I hope that as you have read through this Summer edition of Moore Matters, your heart has been filled with gladness at the centrality of the gospel to the core things of the College. From the gospel foundation of the College as an institution, to the spirit of partnership with other reformed evangelical institutions around the world, and even the gospel-centered ministries exercised by our alumni, it is so encouraging to hear that Moore College is first and foremost championing the gospel.
Of course, this gospel heart is very much the focus of the Foundation as well, as we aim to foster partnerships in order to ensure the sustainable future of excellent evangelical theological education, for the purpose of glorifying God through the graduates we equip. The partnerships we aim to build in the Foundation are those that centre on prayer, advocacy, and financial giving, and I hope you can see that this imitates, at least in some ways, the heart of gospel partnership that Paul intimates in his letter to the church in Philippi.
The apostle begins his letter with a beautiful statement that encapsulates his thanksgiving to God because of the partnerships he has in the work of the gospel. He prays that those with whom he is in partnership will continue to walk with God until our Lord Jesus returns:
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil 1:3-6)
This paints a wonderful picture of the mutuality of gospel partnership, and is the sort of thing we at the Foundation want to continue to prayerfully develop. Even in 2021, a year marred by the pandemic, the gospel partnership between the College and all of you as our supporters has been a real encouragement to me. Only last month, I received an email enquiring as to whether our November prayer points would be uploaded—their release had been delayed by a few hours! What a picture—faithful prayers waiting eagerly for the release of monthly prayer points, so that they might commit the vital work of our College to the Lord in prayer.
This is to say nothing of the cheerful giving of our generous financial supporters. Of special encouragement over the year has been our Student Support Fund (SSF). The fund was created to help students to be financially supported during their time at College instead of relying solely on scholarships, paid work, FEE-Help, and other government assistance. The SSF allows students to rightly focus on their studies and dig deeply into the riches of Scripture and the expression of its truths across the ages.
Martin Fong, going into his third year of the Bachelor of Divinity, remarks:
The great privilege of being supported through the SSF is that I can spend more time on what I came to college for. The SSF eases financial pressure and therefore allows me to concentrate more effectively on studying God’s word, growing as a Christian, and serving God and his people. I’m very thankful for the generous supporters who give to the SSF, the College in managing the fund, and our great God who works all things for the good of those who love him.
Along with helping students to gain support, this program also helps to nurture skills in fundraising, partnership, and communication—invaluable skills for many ministry roles in Sydney, around Australia, and across the globe. Of course, some of these skills are learned with apprenticeship programs, but the ongoing development of relationships with supporters helps students hone skills for a lifetime of ministry. On top of this, it also helps students to look to the bigger picture of gospel partnership that occurs amongst God’s people.
Merryn Wilson, graduating student of the Advanced Diploma, says this about her time as a SSF member:
The support I received from the Foundation team made a massive difference in my fundraising for college. I was reminded my being trained up for ministry was not all about me but that it’s a worthwhile investment for the Kingdom. I was given practical tips that helped me fundraise for my expenses with confidence and clarity. Taking part in the SSF, I was glad to know my fundraising efforts were also a means of blessing other students at college.
This sentiment is reiterated by Ross and Lilian Ireland. Ross is moving into his second year of the Moore College Bachelor of Divinity, and as a family, they have also found the SSF immensely helpful:
We are thankful for the way in which the SSF has helped us be able to have brothers and sisters in Christ partner with us during our time being equipped for gospel ministry. It’s a joy and privilege to be freed up to focus our time and energy on our studies.
In his great mercy, the Lord has continued to be kind to us as a College, in providing another large cohort of students for 2022. May I ask you to prayerfully consider how you might partner in the work of the gospel, through an investment in these students? Would you please consider giving to our SSF and our Scholarships Fund, so that our students can concentrate on a deep and broad immersion in Scripture in their time at College?
Finally, please pray for the College—that we would continue to support our students through providing a sustainable theological education, and that the Lord would continue to stir the hearts of men and women to consider how a theological education might equip them to go out and serve our Lord Jesus in a world desperately in need of the stability and love that Jesus brings.
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