College’s latest Graduates sent out at Graduation 2018
One of the most exciting activities of the year took place tonight in the City Recital Hall in Angel Place.
The Moore College Graduation is a wonderful evening that celebrates the successful completion of studies and the commencement of ministries right around the world. Graduates and their families came together, along with current students of the College, staff, Faculty and members of the Governing Board, to rejoice in the chief work of the College, which is the preparation of men and women for gospel ministry in a diverse range of contexts. There was, as always, a festive atmosphere, filled with rich thanksgiving to God.
Around 600 people gathered, as 105 graduates received their awards. Through interviews and videos, and the announcement of ministry destinations for each graduate, the depth and breadth of the work of the College was made clear to all. This year graduates left us to serve the gospel of Christ in England, New Zealand, Taiwan and New Caledonia, as well as rural Australia and across the city of Sydney.
One of the highlights of the evening was the Graduation Address by former Principal and former Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen. In his address, Dr Jensen reminded all present “that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for this world and the next, and the privilege of sharing this message is to be our life-time passion”.
He particularly spoke to the parents of the graduates, to explain why their children had been “studying God”.
“You will be changed by the study of God. … We are getting to know God. We are relating to him, on his own terms. … And this is not something to be undertaken lightly.”
Dr Jensen gave this charge to the Graduates, “Well, you may have done four years study, or now have the MA or the MTh. Whatever you have done, your family and friends have every right to be proud of a very, very considerable achievement.”
“But let me remind you: it will all have been wasted if you are not prepared to tell the world this great truth: ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’.”
Another highlight was a series of short videos gathered around the theme of ‘Jesus, the main thing’ with a selection from past Graduations. You can watch these videos here.
Dr Mark Thompson, the College Principal, spoke of why Graduation is such a special occasion in the College year. “We not only get to congratulate those who have studied with us, but we get to delight at what the Lord is doing with them now that they’ve left us”, he said. “It is thrilling to see our graduates going out into all the world with the life-giving message of the gospel. I can’t wait till next year.”
We welcome your prayers for our latest graduating students as they venture out into all the world with the saving word of the gospel. Please join us in praying that their training at Moore College will have equipped these men and women to serve our Lord faithfully and proclaim His name fearlessly all their days.