Rhema USA Graduates 46th Class
On Friday, July 17, 2020, 251 graduates arrayed in red and black caps and gowns marched triumphantly into the Rhema Bible Church Auditorium, bringing a celebratory end to an unusual year.
RBTC President Kenneth W. Hagin branded Rhema’s 46th graduating class “The Class of Remembrance” because many firsts marked them. In addition to being the first class to graduate in the RBC Auditorium, it was also the first time Rhema’s commencement was held in July.
In another first, the coronavirus pandemic required classes to be held online for the entire third and fourth terms. The Class of 2020 completed their training virtually! And the ceremony was livestreamed for the first time on the RhemaUSA YouTube channel.
The night represented a culmination of sacrifice, faithfulness, effort, and determination. The graduates now join over 88,000 alumni in faithfully carrying the light they have received to the world.
Tad Gregurich, Dean of Rhema Bible Training College, exhorted, “Tomorrow, they will go forth to reach a generation. Not in their strength or wisdom but in the might and power of the Holy Spirit, relying on the Greater One Who indwells them. Get ready world; the unstoppable ones are coming!” The moniker was an encouraging reminder of the graduates’ perseverance during a time of adversity and uncertainty. “If this [pandemic] didn’t stop you, there’s nothing left to stop you,” concluded Dean Tad to a rousing round of applause.
Rev. Bracken Christian—pastor of Harvest Church in Lubbock, Texas, and a 1992 RBTC graduate—delivered the commencement address. Rev. Christian challenged the graduates to walk on the waters of the supernatural.
Step Out on the Water
In preparing this message, I asked the Lord, “What does this graduating class need to hear from your Spirit?” Here’s what kept coming up inside me, “Come on and walk on the water with Me. You will not fail.”
Do you have the courage to step out?
You are going prepared, and you have the spirit of faith on the inside. You have a call and a connection with the Holy Spirit you cannot deny. You have something that the world can’t get away from—His Name is Jesus.
Can God use you? Yes, He can! The nations are hungering for the simple truth of Jesus Christ. The harvest is massive, and the Body of Christ needs trained laborers—and that is all of you!
Ephesians 2:10 (AMPC) says, “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”
Another word for handiwork is “masterpiece.” The Greek word for masterpiece is poiema and means “poem.” You are God’s poem. Every poem contains a message. God saved you and wants you to follow His plan—a plan that makes your life meaningful. But it will require faith to walk on the water of your destiny. You may not understand every step but just follow God.
Knowing the Holy Spirit and yielding to Him is a beautiful thing. When you obey God and go where He leads you, you don’t know yet about the connections and provision He has prepared for you down the road. One day you will find yourself in that place and wonder how it happened. It all comes together as you walk by faith.
The Holy Spirit not only wants to lead you in ministry, He is also interested in everything you do. Cultivate a relationship with Him where He can initiate things in your life. He will tell you things you would have never thought to ask for.
Who’s ready to step out on the waters of God’s best? Walk out your miracle. Faith chooses to trust. You may not understand everything, but the Lord will make you stand.
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