This Friday the Ikeja axis of Lagos, home to the Believers LoveWorld Convocation Arena stood still again as people from all walks of life congregated at the expansive arena for the ongoing HLC series with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD.
As early as 1400 Hrs GMT, 2 hours clear from the start of the day’s program; buses conveying thousands of eager worshippers started arriving at the premises. It started as a trickle then suddenly it took the combined efforts of men of the Nigeria Police, the Mobile Police Unit (MOPOL), and scores of volunteers from the churches within the zones to maintain free flow of human and vehicular traffic.
Meanwhile the interior chamber of the auditorium had taken on a life of its own, boisterous if you like.
For the uninitiated, the unfolding spectacle could be seen as one of those Christian activities, until the meeting crystallized into a masterfully coordinated spiritual boot camp; totally supersonic yet totally divine.
The Praise and worship session was characterised by emotive displays of love and affection for the Monarch of the universe. The prayer session was steeped in profound intensity. With passion, excitement and charisma the assemblage responded to every ministration. It was simply the vintage Christ Embassy experience.
The Man of God, Pastor Chris stepped onto the platform at 19.00 Hrs GMT in his distinct style; bestrode the stage with the audacity of a king, dressed in a light cream suit with a blue tie spattered in sprinkles of gold, eyes set on the message for the hour, he looked totally resplendent in his apparel. As he stepped on the podium, the crowd exploded in extravagant cheers of their object of love. His message was delivered in classic oratory.
“You must program your own spirit for victory, for success and the glory life!” Pastor Chris announced to the congregation. He extolled the wonderful benefits of a life in Christ – being born again. But he cautioned that being born again was not the climax but the first step to a life of fulfilment. He challenged Christians to consciously build faith in their spirit through the Word of God and seize control of their finances, health and all that concerns them by speaking faith-filled words.
With these and many more inspiring words, the stage was set for a mighty harvest of souls into God’s kingdom.
The response to the call of salvation was humbling. The crowd of men and women, young and old, who assembled in front of the platform eager to be led to Christ, was phenomenal. They could easily form a mega-congregation. It was a resounding echo to the words in the Acts of the Apostles “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
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