By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona
GENERAL Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, who assumed the leadership of the church when it had only 39 parishes in South West Nigeria, is inviting millions of members and non-members from across the globe to the 66th annual convention beginning tomorrow.
In a welcome address, Adeboye, who was a young lecturer at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, when he was appointed General Overseer and was initially re-luctant to take over the leadership of the church, ascribed all glory and honour and praise be to “our Heavenly Father, the King Eternal, the blessed and only Potentate, who has brought us here together for the 66th Annual Convention of this glorious mission.
“The Lord has indeed been very gracious to us since we last gathered here, with abundant testimonies of His tender mercies; of miracles, deliverance, victories and provision,” he gave thanks.
According to him, “the theme this year is DOMINION, and that was God’s original mandate for mankind: to dominate, to rule, to control, to subdue, to be fruitful and to exercise authority on earth. However, man lost the authority to rule and dominate when Adam and Eve fell; became subject to all manner of failures, sickness and oppression.
“But thanks be to God, who made a way for us to regain lost power and authority through Jesus Christ who became for us the Author of salvation – for as many as received Him. (John 1:12-23).
“God expects you to pay attention to Genesis 1:26-28 and to fulfill that mandate in every sphere of life. Sin, sickness, failure and poverty can no longer have dominion over you because you understand your rights and privileges in Christ. God wants you to be successful, prosperous, abundant, rewarding, productive.
”Not only so, but for you to be prolific in soul winning and by extension dominate the whole world. He expects you to become awake to your responsibility as His child and add value to the kingdom of God continuously and vigorously every day.
”If we want the reward that God desires, then we have to operate the way God operates. We no longer have any excuse not to exercise dominion in every sphere of life, because in Jesus Christ, God has already given unto you all things that pertain to life and godliness. (II Peter 1:3).
”All that you will be taught during the course of this convention, is to provide the framework for you to go into the world and change the world of Christ.
”I encourage you to diligently hear, observe and be determined to obey God’s word. Commit yourself to fervency in prayer, be focused and do not allow yourself to be distracted from the reason why God brought you here.
”Put past failures and disappointments behind you and concentrate on what God has in store for your life and future.
”As you begin to understand the principles and walk in dominion, all things will become subject to you. You will regain spiritual strength and vigour. Nothing will be able to defy you nor stand in your way ever again. There will be great manifestations of God’s power and grace upon your life from now on.
”Therefore, it is with gladness of heart and great joy that we welcome you to the 2018 Convention that will transform you into a victor, conqueror, overcomer and a fruitful believer, in Jesus name,” he prayed.