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The Principal - Rt. Rev. Theophilus. O. Akano
I welcome you to the Rhema Theological College, Manchester UK.

We are a global educational institution that is fully committed to excellence with a passion to teach, train, equip and empower men and women to become leaders in the work of the ministry and impacting their communities and the world at large.

Our educational objectives are to help our students gain a fuller knowledge of the Word of God, the Christian faith, themselves and other people and world around them. We also want to help them cultivate a deeper appreciation for a biblical sense of values, God’s plan for their lives, spiritual cultural, national heritage, and privileges and responsibilities as a believer living in contemporary society. All our students would also be able to develop habits consistent with mature Christian character and cultivating appreciation for the standards of the College and its Christian position.

At Rhema, we are also poised to also help our students improve their ability to think effectively, understand and evaluate the thoughts of others; engage in independent research; and integrate all knowledge and experience into a Christian worldview.

About Rhema Theological College

We are a global educational institution which is fully committed to excellence with a passion to teach, train, equip and empower men and women to become leaders in the work of the ministry and impacting their communities and world at large.

Our Mission

The mission of Rhema Theological College UK is to educate, equip and train men and women for the work of the ministry, building up the Church of Christ and His Community.

Our Statement of Faith

Our statement of faith is focused on the roots of Christianity – Salvation through Christ Jesus, belief in the Trinity, and recognition of the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God. These core beliefs are the unifying features of “True Christianity”, and help us recognize that we are all part of one body – the body of Christ.

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Our statement of faith is focused on the roots of Christianity – Salvation through Christ Jesus, belief in the Trinity, and recognition of the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God. These core beliefs are the unifying features of “True Christianity”, and help us recognize that we are all part of one body – the body of Christ.
Rhema Theological College UK believes in the engrafted Word of God. The College believes in the Divine inspiration of the Old and New Testaments. God’s Word is without error and it is God’s revelation to mankind.
We believe in Salvation by Grace and it is a free-gift from God given to everyone who believes in His Son Jesus, the Christ, and accept Him as the Lord of their life. (Matthew 16:21-26) (John 3:16-19) (John 14:6) (Acts 4:12) (Romans 10:9-13) (Ephesians 2:4-9) (I John 5:9-12).So, Salvation is initiated, attained, and procured by God through the death of Christ on the Cross for our sins and His resurrection from the dead. The salvation Christ offers is available to all, and is received freely by grace alone and through faith in Christ alone, apart from good works, thereby justifying and indwelling the believer.
We believe in the full historicity and perspicuity of the biblical record of primeval history, including the literal existence of Adam and Eve as the progenitors of all people, the literal fall in the Garden of Eden and resultant its repercussion on creation, the worldwide cataclysmic deluge, and the origin of the nations and languages at the tower of Babel. We believe that the importance of the scripture is not only based on its inspiration but also on history. The bible is full of history which cannot be hidden. Everyone has got history. It is history that makes up the story and the story testify of God’s glory.
We believe that man is created in the image of God; however, after the fall of Adam and Eve, all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are offered as a free gift by the Lord Jesus Christ to all based on His grace alone. When a person repents of sin and receives Jesus Christ as personal Saviour and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord. We believe the composition of man is Spirit, Soul and the body. Man is a Spirit with a soul enclosed in a body. Every man is helpless, hopeless and limited without Christ in God. Our sufficiency is in Christ Jesus {Phil. 4:9 & 13}.

We believe in the divinity of our Lord, Christ Jesus. Jesus is God incarnate, and manifest in human flesh. He was like us in all ways except for one, being free from sin. (Isaiah 9:6-7) (John 1:1-14) (John 5:22-23) (John 8:54-58) (John 10:30)

