By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona
PROVOST of The Redeemed Christian Bible College & Schools, RCBC Prof. Babatunde Adedibu has called on all past students of the institution and other stakeholders to rally round the college and support the mission and the vision of the school for it to become a foremost theological institution beyond the African continent.
Prof. Adedibu, one of the editors of The Changing Faces of African Pentecostalism made the appeal in his address during the graduation ceremony of RCBC at the ongoing 66th annual convention of the Redemeed Christian Church of God, RCCG at the Redemption Camp of the church, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Enumerating some of the achievements of the school at its 37th graduation ceremony, the provost expressed gratitude to their parents, and all members of the governing council who have made it possible for them to affiliate the institution with the University of Ibadan which was ratified by the National University Commission on February 4, this year to offer a bachelors degree programme in Christian Religious Studies via the JAMB and direct entry.
According to him, this 2017/2018 academic session has been a memorable one as the institution has introduced a new course of study leading to a diploma in Communication Studies. He therefore appealed to all stakeholders to rally round the school to meet the needs of the institution.
“We need lecture theatres, the provost quarters, staff quarters, more students’ hall of residence, more modern lecture delivery materials, office equipment and furniture and other facilities,” he said, assuring them to be rest assured of the school’s commitment to preserve the ancient landmarks of the founding fathers.
The RCCG Bible School was established to provide quality Christian education, to men and women of God who will study the promises of the Old Testament and the fulfillment in Christ of the New Testament, thus learn to see the Biblical view of man created in the image of God, boldly live Christ’s message in all they say and do and will be Christ’s Ambassadors to populate His Kingdom.
For the 2017/2018 academic session, the Bible College presented a total number of 5,670 graduands including five Ph.D’s, several masters degrees, Bachelors of Science, Advanced Diploma, Direct Diploma, Online study among others.
Wife of the General Overseer, Pastor (Mrs) Foluke Adeboye, a seasoned professional teacher, presented awards for some outstanding students who distinguished themselves during the 2017/2018 academic session.
Admonition to the graduands
Senior Pastor of Jesturdivant Ministries, Dr. James ”Bamidele“ Sturdivant, in his words of admonition to the graduands, urged them not to only collect the certificate for decoration but vigorously involve in winning souls, obedient to God’s word and have dominion in all areas of their lifes.
In his sermon titled: ”World Overcomers”, Sturdivant said as God’s representatives on earth, the over 5,000 graduands must be kingdom equipped, involve in kingdom expansion and also empowered with Holy Spirit for them to overcome lives’ challenges.
In his words: “You will confront false teachers who will teach what is contrary to the Bible. They are already in our midst, some of these false teachers in United States said there is no hell and that the Bible is not real.”
“Please take seriously your calling and mandate that have been given to you. Go into the world and make disciples of all nations,” he admonished.