunity for your systematic study of God’s Word. We are blessed to have a group of dedicated men and women who take their teaching of God’s Word seriously and prepare their classes accordingly.
Why not accept this invitation to visit and worship with the Church of Christ that meet at Ogo Oluwa, Osogbo, Nigeria?