The Manna Bible Institute (MBI) has held a convocation to graduate students who have completed various levels of training and also matriculated new students into the institute.
The 21st Convocation of the MBI which was on the theme, “Press on towards the goal,” was designed to equip the students with the needed faith and enthusiasm to fight to achieve higher objectives in order to reflect the power of God.
Addressing the graduating class and matriculants on Saturday at Manna Mission Church, Teshie, the President of Manna Mission Incorporated, Rev. Dr. Seth Abloh, told of the need for churches to invest in bible training institutions as the surest way of maintaining biblical standards.
Rev. Dr. Abloh said, “Churches and personalities could fail but schools would endure because they are set to impart knowledge which would make them continue the Christian faith.”
Recounting some of the mistakes of the church, he indicated that, “God gave some apostles, some pastors and evangelists,the gift for the building and edification of the church, so that we would not be tossed to and fro, so if the church was doing that all the false prophesies would not happen.”
Rev. Dr. Abloh wondered why men of God today had big names, wore big robes, carried big swords with big titles to march, yet the power of God was not seen in the church with so many problems in the world which makes people wonder where God was.
He observed the money loving nature of some pastors by hinting that, “Now pastors go where they pay them salaries. Salary is witchcraft; it will control you. Instead of following your ministry you go where they can write your pay cheque, You must know God beyond salary.”
Dr. Sam Onwona, an Economist and Council Vice-Chairman, Scripture Union, Ghana, in a key note address, observed that people were twisting the gospel because they have had no encounter with God.
Dr. Onwona said that one could only witness about a person when one knew him or her and that a lot of the things people were preaching were hearsays which had been passed on, and any time it passed from one person to the other, it lost value.
He explained further that, “When the power of God is manifested through you and you are testifying and getting to know of his omnipotence; when the revelation knowledge of God is revealed to you, then you are beginning to enter into his omniscience, etc., then you are knowing him and would represent him well.”
He informed that a lot of people were going for signs and wonders and had left the one they needed to know ” so when they start speaking, you realize their words don’t dwell on the word of God.”
The Rector of Manna Bible Institute, Rev. Prof. Edwin Nmetteh Korley, recounted the success of MBI by saying, “Every church starts a bible school to train its pastors, but Manna Bible Institute has grown beyond training only our pastors. We’ve trained many ministers and our alumni are doing great exploits for the Lord.”
Rev. Prof. Korley hinted that the world today needed men and women of God who could change the spirituality of the world “and receiving training like this will have impact on their generation.”
MBI graduated eleven pastor-trainees and matriculated 16 students into their disciplines which included Biblical and Theological Studies, Religious and Christian Education, Pastoral and Christian Counseling, Mission and Inter-cultural Studies, and Christian Ministry.