119 Graduates sent out Into All The World at Moore’s Graduation 2017
119 graduates were given their awards from the College at the Graduation held at City Recital Hall, Angel Place this evening. Hundreds of guests who were family and friends of the graduates, along with current students, faculty, staff and friends of the College came to celebrate this special occasion together.
Moore Principal Dr Mark Thompson reflected on the occasion of Graduation 2017. “I look forward to this day each year because it reminds us of what Moore College is all about — preparing people to take the gospel of the risen Lord Jesus Christ to this city, this country and around the world.”
“Of course we want to welcome the graduating students themselves. Each one of you has been an important part of our fellowship during your time with us. We are glad you have taken the time to come back and celebrate with your classmates and with the College community. We are immensely proud of each one of you and thankful for what you’ve learned and what you’ve taught us during your time at Moore. And I hope that is only the first of many times you will return to your college and share with us” Dr Thompson said.
Dr Thompson continued, “We have a great deal to celebrate and a great for which to thank our kind and generous Heavenly Father who has brought each one of our graduands to this point. Many of us often pray, as Jesus taught us, that the Lord might raise up labourers for his harvest field — gospel workers who are properly equipped to care for God’s people and to reach those who have not yet heard the wonderful message of the gospel. And in a long procession an answer to those prayers will be seen tonight. God is taking his gospel to the world and he is enthusing and equipping and preparing men and women like these to do just that.”
The Archbishop of Sydney The Most Reverend Dr Glenn Davies presided over graduation as the President of the College’s Governing Board and gave the graduands their awards. The 118 graduates consisted of 98 Undergraduates receiving Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology, Diploma of Bible and Missions, Diploma of Bible and Ministry, Diploma of Theological Studies and Associate Degree of Theology awards; and 20 Postgraduates receiving Graduate Certificate in Theology, Master of Arts (Theology) and Master of Theology awards.
The ceremony included a series of uplifting and encouraging videos recorded with a selected group of 2017 graduates who spoke about what brought them to college, what they learned, what community was like and about their post college ministry. Watch these videos here.
The guest speaker, Dr Richard Gibson, Principal and CEO of Brisbane School of Theology, gave a stirring occasional address from Luke 24:44-49. Dr Gibson started his address by stating that this year’s Graduation was a delightful, unexpected reunion for him, “When I received Mark Thompson’s kind invitation to speak at this graduation, I was taken aback by the honour. When I realised this was the graduation service for many of the students in the last classes I taught at Moore College, I was deeply moved by the thoughtfulness.”
He then took the graduates and guests to another unexpected reunion – the reunion between Jesus and his followers on the day he rose from the dead. At the reunion Jesus taught them to understand the Bible and described the three necessities governing his life and mission in the world – that he had to die, he had to rise, and repentance and forgiveness had to be preached, “…This is the gospel we preach. This is the gospel these people graduating preach. But the relevance of Jesus’ words goes much deeper than the aptness to the topic I was asked to preach on. These words of Jesus tell you so much about these people graduating tonight: their motivations, their aspirations, their dreams, even their studies.”
Dr Gibson ended his speech by encouraging the graduates to look forward to the great reunion Jesus is planning, even though they may be heading towards different places for the sake of the gospel, “This gospel will take these people to all kinds of places and keep them busy. They will be scattered, for the sake of this gospel, the nations, and for the sake of the name of Jesus. They know they will be reunited in the great reunion Jesus is planning, when he gathers his scattered people together. In the meantime, reunions like this are a precious foretaste of that great day.”
Please continue to pray for our graduates as they go out into all the world to serve.
- Download the Graduation Program with a full list of graduating students
- Read Dr Thompson’s full Graduation 2017 Principal’s Welcome Address & Introduction to Guest Speaker