In his recent thank you video to those who’ve financially supported the College over the last 12 months [below], Chairman of the Moore College Foundation Dr Peter Jensen commented on the critical significance of theological colleges to the strength of denominations and dioceses around the world. He likened theological colleges to the Suez Canal, stating that just like the Canal, “when colleges fall over and start teaching things that aren’t really God’s word, in the next generations… things go badly wrong”.
And I hope that this is what strikes you as you read through the articles in this edition of Moore Matters Spring 2021. Theological education has such a significant place in the evangelistic endeavours of Christians across the globe, as well as the guarding of reformed doctrine as articulated to us in Holy Scripture.
As you read of the role that theological education has played in the Sydney Anglican Diocese, the Church Missionary Society (CMS), the GAFCON network, and in other places abroad, I hope you are also able to see the value of your support to a theological college like Moore College. As an institution, under God, the College is poised to increasingly positively influence the teaching and guarding of the gospel in Sydney, Australia, and across the world. Partly, the College does this through providing an excellent evangelical theological education to equip clergy and lay people alike to serve the Lord in any context. It is thanks to our merciful Lord, who continues to raise up workers for the ripe harvest field, that some of those He has raised are brought to us to be equipped for gospel service in many and varied ways.
However, the College is also in a position to build lasting partnerships through sharing resources with other institutions, as demonstrated through the work of our Centre for Global Mission (CGM). It is a great kindness of God that the work of the faculty over the history of the College in producing material like that used in the Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC) is being used in English and translated into other languages to equip men and women to teach Scripture faithfully. In these ways and many more, the fruit of the College’s work shows itself in the influence of our graduates’ teaching in key institutions, involved in various mission organisations, pastoring God’s people in numerous locations across the globe, and standing for Christ in challenging situations.
I do hope you can see why the College is so thankful for your support through prayer, advocacy, and financial giving. The truth is that theological education is so precious because our great God and Saviour is so precious, and because the work of the Lord is the spreading of the glory of Christ, which as our Principal has articulated, begins with knowing God. This means that your support of the College is support of the Lord’s work, that goes far beyond the immediate operational needs of our College.
In fact, I was recently reading through Revelation 5 and was amazed at just how glorious the gospel of Christ really is to all created things. As the apostle John describes in his vision while on Patmos, the proclamation of the mighty angel comes forth: “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” (Rev 5:2). John’s response is abject weeping, as there is no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth who is able to look at the scroll, let alone open it. Yet, in the midst of that hopelessness, where none created can do the salvation work necessary, there comes the majesty of the Messiah—the Lion from the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David! What no one else could get close to doing, this Lamb is able to do. He brings salvation to God’s people as his slaughter makes him worthy. As a result, the song that was sung in heaven to the One seated on the throne in Revelation 4 now envelops the Lamb, as all created things sing aloud together:
Blessing and honour and glory and dominion
to the One seated on the throne,
and to the Lamb, forever and ever! (Rev 5:13)
Is there anything more glorious or worthy of proclamation to the ends of the earth than the salvation that comes from the Lamb?
One of the ways in which you can continue to support Moore College to, under God, strategically impact the work of the gospel around the world is by growing the Moore College endowment. The generosity of gospel hearted servants throughout the 167 years that the College has been in operation has ensured that the work of theological education has been sustained. As Dr Glenn Davies alluded to in his article, Moore College began as the result of a gift in a will. When Thomas Moore passed away in 1840, he gifted a large portion of his estate to the establishment of a theological college in Sydney. And since then, along with the generous regular giving of men and women like you, gifts in wills are a significant element in funding the ministry of the College. This has included the John Chapman Preaching Initiative, the translation of Bible courses into various languages for use around the world, the funding of library and IT resources to provide high quality resources for students to learn, and the investment into buildings that foster theological learning in the context of community and Christian fellowship.
Could I ask you to prayerfully consider whether you might contribute to the work of the College through an investment in theological education? Would you consider leaving a gift in your will to Moore Theological College, helping us to ensure the stability of this College in directing theological education in Sydney and beyond for years to come? For a confidential discussion about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me on +61 428 196 064 or email me to arrange a meeting in person (travel and other restrictions allowing) or on Zoom via Foundation@moore.edu.au.
Finally, could I ask you to please pray for the work of the College? Pray that the leadership of the College would steward well the resources that have been provided by our Lord to keep promoting the cause of the gospel through theological education. Please also pray that the Lord would continue to raise up more workers for the ripe harvest field, and bring many to College to be equipped and sent out.
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