We believe the Bible (i.e. the sixty-six {66} books of the Old and New Testaments) is the Word of God, comprises the totality of Holy Scripture, is verbally inspired and inerrant in the original text, remains inerrant and infallible in all its substance, and is sufficient for salvation and sanctification. Therefore, it is the supreme, final, and authoritative standard for faith, theology, and life. We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to an individual’s life, leading that person to greater maturity in Christ. The Word of God is eternal and unbroken. (Numbers 23:16-19) (John 1:1-14) (II Timothy 3:15-17)
We believe that the triune God eternally exists in one essence and three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that He is essentially Spirit, personal, transcendent, sovereign, life, love, truth, Almighty, simple (i.e., essentially one without parts), timelessly eternal, unchangeable, wise, just, holy, relational, pure actuality, dynamic, infallible in all things, including His foreknowledge of all future decisions and events, and that He created the heavens and the earth in six literal days. So, God eternally exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4-5) (Matthew 28:19-20) (Mark 12:28–31) (I John 5:7).
Jesus Christ We believe that our Lord was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary. (Isaiah 7:14) (Matthew 1:18-23). We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, possessing two distinct natures which are co-joined in one person; that He was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless and miraculous life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His vicarious substitutionary death on the Cross, was physically resurrected in the same body that was buried in the tomb by the power of the Holy Spirit; that Jesus Christ physically ascended back to the right hand of God the Father in heaven, and ever lives to make intercession for us. After Jesus ascended to Heaven, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the believers in Jerusalem and to as many today who believe and receive Him, enabling them to fulfil His command to preach the gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today. (Romans 5:6-10); (I Thessalonians 5:9-10); (Acts 1:8-11) (Romans 8:31-35)
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead who seals, indwells, sanctifies, baptizes, teaches, empowers, reveals, execute and guides the believer into all truth. The Holy Spirit gives gifts to whom He wills, which are valid for today, and ought to be exercised within scriptural guidelines. We as believers are to earnestly desire the best gifts, seeking to exercise them in love that the whole Body of Christ might be edified. We believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without this love all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.
We believe that all believers should receive water baptism by immersion, as a demonstration of our faith, and in obedience to the commandment of our Lord. This act represents a commitment by the believer, and should be accompanied by a renewal and sanctification via the Holy Spirit. Water baptism is an outward symbol of spiritual identification with His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matthew 28:18-20) (Mark 1:4-11). We do not believe in infant baptism. One who decides to be baptised by immersion must willingly surrender his life in totality to Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour, willingly confesses his sins and willingly repented from them before deciding to be baptised by immersion.
We believe in the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit, for the edification of the body of believers, and enabling the believer to live a life pleasing to God. (Matthew 7:13-23) (Acts 2:38-39) (Romans 12:4-8) (I Corinthians 12:1-12) (I Corinthians 13:1-3) (Galatians 5:22-26). We believe, the fruit of the Spirit is the automatic gateway to the gifts of the Spirit. Without the fruits of the Spirit embedded in a believer, He cannot possess the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saints to eternal life. (Isaiah 26:19) (Daniel 12:1-3) (Matthew 22:30-32) (Mark 12:25-27) (Luke 20:34-38) (John 5:25-29) (Romans 8:22-23) (I Corinthians 15:35-45) (I Corinthians 15:51-55) (I Corinthians 15:20-28) (Philippians 3:20-21) (I John 3:1-3) (Revelation 20:4-6)
The universal Church is an organic body composed of all believers, both living and dead, who have been sealed by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. The church has the responsibility to worship the Lord and share the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection to the world, making disciples, baptizing believers, and teaching them to observe sound doctrine and live a morally pure life. We believe church government should be simple rather than a complex bureaucracy, with the utmost dependence upon the Holy Spirit to lead, rather than on fleshly promotion or worldly wisdom. The Lord has given the church two ordinances which are to continue until He returns — Adult baptism by immersion and Holy Communion. Water baptism is a picture of the salvation already received by the believer. We believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s sacrificial agape love, which is greater than any secondary differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
We believe worship of God should be spiritual. Therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship. We believe worship of God should be inspirational. Therefore, we give great place to music in our worship. We believe worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore, our gatherings are designed with great emphasis upon the teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us how He should be worshiped. We believe the worship of God should be fruitful. Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have been truly worshiping God in spirit and truth.
We await the rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ which will be physical, personal, visible, and pre-millennial. This motivates us to evangelism, holy living, heart-felt worship, committed service, diligent study of God’s Word, and regular fellowship. So, we believe in the second coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. (Matthew 24:1-44) (John 14:1-3) (Acts 1:9-11) (I Corinthians 15:20-24) (I Thessalonians 4:15-17) (I Thess. 5:1-3) (II Thess. 2:1-4) (Titus 2:11-13)
We believe those who are saved by Jesus Christ will spend eternity with Him in a conscious state of blessedness, reward, and satisfaction; that those who do not personally receive the finished work of Christ by faith will spend eternity separated from God in a state of conscious torment.
We believe there is a real personal devil of great malevolence, cunning, and power, who seeks to deceive, tempt, kill, steal and destroy, yet his power is limited by God to only what God permits him to do; that the devil has been defeated at the cross of Christ, and will be defeated practically at Christ’s glorious second coming which will eventuate in the permanent quarantine and punishment of the Devil, Beast, and False Prophet, in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.
The belief that true Christians can be demon possessed and helpless against the craft and wiles of the Devil, A true child of God can no more be possessed by the devil. He is now totally free by the blood of Christ {2 Cor. 5:17; 1 John 4:4} Any philosophy or theology which denies that human freewill can be exercised in the receiving of Christ’s free gift of salvation; specifically, we reject the belief that Jesus’ atonement was limited in its extent, instead, we believe that He died for all unrighteous people and that any perceived limitation rests in one’s free rejection of Christ’s finished work of atonement, and we reject the assertion that God’s wooing grace cannot be resisted or that He has elected some people to go to hell; instead we believe that anyone who wills to come to Christ may do so freely as a result of the Holy Spirit’s conviction and wooing persuasion of the heart; Human prophecy that supersedes or is contrary to Scripture; Any introduction of psychology and philosophy which is contrary to Scripture and is in substance “according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ” into biblical teaching; “Open Theism” or “Freewill Theism” which reduces God’s timeless, unchanging, dynamic nature, and exhaustive foreknowledge of future free decisions, to creaturely modes of being and operation; The “Emergent Church” movement insofar as it departs from the historic orthodox Christian doctrines in favour of postmodernism, and The overemphasis of spiritual gifts, experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of biblical teaching.
o Know God and Equip Servants Before Jesus said to Peter, “Feed My sheep,” He asked, “Do you love me?” until this question is settled we are not ready for true service. Our great desire at Rhema Theological College UK is to see all students totally committed and abandoned to Jesus Christ, loving Him with all their heart and more than anything that is nearest and dearest to them. To know Him is to love Him and we know Him through His Word. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We purpose to give you the whole counsel of God, from Genesis to Revelation, which is sufficient to equip you. “Then he said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me’.” Our Lord came not to be served, but to serve and give His life a ransom for us all. We pray you will receive “the manifold grace of God” In order to develop the humble heart of a servant and be strengthened “to bear much fruit, adorning the doctrine of God our Saviour” in every respect. This purpose and vision will be accomplished as Zechariah prophesied, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” We expect you will be conformed more into the image of Jesus Christ and endowed for ministry by the baptism of the Holy Spirit
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