Our Christian Identity

OUR DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

Resurrection Power University is a Christian institution of higher education. Our doctrine stems from the nondenominational, evangelical, Bible-based, and Christ-centered, Christian Church worldview of the founding Church, the Obasi World Outreach Resurrection Power Ministries. At RPU we believe God for whom He says He is, who and what He says He created us to be in accordance with the creation account in the Bible. Our unique identity and the purposes of our members, including our gender,  sexuality, and marriage, as we interpret from the Bible, have been defined in the following doctrinal statements.

I. We believe in the one and indivisible God (Mark 12:32), the God who created the heaven and the earth, and all things that were created (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3), including but not limited to all of the seas, and all of heaven and all the universe, beyond what man can imagine and beyond what any science can reveal, including what no eye has seen, nor any ear heard, nor any mouth ever mentioned (1 Corinthians 2:9); the God of all creation, your creator and mine (Genesis 1:26-27); He is the God we believe in.

II. We believe in the Bible, both the Old and the New Testaments as the inspired and infallible Word of God, and our final authority in all matters of faith, living, and practice (2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119.89-91; II Peter 1.20-21).

III. We believe that God reveals Himself in three persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 1 John 5:7) while remaining the same one and indivisible God.

IV. We believe that Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form, (Colossians 2:9; Romans 6:23; Isaiah 9:6,7; John 1:1-3): Jesus Christ is the true God and true man.

V. We believe that as true man, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1: 31; 2:11); He lived in this world doing good, was crucified, died, and was buried, and that He rose from the dead on the third day in His original body (Luke 24:36-43; John 20:27), ascended into heaven (Luke 24:51), and is now seated at the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19; Colossians 3:1; Romans 8: 34).

VI. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead (Acts 10:42); every eye shall see Him as He comes in glory in the clouds with His hosts of heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

VII. We believe in the resurrection of the dead: all that are in the graves shall hear His voice and shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:25-29).

VIII. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:5; Romans 3:24), and that “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2; Isaiah 49:8), and that tomorrow might be too late; we believe that the saved confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9).

IX. We believe in miracles because “JESUS CHRIST THE SAME YESTERDAY, AND TODAY, AND FOREVER” (Hebrew 13:8); so He has not changed since He said: “These signs shall follow them that believe: in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”, (Mark 16:16-18; John 14:12). We are a witness the above Word still works as far as Jesus forever lives by His word.

X. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one can come to the Father except by Him (John 14:6); the Only Way (not ‘a way’ as some say) to the Father, the only one in whom there is Salvation, and the only One who gives Eternal Life (John 14:6, Acts 4:12, John 14:2-3).

XI We believe in Biblical Gender Creation, Biblical Human SexualityBiblical Marriage, and that our final authority in the interpretation of the Bible as given by the Holy Spirit and revealed to the founders of the Obasi World Outreach Resurrection Power Ministries and the Resurrection Power University of Theology and Technology.

Commitment to Our Doctrine

We believe that the human gender as male and female, is an immutable and final human attribute, intentionally created and assigned by God to each individual, and that both genders are complementary to each other to make the human being (male and female) the image of God, and member of the church (the bride) of which Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom. The following are founding Bible references that inform what we believe about gender and why it is inseparable from our faith: 

  • We believe in Jesus Christ and He says: “From the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6).
  • As male and female, we identify as the image of God: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:27).
  • We believe that God already assigned us specific gender (as He did our other members) and recorded it in His book (thereby tying our gender to our identity with God) before He proceeded to fashion us into being: “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:16, KJV).
  • As the image of God, we identify as marvelous works of God in which we were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm139:14).
  • Christ’s relationship with the Church is important to us. In our faith, marriage between the man (male) and the woman (female) directly links us to the relationship between our Lord Jesus Christ (the bridegroom) and the church (the bride) of which we, the believers, are members. The Bible says: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32).

Overall, we believe that before we were created, God already determined our gender, name and the gender-related assignment for being created. He told Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4).

Furthermore, in the following seven cases, the names and gender of the child were announced by God, sometimes hundreds of years before their birth:

  • Jesus Christ (Luke 1:30-33). Here, the angel reveals both the name and gender of baby that was yet to be conceived, and goes further to describe who he would be, his mission, ministry and his Kingdom that should not have an end.
  • John the Baptist (Luke 1:13).  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John” (Luke 1:13).
  • Cyrus (Isaiah 44:28, 45:1–7). From the time this prophecy was made in the year 712 BC or thereabouts, about Cyrus, whom God mentioned by name, gender, and job description, it would take about a hundred and fifty years before the baby, who would eventually become the historical Cyrus the Great, would be born.
  • Josiah (1 Kings 13:2).
    Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:9).
    Ishmael (Genesis 16:11)
     and
  • Isaac (Genesis 17:19), among others.

We believe that our gender is part of the grand design of God for us to be identified as His image: “…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them.” (Gen 1:26-27 KJV).

At Resurrection Power University, we believe that sex is God authorized activity between the husband and the wife who are married according to God’s designed marriage as it is defined in the Bible: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24). We believe that sex among Christians should be a God authorized legitimate activity between the married man and his wife (a woman) designed to implement God’s instruction to the married couple that makes them join together and become one flesh (Genesis 2:24). And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, (Genesis 1:28). We believe that sex is between the man and woman who are married according to God’s design as outlined in the Bible. Every other outside marriage is sin: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

We at Resurrection Power University believe that Christian marriage is instituted by God to be a union between one man who was created a male at birth and one woman who was created a female at birth, so that both of them become one person according to the purpose of God (Genesis 2:18-25; 5:1-2). We believe that Jesus confirmed that from the beginning, marriage has been between one man and one woman; Mark 10:2-9; Matthew 19:4-6), and that their marriage is in force until death do them part (Romans 7:2-3). We believe that marriage between one man and one woman models the intimate relationship between Jesus Christ and His Bride, the Church, of which we are members (Ephesians 5:21-33). We believe that stable marriage produces stable family, and stable family, in turn, produces stable society (1 Cor. 7:2).

Our Final Authority In Bible Interpretation
for Matters of Faith and Conduct

Our Doctrinal Statement as written in this document does not exhaust the extent of all that we believe. The Bible itself is the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks to us with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind. It is the sole and final source of all that we believe. As a result, for all purposes of faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline pertaining to RESURRECTION POWER UNIVERSITY, ITS COLLEGES, SEMINARIES, AND SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS THE AFFILIATE COLLEGES, SEMINARIES, SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, AND MINISTRIES, the General Overseer of Obasi World Outreach Resurrection Power Ministries, Inc., in consultation with the executive committee and the board of directors shall be the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application as revealed by the Holy Spirit.

By enrolling in Resurrection Power University, the student signifies his or her agreement and willingness to abide by the principles in this doctrinal statement on Gender, Marriage, and Human Sexuality, and agrees to respect and uphold these principles. Student further signifies that any form of activism against these principles would be viewed as a violation of this commitment, and behavior that violates any part of this Statement may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from Resurrection Power University.

 

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