Jesus People's Revival Ministries was commissioned in 1982 by Rev. James A. Solomon in Nigeria (West Africa). In 1987 after praying on a prayer retreat mountain for one year, Rev. James received the full commission to launch the church arm of Jesus People's Revival Ministries, called "JESUS FAMILY CHAPEL".
Led by the Holy Spirit, Rev. James left Lagos (Nigeria) to start the church in the small town of Ikire in the present day Osun State of Nigeria - located about 25 kilometers from the city of Ibadan, in Oyo State (Nigeria). In 1989 Rev.James got married to Pastor Mrs. Florence James and together they built up the ministry. They are blessed with 5 children.
In the 1990s, the Holy Spirit started to expand the ministry of Rev. James Solomon to Europe and the United States. In 2000, Jesus People's Revival Ministries and Jesus Family Chapel were launched in Atlanta, GA.
At present, Jesus Family Chapel consists of 29 local assemblies worldwide. 28 of these are located in West Africa while one (the international headquarters) is located in the US.
The vision of Jesus People's Revival Ministries is divided into three major areas through which the purpose of God is fulfilled:
It is our Vision to be a place where people who are hurting, depressed, frustrated, and confused can find love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness, and encouragement. (Matthew 10: 42)
- Preaching the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to All Nations (Mark 16:15).
- Teaching and preaching Deliverance and Spiritual Warfare to All Nations (Obadiah 1: 17).
- Setting up Bible believing Victorious Churches in All Nations (Matthew 28: 18-19)
- To win souls for Christ as commanded in the Bible.
- To create an awareness of the Believer's authority over Satan and his kingdom.
- To create an atmosphere for worship for all nations.
- To foster holiness, revival, and unity in the body of Christ.
- To equip every Believer for a significant ministry by helping them discover, develop, and deploy their God-given gifts and talents.
- To minister to the general needs of people as taught and practiced by our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Meeting People's Needs & Community Program
- Warfare Outreach Program & Bible School
- Implementing Biblical Time Consciousness
- House Fellowship Program (Cell Groups)
TENETS OF FAITH AND DOCTRINE
The church accepts the following Fundamental Tenets of Belief of Faith and practice that which all members and Ministers are to subscribe for the purpose of unity:
I. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Bible
• is the Word of God; true, immutable, steadfast, and unchangeable as its author, Jehovah God. (Matt 24:35; Psalm 109:89)
• was written by holy men of old as they were moved to write by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. (II Timothy 3:16-17;
II Peter 1:19-21)
• Is like a lighted lamp to guide the feet of a lost humanity from the darkness of sin and ignorance to the glorious light of righteousness and glory. (Psalm 119:105)
• is an unclouded mirror that reveals the face of community.
• is a sharp two edged sword to convict of sin and evil doing.
• is a strong cord of love and tender mercy to draw the penitent to Christ
• is a balm of Gilead inbreathed by the Holy Spirit that can heal and quicken each drooping heart.
• is the only true ground of Christian Fellowship and Unity, the loving call of an infinitely loving God.
• is the solemn unheeding, a signpost that points to heaven, a danger signal that warns from hell, the divine, supreme and eternal tribunal by whose standards all men, nations, creeds, and motives shall be tried.
Other scriptures: Phil 3:16
II. THE ONE TRUE GODHEAD
We believe that there is only One True and Living God, maker of heaven and earth, and all that therein (Isaiah 43:11). He is the Alpha and Omega, who ever was, and is, and shall be time without end, Amen (John1:1). He is the infinitely holy, mighty, tender, loving and glorious worthy of all possible love and honor, confidence, and obedience, majesty, dominion and might, both now and forever, and that in the unity of the Godhead there are three equal in divine perfection executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.(I John5:7)
• The Father: His glory is so exceedingly bright that mortal cannot look upon His face and live (Exodus 33:20), but whose heart was so filled with love and pity for his lost and sinful children that He freely gave His only begotten Son to redeem and reconcile them unto Himself. (Isaiah 43:10; John 3:16)
• The Son: He is Co-existent and Co-eternal with the Father, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, took upon Himself the form of man, bore our sins, carried our sorrows, and by the shedding of His precious blood upon the cross of Calvary purchased redemption for all that would believer upon Him; then, bursting the bonds of death and hell rose from the grave and ascended on high leading captivity captive, that as the great Mediator between God and man, He might stand at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for those for whom He laid down His life. (I Tim 2:2-5; Eph 2:18)
• The Holy Spirit: The third person of the Godhead, the Spirit of the Father shed abroad, omnipotent, omnipresent, performing an inexpressibly important mission upon earth, convicting of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, drawing sinners to the Savior, rebuking, pleading, searching, comforting, guiding, quickening, teaching, glorifying, baptizing, and enduing with power from on high them who yield to His tender ministrations, preparing them for the great day of the Lord’s appearing.
