Bible Training Institute will graduate 13 students on Saturday during the Heritage Day celebration at The Church of God, Zion Hill, on Tillie Road.
There were 77 students in attendance at the 2014 session, which included three terms and the pastoral development class.
On Wednesday, the BTI students and staff participated in Communion and Feet-washing service. The service was open to all Christians who wanted to attend and take part. Tennessee State Overseer James Cox, principal, was in charge.
Dustin Hays, the general youth coordinator, was the Communion speaker. He referred to Exodus 12:14 (KJV) as he stressed the “faith and obedience” aspect of the occasion — the deliverance of the Israelites from bondage. He said it was not the fact they were Israelites that they received deliverance, but “it was the blood that kept them from death.” He added, “Under grace, Communion does not remove sins, but to remember we have been set free — it’s important to remember Calvary.” He said Christ admonished the disciples to remember — “This do in remembrance of Me.”
Hays said Communion is not something to be taken lightly — “... not do it with a relaxed attitude, but keep the feast in honor of His death.” He concluded, “Don’t forget the price He paid.”
Terry Tyler spoke on the subject of biblical feet washing with Scripture taken from John 13 (KJV). “It is an honor to be obedient in the things He asked us to do,” he said. He stressed the “spirit of it” and not the mechanics, as he spoke of Christ’s loving His own until the end. The ordinance of feet washing, he explained, “reveals His desire for us to be clean and the observance of this as Christ did, is an encouragement for one another.” Jesus, he continued, gave us an example of serving one another — “this is the Spirit of Christ.”
A baptismal service was held Thursday afternoon.
Today will be the last day of classes and the last night in service before the graduation ceremony. Allene Cox of Cleveland will be the Friday evening speaker. Her topic will be “Teach Me to Do Thy Will” (Psalm 143:19 KJV). The program begins at 7 p.m.
Dewayne Smith will give the commencement address titled “Now is the Time of the Vision.” The graduation ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The next event for The Church of God will be held in Cleveland will be the Tennessee State Convention on July 18 through 20.