By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona
ABOUT 5,882 persons yesterday graduated from the Redeemed Christian Bible College, (RCBC) as part of manpower development programme of the fast growing Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, at the Redemption Camp of the church.
The students were awarded certificates in line with their course of study. Some graduated with masters, bachelors, advanced diploma, and diploma certifictates.
The programme, which was the highpoint of activities of the third day of the convention, started as early as 8.00 a.m. when the graduands filed out for the ceremony, which was presided over by the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, his wife, Pastor Folu Adeboye and other senior officers of the institution.
Congratulating and releasing fatherly blessing for the graduands, Pastor Adeboye prayed that God’s presence will go with the students and in line with the motto of the institute; Christ Ambassadors, he said the graduands will become mighty ambassadors for Christ.
In his words: “We receive you all jointly into the diploma, certificate, degrees programmes of the Redeemed Christian Bible College and Redeemed International Academy in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You will not leave with ordinary certificates; God’s presence and power will go with you, God will use you to heal the sick, raise the dead, win the world for God. You will not fail God, will not fall by the way side and God will uphold you till the very end”.
Director/Principal of the Bible college, Pastor Babatunde Adedibu, in his speech, explained that various programmes in the school are designed to prepare Christians and Bible scholars for in-depth knowledge in specific areas of interest and calling.
He further hinted that various infrastructural development that will facilitate better and conducive learning environment are going on in the school, adding that with the dedication of the staff of the college, the school will not relax in producing quality students who will be Christ ambassadors wherever they find themselves.
Calling for more support from the church, Adedibu said: “It is evident that there are lots to be done. We are using this medium to appeal for support for the enormous work of God going on in the school and college. As we are moving on to the next phase of RCBC, join us and let us take the college to an enviable height.”
In his message to the graduands, entitled: “World Changers,” Pastor of Faith United Ministry, Pastor James Sturdivant, advised the latest graduates not to grow weary in being the ambassadors of Christ, adding that being world changers implies they have to impact the world positively by preaching the true word of God, be agents of change in their various calling and their testimonies should be like that of Paul and Silas.
Sturdivant further urged the graduates to live a life of uncompromising character, embrace holiness and have an unwavering commitment towards the work of the kingdom.
He said: “As you are going out today, God is expecting you to make positive impact in the world where people are calling wrong right and right wrong. It is God’s mind that you fill the world with His glory. Preach the gospel anywhere you go, stand for Jesus, be His soldier, lift the name of Jesus higher because you are the light of the world”.