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Bexley Church Dedication Service

This historic event, the third in a trilogy of dedications performed by the United Kingdom arm of Apostolic Faith within 8 days, began with a piano prelude followed by a woodwind quartet “Praise ye the Father” by Charles Gounod. The choir followed with a rousing performance of J Rouse’s “My Father’s House” with Bro. Tim Okunsanya as the lead soloist. In his solo, he highlighted that Bexley is the Lord’s house and should be a house of prayer.
After the wonderful choir rendition, the Pastor, Rev. Isaac Adigun gave a brief account of how the church was purchased. The church building was found advertised in a local newspaper which the Pastor came across during one of his visits to a sick sister. The original bid for the building was rejected, but a few months later a new, lower bid was presented and it was honoured! He attributed this to God’s intervention because the time was right according to God’s calendar. Rev. Adigun acknowledged the work of the retired Pastor, Rev. Victor Okunsanya who had previously encouraged the congregation to pray and actively search for a new church. Rev. Isaac then appreciated the assistance of all those involved in the purchase and renovation of the new church. He reiterated that prayer was the key that helped in purchasing the building.
A backtrack of how the idea of expansion came into reality was given. The church in Peckham was designed for a capacity of about 145 worshippers, but grew within a few years to about 300 worshippers. This initiated the search for a new church. The Pastor informed the congregation that a passer-by paid for the church sign-board as an offering pledged in answer to a prayer. He stated that God had totally planned this and we are grateful to Him. He acknowledged that various members from our churches worldwide contributed the expertise needed as the work of renovation commenced. Rev. Adigun prayed that the Lord would bless them all.
The scripture reading for the dedication was read by the District Superintendent of East, West and Central Africa, Rev. Adebayo Adeniran. Rev. Darrel Lee, the General Superintendent of the Apostolic Faith work gave the word of exhortation. He emphasised that the work is not American or Nigerian but it is the work of God. He consecrated the church with powerful, inspiring words, stating that the church is a soul saving station and is being dedicated for souls. He read from II Chronicles 7:12-16. He gave an insight to the Doctrine of the church as biblical and said “We are not ashamed of what we preach”. He reflected on the basis of Justification by faith; how the Apostolic Faith sprang out of the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles in 1906. He also gave a brief history of his salvation and encounter with the Apostolic Faith church through his sister, a college student. He gave a note of warning against sin that a life of sin makes many a promise but fails to deliver. He prayed that the church will be a place where marriages will be reconciled and where God’s love will be paramount. He also prayed that God should build the church. He likened it to the temple in the time of Solomon. He said the temple was finished but not complete; God completed that temple after the dedicatory prayer was made and God’s glory filled the House.

The dedicatory prayer was said by Rev. Isaac Adigun. He prayed that when people pray concerning issues of life and other things that God answers their prayers. He prayed also that Bexley church, which he termed God’s House, shall be called a house of prayer. He prayed for God’s anointing on all areas of the church.

The dedicatory prayer was followed by G.F Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” rendered by the Apostolic Faith Choir. A prayer of gratitude to God was given by the General Superintendent. A tour of the church and refreshments ended the dedication service.

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