Other Scriptures: II Cor 13:14; Matt 28:19; Rom 8:11; John 16:7-14; Job38:4-7)
III. MAN: THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image of God, before whom he walked in holiness and purity, but that by voluntary disobedience and transgression, he fell from the garden of Eden of purity and innocence to the depths of sin and iniquity, and that in consequence of this, all mankind are sinners sold unto satan, sinners not by constraint, but by choice, sharpen in iniquity and utterly void by nature of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, guilty and without excuse, justly deserving the condemnation of a just and holy God.
Scriptures References: Gen1:27; Rom5:12,15-19; John3:16; Psalm51:5; Gen6:12; 3:9-18; Eph2:3; Isa. 53:6; Rom 1:20; 3:19; Gal3:22.
IV. THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION
We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, the Just for the unjust, freely, and by divine appointment of the Father taking the sinner’s place, bearing his sins, receiving his condemnation, dying his death, fully paying his penalty, and signing was life’s blood, the pardon of everyone who should believe upon Him; that upon simple faith and acceptance of the atonement purchased on Mount Calvary, the vilest sinner may be cleansed of his iniquities and made whiter than the driven snow.
Scripture references: Isa.53:5; Titus 2:14.
V. SALVATION BY GRACE
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly through grace; that we have no righteousness or goodness of our own wherewith to seek divine favor, and must come, therefore, throwing ourselves upon the unfailing mercy of Him who bought us and washed us in His own blood, pleading the merits and righteousness of Christ the Savior, standing upon His word and accepting the free Gift of His love and pardon.
Scripture References: Eph 2:8. Rom3;10; 3:23; Isa.64:6; John6:47; Eph. 2:13; Rom 6:23.
VI. TRUE REPENTANCE.
We believe that upon sincere repentance, godly sorrow for sin and a wholehearted acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, they who call upon him may be justified by faith, through His precious blood and that in place of condemnation, they may have the most blessed peace, assurance and favor with God; that with open arms of mercy and pardon, the savior waits to receive each penitent who will in unfeigned contrition and supplication for mercy, open the door of his heat and accept Him as lord and king.
Scripture References: I John1:19; Rom5:1, 2; 8:1; Luke1:77-79; John6:37.
VII. THE SACREAMENTS OF WATER BAPTISM & HOLY COMMUNION
We believe that water baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, according to the command of our Lord, is a blessed outward sign of an inward work. It is a beautiful and solemn emblem reminding us that even as our Lord died upon the cross of Calvary so we reckon ourselves now dead indeed unto sin, and the old nature nailed to the tree with Him; and that even as He was raised up from the dead: that like as Christ was raided up from the dead by the Glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life.
We believe in the commemoration and observing of the Lord’s Supper, the sacred use of the broken bread, a precious type of the Bread of Life even Jesus Christ, whose body was broken for us; and by the juice of the vine, a blessed type which should ever remind the participant of the shed blood of the Savior who is the true vine of which His children are the branches; that this ordinance is as a glorious rainbow that spans the gulf of the years between Calvary and the coming of the Lord, when in the Father’s kingdom, He will partake anew with His children; and that the serving and receiving of this blessed sacrament should ever by preceded by the most solemn heart-searching, self examination, forgiveness and love toward all men, that none partake unworthily and drink condemnation to his own soul.
Scripture Reference: Matt 28:19; Acts 1:47, 48; Gal 3:27, 28; Rom6:4; Acts22:16; Acts2:4; I Peter3:20; I cor11:26; I Cor13:5.
We believe that having been cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ and having received the witness of the Holy Spirit at conversion, it is the will of God that we be sanctified daily and become partakers of His holiness; growing constantly stronger in faith, power, prayer, love, and service; first as babies desiring the sincere milk of the word; then as dear children walking humble, seeking diligently the hidden life, where self decreases and Christ increases; then as marching forth to new conquests in His name beneath His blood-stained banner, ever living a patient, sober, unselfish, godly life that will be a true reflection of the Christ within.
Scripture Reference: I Thess4:3; I Thess5:23; II cor7:1; Prov4:18; Hev6:1; Rom8:5; I Peter2:2;
IX. BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the incoming of the promised Comforter in mighty and glorious fullness to endue the believer with power from on high; to glorify and exalt the Lord Jesus; to give inspired utterance in witnessing of Him; to foster the Spirit of prayer, holiness, and sobriety; to equip the individual and the church for practical, efficient, joyous Spirit-filled soul-winning in the fields of life; and that this being still the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, the believer may have and every reason to expect His incoming to be after the same manner as that in which he came upon Jews and Gentiles alike in Bible days, and as recorded in the word, that it may be truly said of us as of the house of Cornelius: the Holy Ghost fell on them as on us at the beginning.
