Olivet Leadership Institute program participants joining for a two week session in June in Dover, NY were urged to be teachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ who not only have knowledge and understanding, but true faith in the living word of God.
The program, which began in the first week of June, aims to help each student be well equipped to take on various roles in the mission field at the local level and wherever God may lead them. Participants include selected church members in the Olivet Assembly North America region.
WOA General Secretary Pastor Mark Spisak gave an opening service sermon which drew from Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6:6. Below is a brief summary of the message.
"In Galatians 2:20 its says I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me," he said.
"This verse in Galatians is a personal truth that he identifies as being crucified together with Christ. His old self is dead and the new life lives in the light of the gospel that has called him."
He urged them to know Jesus' sacrifice for each of them and share that through teaching to others.
"Unless we know that Jesus shed his blood for me, then it does not become a personal truth," he said. "We need to be deeply involved and step into the grace that is found in Christ Jesus. We should have a desire to be deeply qualified to teach others and to be equipped to teach."
He called on them to recognize that there may be hardships that come with the responsibility and position as teachers.
"Only when we are filled with grace can we go until the end," he exhorted them.