Dr. David Gambo, assistant professor of Christian ministry and Reverend A. E. and Dora Hughes Chair of Christian Ministry, delivered the fall chapel theme interpretation message Wednesday, Sept. 5. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.
Gambo introduced the chapel theme for the academic year titled, “Fully Devoted to Christ: What Could God do with One Completely Yielded Soul?” He focused his teaching on John the Baptist and his life-long devotion to The Lord. Just as John the Baptist was fully devoted to Christ, OBU students will focus on this theme in their own lives during chapel services this year.
Gambo challenged students by discussing John the Baptist’s life and his lack of a formal education.
“John was not a scholar, he had no learning, no Ph.D.,” Gambo said. “John gained his authority because he was fully devoted to the cause of Jesus Christ.”
He stressed to students that John’s dedication to Christ is the reason he was used by God. He wanted the students to understand that there is a difference between a partial and total surrender. Not everyone liked John or appreciated him, and Gambo cautioned students that if they were also fully surrendered, not everyone would like them, either. He encouraged students to recognize that this practice would allow them to continually share the gospel.
“What does it mean to be devoted to Christ?” Gambo said. “It means to have your entire life revolving around Christ.”
Gambo earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Jos in Nigeria. He later earned both a Master of Divinity in preaching and biblical languages as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in preaching and pastoral ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He spent several years serving in Nigeria as both an instructor and minister. Before coming to Bison Hill, he served as associate pastor at the First African Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas; as the church planting resident at Omni Fellowship in Cedar Hill, Texas; and as an adjunct professor of homiletics at Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written two books, both focusing on Christian discipleship.
To view this or other chapel messages at OBU, visit www.okbu.edu/student-life/spiritual-life/chapel-messages.