Saturday Course Lectures to Resume on Saturday 16 September

The popular ETS Saturday Courses will resume on Saturday 16th September with lecturers Ben Castaneda, Zachary Purvis and Iver Martin.

The popular ETS Saturday Courses will resume on Saturday, 16th September.

How do the Saturday Courses work?
One Saturday a month, from September through to April, three lectures are delivered by visiting speakers. These lectures, which are also available to access online, are specially designed to stretch the Christian mind and deepen an understanding of God’s word. The course content covers Biblical Studies, Practical Theology, Christian Discipleship and Christian Doctrine.

Who is the Saturday Course for?
The Saturday Courses, which may be completed with or without essays, are of great benefit to anyone who has a longing to dig deeper into the gospel. 

No prior qualifications are necessary – everyone is welcome.

The following awards are available in these courses:

  • Certificate in Theology: To qualify for a Certificate in Theology, the student is required to submit six essays (normally up to three essays each year).
  • Diploma in Christian Studies: This is a further course for those who have already gained their Certificate in Theology. To qualify for the Diploma in Christian Studies, the student is required to submit a further six essays (normally up to three essays each year).

When will the lectures take place?

In 2023/2024, the lectures will be delivered one Saturday a month on the following dates:

2023: 16 September, 7 October, 4 November, 9 December
2024: 13 January, 10 February, 16 March, 20 April

The lectures will be delivered from the Chalmers Hall at ETS from 10am to 3.15pm.

Classes at venues other than Edinburgh and Stornoway will make their own arrangements for meeting.

Here are details of the lectures taking place in 2023-24:

Biblical Studies:
Interpreting Scripture: How to Read, Understand, and Apply the Bible
Lecturer: Ben Castaneda

Christians are people of the Book. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are ‘living and active’ (Heb 4:12), able to make us ‘wise unto salvation’ (2 Tim 3:15), and teach us ‘what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man’ (WSC 3). As a result, nothing matters more than knowing how to read the Bible well. Becoming a better interpreter of Scripture will not only help our personal Bible study, but will also benefit our small groups and churches as we grow in our ability to build up one another with the Word.

Christian Doctrine:
Bored at Church? What Happens When God Calls His People to Worship
Lecturer: Zachary Purvis

Why are we bored at church? Do we get out of it what we put in? Do we have to settle for either dull routine or perpetual innovation? This lecture series examine biblical and theological foundations of worship to better understand who we are, what happens when we gather together, and how God draws us in as participants in the drama of redemption.

Church History:
“Dour Presbyterians?” What you need to know about the church in Scotland
Lecturer: Iver Martin

The church in Scotland has a particularly fascinating history involving equally fascinating people. Who was John Knox and why was the Reformation in Scotland so momentous? How did the fledgling Protestant church develop? What were the influences and who were the people that shaped the church, creating what we know as Scottish Presbyterianism? Who were the Covenanters and how do we best understand the conflict that cost so many their lives? Who were the missionaries sent to other countries in the 18th century? What was the Disruption in 1843 all about? Why are there so many denominations in Scotland today? 

This course will trace the history of the church from the Reformation up to the present time. We’ll explore the various events, people and issues that make the Scottish church what it is today.

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