Scripture References: John14:16, 17; Acts1:5, 8; Acts 2:4; Acts 8:17; Acts10:44-46; Acts10:44-46; Acts19:6; I cor3:16.
X. FRUITS AND GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that:
• the Holy Spirit has the following gifts to bestow upon the believing church of the Lord Jesus Christ: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues, interpretation;
• according to the degree of grace and faith possessed by the recipient, these gifts are divided to every man severally, as He, the Holy Spirit, wills;
• these gifts are to be most edifying and beneficial to the church; and that the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, should be put
forth, cultivated, and diligently guarded as the resultant adornment the constant, eloquent and irrefutable evidence of a Spirit-filled life.
Scripture Reference: I Cor12:1, 3; II Cor 12:11; Rom12:6-8; John15:8; Luke3:9.
XI. THE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
We believe that having accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior and King, and having thus been born into the family and invisible body or church of the Lord, it is the sacred duty of the believer, whenever this lieth within his power, to identify himself with, and labor most earnestly for the up building of God’s Kingdom with the visible church of Christ upon the earth; and that such visible church is a congregation of believers, who have associated themselves together in Christian fellowship and in the unity of the Spirit, observing the ordinances of Christ, worshipping Him in the beauty of holiness, speaking to each other in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, reading and proclaiming His word, laboring for the salvation of souls, giving of their temporal means to carry His work, edifying, encouraging, establishing one another in the most holy faith, and working harmoniously together as dear children who are many members but one body of which Christ is the head.
Scripture Reference: Ps111:1; Heb10:24; Acts2:47; Rom12:5; Rom12:6-8; Mal3:16-17
XII. THE CHURCH AND THE STATE
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society, and that governors and rulers should be prayed for, obeyed, and upheld, at all times except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the ruler of the conscience of His people, the King of Kings, and the Lord of lords.
Scripture Reference: Rom13:1,3; Deut16:18; II Sam23:3; Exodus18:21-23; Jer30:21; Acts5:29; matt10:28; Dan3:15-18;6:7-10; Acts4:18-20; Matt23:10
XIII. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent; that He will descend from heaven in the clouds of glory with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God; and that at this hour, which no man knoweth beforehand, the dead in Christ shall rise, then the redeemed that are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and that no man knoweth the hour of His appearance, which we believe He were expected to appear at even, yet that in obedience to His explicit command, occupy till come, the work of spreading the gospel, the sending forth of missionaries, and the general duties for the up building of the church should be carried on as diligently, and thoroughly as though neither ours nor the next generation should live in the flesh to see that glorious day.
Scripture Reference: I Thess4:16,17; Titus2:12,13; Matt24:36,42,44; Heb9:28; Luke19:13: 12:35-37.
The Rapture (commonly referred to as the first phase or stage of the Second Coming of Christ) is the catching away from the earth of all living saints; and all who died in the Lord. The Rapture will take place before the Great Tribulation and can happen any time from now.
• The Resurrection of the dead
• is taught in the Bible as clearly as the immortality of the soul. Every individual who has ever lived will be resurrected, some to honour and glory and others to everlasting shame and contempt.
• The Great Tribulation
• will occur after the Rapture and will be a time of terrible suffering on earth. It is also referred to as the time of Jacob's trouble. During this time, the Antichrist will take possession of this world for a reign of terror. He will not be a system or organisation but a person - a supernatural diabolical being, in the form of a man who will blaspheme and proclaim himself to be God.
• The Second Coming of Christ
• will be just as literal and visible as His going away, and He is coming to execute judgement upon the ungodly. He will also, then, set up His Kingdom and reign on this present earth for a thousand years.
• Christ's Millennial Reign
• is the 1,000 years' literal reign of Jesus on earth, which will be ushered in by the coming of Jesus back to earth with ten thousands of His saints. At this time He will judge the nations that dwell upon the face of the earth.
XIV. THE JUDGEMENT
We believe that the dead both small and great shall be raised up and stand with the living before the judgment seat of God; and that when a solemn and awful separation shall take place wherein the wicked shall be adjudged to everlasting punishment and the righteous to life eternal; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or in hell on principles of righteousness as set forth in His Holy Word.
Scripture Reference: IICor5:10; Matt13:41-43.
