Celestial Church of Christ
Celestial Church of Christ constitutes the Body of Christ being the HEAD, the FATHER, and the OWNER of Celestial Church. Therefore, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He put on humanity so that man may put on Divinity. We believe that Christ has completed the work of redemption about two thousand years ago. Within the work of redemption is the continuous reconciliattion of man to God.
Celestial Church of Christ (C.C.C.) is a spiritual, world-wide, united, indivisible Holy Church which came into the world from heaven by DIVINE ORDER on the 29th of September 1947 in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin through the founder of the Church, Late Reverend, Pastor, Prophet, Founder Samuel Bilehou Joseph Oshoffa. The Church is established by Power in the Blood of Jesus Christ well known with branches all over the world and international headquarters in Nigeria
The Divine Order
JEHOVAH called Rev., Pastor, Prophet Oshoffa on the day of total Eclipse of the sun in West Africa, when he was in the forest of Dahomey (now Republic of Benin), to purchase Ebony wood being a carpenter and timber trader, just like his father. He was in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights. Just as our Lord Jesus was led by the spirit into the wilderness for forty days and forty nights. St. Matt. 4: 1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13. Just as our Lord started his mission of redemption alone, so also did our highly esteemed Rev., Pastor, Founder, S.B.J. Oshoffa started alone, on the 29th September 1947.
The Spiritual Message
In the deep mystery of divine appearance, during prayer on the 19th September 1947, a winged Angel bathed in intense light; word came from God to the founder as follows:
“It is the wish of God to send you on an errand of preaching into the World. Many nominal Christians there who were confronted by difficulties and problems of this world. They run after fetish priests and other power of darkness for all kinds of assistance. Consequently, on their death, they cannot see Christ because, by their action, Satan has left his spiritual mark on them. To assist you in your work so that men may listen to the fact that God has sent you.”
The Special Duty and Great Commission of Celestial Church of Christ
Precisely, the Lord Jesus has established the Church for the salvation of mankind. The Special Duty and Great Commission of Celestial Church of Christ is that the church shall cleanse the world and that the church would make disciples of all nations. For this purpose, Celestial Church of Christ is established and fully equipped by God who fabricated her with the Power in the Blood of Jesus Christ.
Moreover, the five ministries Jesus descended are very much active in Celestial Church of Christ. They are
· The Apostles
· The Prophets
· The Evangelists
· The Shepherds
· The Teachers (Eph 4:11)
Jesus Christ has clothed the church with enormous spiritual power spectacular spiritual strength. From the smallest parish to the greatest, miracles of diverse magnitude are a common feature.
As a result of this duty, each member is called upon to play apart.
The Name of the Church:
The name of the Church “Celestial Church of Christ” was revealed by the Holy Spirit through a Prophet who was held in trance for seven days.
The Tenets and Distinctive Mode of Worship of the Church
The Tenets and Distinctive Mode of Worship is ordained by the Holy Spirit. Mode of worship includes the setting of the Altar, and the seat therein, the number of candles used for various types of services and the seating arrangement in particular, it should be noted that the seating arrangements was revealed through a Prophetess who under the influence of the Holy Spirit in the wilderness on Friday 5th of October, 1947, sketched the seating arrangement using oranges.
Liturgical Worship of Celestial Church of Christ
The Holy Spirit is responsible for the various forms of liturgical worship services in the church. No one of them is a product of the intellect of man.
The introductory aspect of the worship service consists of bowing down for the Lord with the forehead touching the ground three times after the ring of the bell, after we have rendered processional songs in which we speak in tongue with interpretations (Rev 14:5, 7). The rest of the solemn assembly is devoted to singing, praying, bible reading, sermon, and lastly offerings.
There is an order of service laid down in the Celestial Church of Christ for different occasions such as Marriage, Funeral, Naming Ceremony, Mass in Remembrance of the dead, etc. The order for the respective occasion is strictly as revealed by the Holy Spirit and as set out in the booklet titled “Order of Service”.
Holy Rites or Sacraments
There are a number of Holy Rites or Sacrament within the form of worship in Celestial Church of Christ utmost importance. Members shall avail themselves of the opportunity to partake in these rites or sacraments: Baptism, Holy Communion, Annual Washing of Feet, Annual Pilgrimage to Imeko, Ogun State, Nigeria at Christmas Eve, Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service, and Holy Mary’s Day.
All persons who earnestly, sincerely desire to be saved looking for salvation and therefore accept Jesus Christ as the son of God and Holy conversion by taking up such duties and privileges as entailed in the fellowship and the Ten Commandments are welcome into the fold. Celestial Church of Christ is an inclusive congregation, with the desire to observe the Tenets and Mode of Worship is welcome.
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