Saved by Christ to Serve in Christ
Written by Alan Lam, Moore College Student
Many people talk about the great community at Moore College. But what makes a great community?
Our society thinks that community is built by doing stuff together. So businesses have bridge climbing excursions, parties and sport competitions. If Moore was to do something similar then we could have things like knitting competitions, come up with a Moore anthem or even choreograph a College dance.
However, as good as these things would be, biblical community is created through another means. Ephesians tells us that:
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility (Ephesians 2:13-16).
Paul tells us that it is through the cross that we have community not only with fellow humans but more importantly with God. So the best way to create community is to focus on the salvation that Jesus brings. It is our salvation that brings us into an eternal and unbreakable community. Also, community is enhanced through a concentration on scripture, supplication and service. The scriptures defines this community and the proclamation of scripture defines its mission. Supplication unites this community in humble dependence on our Father. And serving helps us to focus on others rather than on ourselves and thus promotes community.
This was one of the reasons Moore Committees has been restructured and renamed to Moore Service Teams. Moore Service Teams is an important part of College. They help College to function by making sure that things like chapel, graduation and computers run smoothly. However, the essential part of Moore Service Teams is that it exists to serve others – thus the word service. Also, we have already been made a team through the cross and therefore now serve as a team – thus the word team. We pray that this will encapsulate the aim of what used to be Moore Committees more, give it a less formal vibe and be easier to pronounce (where Team is only one syllable compared with Committees which has three).
Moore Service Teams are not only helpful in promoting community but helps us live out our faith. The Christian has been saved to serve. So the best way to live out community, become who we are in Christ and benefit others is to serve rather than be served. We pray that Moore Teams is only the starting point of people serving others.
This vision has helped the Moore body focus and streamline their great yet limited resources on what is valuable – salvation, scripture, supplication and service.
So why is the community at Moore great? It is not because there are good looking, athletic, nice, fun, humorous and smart people. That’s all true of my friends, the faculty and the administration. But it is because we are united on the same mission – we have been saved by Christ to serve in Christ.
That is why things like prayer triplets, mission, chapel and Moore Teams are so important. It is not just about ticking the boxes, turning up to roll call or making sure things are functional. It is about becoming who we are in Christ. Only this will develop true, lasting, outward focused and eternity minded community. Please pray that this will not only be true for Moore Service Teams during our time at College but for the rest of our lives.