Class of 2015 we are now graduates of Moody Bible Institute! For those of you who attend the Vesper’s service this is the written/updated version of what I shared then. However, I wanted to make sure everyone got the opportunity to hear how much I have enjoyed serving all of you the past four years.
In preparing to speak I thought back on the past four years and as I thought back I have truly loved serving all of you. Even if for most of you that just meant telling you how to avoid getting yet another fine. Seriously though what I love most about Moody is not the classes, people, events, or anything along those lines. (Though all of those things are phenomenal). As I sat down and reflected on my time here and all the great and stupid things I’ve done what came to me is I love how Moody represents the Church as a whole. Now that does not mean I’m proud of everything we do –but the same goes for the church.
1st Corinthians 12:12 says: “ For just as the body is one & has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ”. We are one in Christ now matter what ministry or ministry at all we are one in Christ. So now that we have left Moody I just wanted to remind you of that. Even if we disagree with different things about Moody and it’s community we are still one in Christ. We are all talented in different ways and taking our different paths but we are united through our ministry in Christ. Now before I start channeling my inner Dr. Johnson I better move on. You see for me as I look across this room I see the future leaders of the church. Whether you are in ministry or not the fact is you have a education from the best Bible college in the country. Be proud of that and I know that God brought all of us here for a reason and will use us to reach the lost and shape the future of the church. I cannot wait to see and hear how God uses all of us. That has been one of my favorite things the past four years is hearing what passions God gave each of you.
This semester I had the privilege to study in-depth the history of our founder and this school. Which even though I do not even like going to the library I found myself spending hours in the archives studying and reading about this school I attended. It renewed my passion for this When Moody founded the school as the Chicago Evangelization Society the written objective/purpose of the school was: “to educate, direct and maintain Christian workers, as Bible readers, teachers and evangelists; who shall teach the Gospel in Chicago and its suburbs, especially in neglected fields”. Over time Moody has expanded this goal and we are apart of that expansion. No matter what you do now as a graduate it is amazing to see how God uses us all to fulfill this goal.
Running the risk of being associated with Ohio let me encourage you proudly proclaim that you graduated from THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE. Take pride and what the Lord has let you accomplish and what He has in store for you now as graduates. I know I am honored to call myself apart of the class of 2015 and I hope you feel the same way.
As I closed on Friday I want to leave you with this charge from 2nd Timothy 4:1-5 “I charge you [You as graduates of the class of 2015] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry”.
God will use you if you let him. Remember what President Nyquist said that as we graduate from The Moody Bible Institute we are meant be leaders who serve. And the next time we are all gathered I look forward to hearing how God has used you.
Again I am honored to call myself one of you and it has been a pleasure to serve you. -Joe Mally