Soul winning is something that is important to Christians and in order to be able to win souls, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome implores us all to understand the Gospel so it can be explained to lead souls to salvation. For the past 20 years, Christ Embassy has had a daily devotional called ‘Rhapsody of Realities’ in print to help share and spread the true message of the Gospel.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome teaches us that we must understand the Gospel and be sure that it’s the true path for all of humanity. In a ‘Rhapsody’ he says, “Your personal understanding of the Gospel is very important because your life would reflect “your gospel.” Your gospel is your perception of what Christ came to do, and the import, impact, and relevance of that in your personal life; that’s what will form your message. So, if you don’t fully understand the true Gospel of Christ, you’ll preach the wrong message.”
Preaching or explaining the Gospel
Pastor Chris makes it clear that there’s a difference between preaching the gospel and explaining it. Preaching is announcing the messages in the Bible. There is a real skill in explaining these announcements or benefits that we get when we accept Christ in our lives. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus instructed us to ‘teach all nations.’ When we explain the Gospel, we help all the nations understand and live through Christ’s message.
You can’t explain the Gospel if you don’t understand it. There’s a difference between preaching the Gospel and explaining the Gospel. When we preach the Gospel, we tell people what Jesus came to do which was to “give us liberty from sin, disease, infirmity, darkness, death and the devil.” Through this, we will get to know about the “blessings, inheritance, righteousness, healing and all that Christ has made available.”
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has gone into great detail to make us understand that precious message. He has taught us that, “there’s no other way to the Father, except Jesus Christ. In recalling John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me,” we learn that this is absolute reality, and it should underpin your thoughts, speech, and outlook on life.
Say this confession to affirm your outlook
“Blessed Savior, my life is for your glory, and I live for the cause of the Gospel, passionately seeking the expansion of your Kingdom, and the establishment of your righteousness in the hearts of men. I’m amongst those strengthening others for the work of the ministry, building the faith of others to become more effective in doing God’s work. Therefore, I experience eternal joy and fulfillment. Hallelujah!”
Lead them into salvation
Pastor Chris goes on to say that even though we may preach and explain the gospel we may not lead them to salvation. He explains that “you’ve got to give them an opportunity to come into Christ. You do this by helping them in the confession of the lordship of Jesus.” Salvation is given when they have made confession with their own mouths.
We can understand the confession as it derived from a passage in Romans 10:9-10,“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. When you explain the Gospel, you’ve got to give the hearers an opportunity to come into Christ; you must lead them into salvation. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome explains that this “the essence of your evangelism,” you lead them in the confession of the Lordship of Jesus.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome reaffirms the ideas that” when one believes in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, the righteousness of God is imparted into that individual, but he is only catapulted into salvation upon the confession of the Lordship of Jesus.”
Recite the Prayer of Salvation as written by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
“O Lord God, I believe with all my heart in Jesus Christ, Son of the living God. I believe He died for me and God raised Him from the dead. I believe He’s alive today. I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life from this day. Through Him and in His Name, I have eternal life; I’m born again. Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul! I’m now a child of God. Hallelujah!”