We believe that Heaven is the indescribable glorious habitation of the living God; and that thither the Lord has gone to prepare a place for His children that unto this four-square city, whose builder and maker is God, the earnest believers who have washed their roves in the blood of the lamb and have overcome by the word of their testimony will be carried; that the Lord Jesus Christ will present them to the Father without spot or wrinkle; and there in unutterable joy they will ever behold His wonderful face, in an everlasting kingdom whereunto comes no darkness nor nIght, neither sorrow, tears, pain, nor death, and wherein hosts of attending angels sweep their harps, sing the praises of our King, and bowing down before the throne.
Scripture reference: ICor2:9; Rev22:5; John14:2; Rev21:4; Rev7:15-
We believe that hell is a place of outer darkness and deepest sorrow, where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched; a place prepared for the devil and his angels where there shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, a place of grief and eternal regret on the part of them who have rejected the mercy, love, an tenderness of the crucified Savior, choosing death rather than life; and that there into a lake that burns with fire and brimstone shall be cast the unbelieving, the abominable, the murderers, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars, and they who have rejected and spurned the love and sacrifice of the bleeding redeemer –passing the cross to their doom, in spite of every entreaty and warning of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture Reference: matt13:41, 42; Rev20:10,15: 14:10,11; Mark9:43,44; Ezekiel 3:11.
XVII. THE GREAT COMMISION:
We believe that seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, and that the end of all things is at hand, the redeemed children of the Lord Jehovah should rise and shine forth as a light that cannot be hid, a city set upon a hill, speeding forth the gospel to the ends of the earth, girding the globe with the message of salvation, declaring with burning zeal and earnestness the whole council of God; that when the Lord of glory shall appear, they shall be found standing, with their loins girded about with the truth, their activities and ministry laden down with the wealth of jewels they have won and guarded for Him, the precious souls, whom, by their faithful testimony they have been instrumental in leading from darkness into light; that soul winning is therefore ever weight and hindrance which would tend to quench that flame or hamper the efficiency of world wide evangelism should be curt off and cast away sacred cause of Christ and contrary to the great commission by our Lord.
Scripture Reference: II Tim4:1,2; Prov11:30; James5:20; Ezek3:17-18; John4:35-37; Matt9:38; Mark16:15.
XIX. DIVINE HEALING IN THE ATONEMENT
We believe that divine healing is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to heal the sick and the afflicted in answer to believing prayer; that he who is the same yesterday, today, and forever has never changed, but is still an all-sufficient help in the time of trouble, able to meet the needs of, and quicken into newness of life the body, as well as the soul and spirit in answer to his divine and sovereign will.
Scripture Reference: Matt8:17; 9:5; Mark16:17,18; Acts4:29-30; James5:14-16.
XX. TITHES AND OFFERING:
We believe that the method ordained of God to sustain His ministry and the spread of the gospel after his command is “Tithing” and is generally accepted throughout all Foursquare churches, not only as God’s method to take care of the material and financial needs of His church, but to raise the spiritual morale of His people to the extent that God must bless tem, we are commanded in malachi3:10 to “Bring ye all the tithe into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith the lord of host, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive.”
In the matter of “giving” and “free-will offerings” they are ordered of the Lord and practiced in all Foursquare churches as part of God’s plan for the church’s material needs and the spirituality of His people. We are admonished in Luke6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom, for with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Being joint heirs with Him, we know that giving unto His kingdom which is also ours is an enjoyable thing, it being more blessed to give than to receive, for we are commanded in IIcor9:7 “Everyman according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of a necessity; for the Lord loveth a cheerful giver.
Restitution is making amends for wrongs done against our fellow men, restoring stolen things to the rightful owners, paying debts, giving back where one has defrauded, making confessions to the offended and apologizing to those slandered so as to have a conscience void of offence towards God and man.
XXII Marriage is binding for life. Monogamy is the uniform teaching of the Bible. Polygamy is contrary to God's perfect will and institution. The Bible forbids a believer marrying an unbeliever. Also, under the New Testament dispensation, no one has a right to divorce and remarry while the first companion lives. When a person becomes converted, necessary restitution, on this line must be done without delay if he has married wrongly.
XXIII SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND DELIVERANCE
Spiritual Warfare and Deliverance
Supernatural Warfare and deliverance from all oppression of the devil is included in the atonement and readily available through prayer of faith of the believer. The Bible states that the Son of God was manifested to destroy the works of the devil and this includes sin, sickness and all forms of satanic oppression. Isaiah 53:3-6, Acts 10:38, 1 John 3:8, and Obadiah verse 17 does particularly indicate that deliverance is relevant for the enjoyment of the full benefits of our redemption rights in Christ Jesus.