Deeper Christian Life Ministry

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Deeper Life Bible Church
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Classification Evangelicalism
Theology Non-denominational
Headquarters Lagos, Nigeria
Founder William F. Kumuyi
Origin 1973; 43 years ago (1973) Lagos, Nigeria
Official website dclm.org

Deeper Christian Life Ministry (also known as Deeper Life Bible Church)[1] is a non-denominational Christian Church[2] with its international headquarters, Deeper Life Bible Church Lagos in Lagos, Nigeria. It is overseen by the General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi.[1][3][4] It is a Holiness-Pentecostal church.

Tenets[edit]

The church lists 22 tenets of their beliefs: the Holy Bible, the Godhead, Virgin birth of Christ, total depravity, Repentance, Restitution, Justification, Water baptism, Lord's supper, Sanctification, Holy Ghost baptism, Redemption, Personal evangelism, Marriage, Rapture, Resurrection of the Dead, Great Tribulation, Second coming of Christ, Christ's millennial reign, Great White Throne Judgment, New Heaven and the New Earth, and Hell fire.[5]

History[edit]

In 1973, while serving as a Mathematics Lecturer at the University of Lagos, W.F. Kumuyi started a Bible study group with 15 university students who had come to him requesting training in the Scriptures. The church started as the Deeper Christian Life Ministry. William Folorunso Kumuyi, was a former Anglican who joined the Apostolic Faith Church after being his baptism.[6] In 1975, he was expelled from the church for preaching without credentials. He continued his independent ministry, which in 1982 became the Deeper Life Bible Church. By the early 1980s that small group had grown to several thousand, at which time Deeper Life Bible Church was formally established.[7][8] The church has spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa and then to the United Kingdom, from where branches were developed in western Europe, Russia, India, and North America.

On August 7, 2012, a Deeper Life church in Okene was attacked by three unidentified gunmen, who opened fire on a Bible study group with Kalashnikov assault rifles, killing 19.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Okoro, Luke (24 October 2009). "Timely Intervention". AllAfrica.com (AllAfrica Global Media). Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Goodenough, Patrick (4 January 2012). "Terrorists Warn Christians to Leave Nigeria’s Muslim North". Cybercast News Service (Virginia, USA). Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Eyoboka, Sam (10 October 2009). "Refreshing Times at Deeper Life as Kumuyi Launches Satellite TV, Relaxes Stringent Marriage Conditions". AllAfrica.com (AllAfrica Global Media). Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Souter, Janet (25 January 2003). "Deeper Life Bible Church to start offering suburban services Living faith". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA). p. 2. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.dclm.org/about/what-we-believe/
  6. ^ http://protestantism.enacademic.com/191/Deeper_Life_Bible_Church#sel=3:45,3:48
  7. ^ Korieh, Chima Jacob (2005). Religion, history, and politics in Nigeria: essays in honor of Ogbu U. Kalu. University Press of America. p. 242. ISBN 0-7618-3139-8. 
  8. ^ Idowu, Samuel O.; Filho, Walter Leal. Global Practices of Corporate Social Responsibility. Springer Publishing. p. 426. ISBN 9783540688129. 
  9. ^ "Nigeria Kogi state curfew after church attack". BBC News. August 8, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 

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