The Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Nigeria
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We are an Apostolic Community of believers whose purpose is to carry forward the purpose of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
We are a new breed without greed. A radical opposition to corruption. Men and women, boys and girls who choose to win by righteousness.
We are a new society of persons unconditionally committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in every aspect of life and whatever it takes, we seek to exchange the values of the surrounding society and the world at large with the standards of God's Kingdom.
Our constant aspiration in an unhealthy world is to be a healthy church full of wonderful, loving, friendly and supportive congregation with leadership that loves God and His people as well as serve with creativity, passion and joy.
The Vision: To raise a people of integrity, purpose, excellence and power with passion for Jesus and addiction for God's Kingdom.
Purpose of the Vision: To glorify God by making fruitful disciples who reverence and exalt God, edify other believers, evangelize their primary domain of influence and extend disciple-making to all the world as the Lord of harvest enables them.
The Mission: To establish a new community of believers that will carry forward the purpose of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
Strategy for Fulfilment
By creating an atmosphere conducive to praise and worship, fear of God, pursuit of righteousness and true holiness, prevailing prayer and His abiding presence - thereby giving opportunity for the full expression of His Kingdom, Power and Glory.
By adherence to sound doctrine: principles of faith, love, service, submission and relationship as necessary prerequisites for building a strong covenant community.
By utilising to the fullest extent all available resources- human, material and spiritual for the realisation of stated objectives (We are a new breed without greed).
By impacting upon the spiritual, moral and social environment of our assigned territories, exercising the authority of governance and setting men free by exposure to knowledge of God's truth.
By adopting an expansionist worldview of the scope and value of our ministry's influence, to affect the destiny of our nation and the nations of the earth.
To unite, pray, give and demonstrate responsibility for the fulfillment and successful implementation of the Vision
To render honour, respect and support those who have rule over us
To be productive, progressive and relevant in our attitude and thoughts; always striving for excellence, maintaining focus and refusing to settle for less than the best (This is our definition of a choice soul).
To make the Christ of the Bible, the Christ of reality and experience, by building a solid devotional and faith lifestyle, whereby we partake of the blessings and benefits of salvation
To establish high ethical and moral standards, where integrity, discipline and accountability become watchwords leaving no one in doubt that it is possible to win by righteousness.
Our Doctrinal Statement (What We Believe)
The Bible is the inspired, only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
There is one God, eternally coexistent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God the Father is the creator of heaven and earth and the sustainer of all things. There is but one God, infinite, eternal and perfect in holiness, truth and love.
The deity of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His burial, His bodily resurrection, and His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory. He is the Head of His body, the Church.
God the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, unites man to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth, and dwells within the believer, enabling him to grow in sanctification and righteousness, and become a gift of God to the church.
The salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
The present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, is available to all that believe in Jesus Christ, and will totally surrender their lives to the complete, perfect will of God.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit (the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues) are available through the Holy Spirit, and are for the church today.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance) and the character of God must be evident in the life of every disciple as preconditioned for the resting and manifestation of the Seven Spirits of God (the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord) sent forth into all the earth ( Gal 5:22 & 23; Isaiah 11:1 & 2; Rev 1:4; Rev 4:5 and Rev 5:6). Character is the stability of the anointing
Man was created in the image and likeness of God. Through the original sin of Adam and Eve, mankind fell from God and became sinful in nature. He is totally incapable of returning to God in himself and is lost without hope, apart from the salvation of Jesus Christ.
The Church is the Body of Christ, whose task is to take the gospel to all men in all nations and make disciples of them.
The spiritual unity of the believers in Christ Jesus.
We believe in healing, health and wholeness as God's will for mankind.
We believe in the corporate worship of believers in a local church and in witnessing to our faith.
We believe in stewardship of all assets evidenced in generous giving, offerings, etc.
The resurrection to eternal life for believers and the resurrection to damnation for unbelievers.
The consummation of all things including the visible personal return of Jesus Christ the resurrection of the dead and the translation of those alive in Christ into the presence of God. The marriage supper of the lamb, the Millennial Reign of Christ and the final judgment.
PASTOR TUNDE BAKARE
VISION OF THE CHURCH IN THE HOUSE
Church in the House is a small group of Latter Rain Assembly members and friends who are building lasting relationship, caring for one another and growing in Christ likeness. It is the coming together of two or more house holds in fellowship. The primary function is edification, evangelism, sharing and caring, nurturing, training and discipling.
“Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, …speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons …” Exodus 12: 1 – 4
“And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends” Acts 10: 24
Church in the House is part of the recognizable governmental structure of the Latter Rain Assembly where members living within the same community gather together for fellowship every Saturday between the hours of 5.00pm and 7.00pm. It is the repackaging of the mega church into manageable units of about 15 persons.
The Latter Rain Assembly is compared to a big ship, while the Church in the House centers is small lifeboats attached to the big ship. A big ship without smaller lifeboats is a disaster going somewhere to happen. For when tragedy hits, all will be lost. However, where there are smaller lifeboats, these are used to ferry people safely to the shores. Storm is normal in life. In the parable of the two builders in Luke 6:46-49, Jesus said “when” and not “if”. Either you dig-deep to lay your foundation, or you build your own house on the sand, flood will come. It is therefore wise to prepare for a better tomorrow, today.
Church in the House has its root in the Bible. We read in Rom 16: 3-5, “Greet Priscilla and Aquilla, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, Greet also the church that meets at their house”. “Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea and to Nympha and the church that is in his house” (Col. 4:15) “……To Philemon our dear friend …… and to the church that meets in your house (Philemon 1, 2).
From the above scriptures, it is evident that the early church met in houses. These were not houses belonging to the church/ministry. Rather, they were houses that people lived in and opened up as a meeting place for the people of God. The most explosive period of church growth in history did not take place in church buildings. At this level, people can easily build lasting interpersonal relationships and can get involved in one another’s affairs both in times of challenges as well as celebrations.
As they share and care for one another they become bonded together in the love of Christ and thereby grow. Soonest, their influence will affect the neighbourhood where they operate and ultimately the community. As the love of God that they share, and life of Christ that they live attracts others, they grow the more.
Membership of the Church in the House is not restricted to the Latter Rain Assembly members alone. In many centers, members of other ministry take advantage of this project and fellowship with the brethren.
For the purpose of administration and effective coordination, three or more Church in the House centers is grouped together as a Zone. Leading each CIH centre are three track leaders namely: the House Pastor, Prayer Secretary and Welfare Secretary. Every zone is being supervised by a Coordinator who is a member of the Church Council.
The Church Council of the Latter Rain Assembly, which is the arm of the governmental structure, is saddled with the responsibility of church growth, which comprises of Coordinators of all the Zones as well as the representatives of Trainers of the Apostolic Training School.
Every registered member of the Latter Rain Assembly must belong to a Church in the House center in order to be effectively ministered to; rather he/she would be like a tree without a root which cannot bear fruit. Church in the House helps every member to locate his/her position in the family tree. The mega church (The Latter Rain Asssembly) is compared to the extended family while the Church in the House is the nucleus family and each member knows exactly where he/she belongs in the family tree.