Now is the time to sign up for the Saturday Courses at Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS), which resume this Saturday!
Who are the courses for?
At ETS, we believe that theology should be accessible. These popular part-time Saturday courses are designed specifically for the ordinary church member, male and female - anyone who has a longing to explore the gospel further. No prior qualifications at all are necessary.
With a variety of interesting lecture topics being delivered once a month, the Saturday Courses are an excellent way of gaining more than would normally be offered in church on Sunday whilst being less demanding than a full-time theological course.
Lectures can be accessed online, so it is possible to complete the courses at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home.
Unfortunately, due to social distancing restrictions, it will not be possible to attend the lectures in person this year (which is the best way to do the courses!). Instead, we will be livestreaming the lectures, and so it will still be possible to meet together and interactively take part in the lectures online. We are hopeful that we might be able to meet face to face next year.
Lectures in 2020/2021
Over the coming year, there will be three series of eight lectures:
Biblical Studies with Will Traub
Shadows and Reality: Old Testament Themes shaping New Testament Worship
The Book of Hebrews calls us to enter the Holy of Holies, where Christ, our Faithful High Priest stands, leading us in worship, pleading before the Father on the basis of His finished sacrifice. That worship begins NOW, in this life, as every aspect of our lives is turned into an act of thankful praise and worship. But, why does he mention angels, Moses, Joshua, rest, Aaron, Melchizedek, High Priests, the Covenant, sacrifices, the Heavenly Sanctuary, Sinai and Mt. Zion? These questions raise the larger, and often perplexing issue for Christians today, namely the relationship between the Old and the New Testaments. What bearing does the Old Testament have on our worship and how we live as Christians today? This course will help you understand the relationship between the Old and New Testaments as we look at various Biblical-Theological Themes in the Book of Hebrews.
Practical Theology with John Angus Macleod
Why You’ll Never Walk Alone: Exploring Church Membership
Becoming a Christian is the beginning of an amazing adventure. A huge part of that new journey is coming to find your place in the church of Jesus Christ where you need never walk alone. We will explore what it means to share your faith with other Christians. We will open up some of the great things you can expect from your church, and what the church expects from you. This will help you take up the God-given opportunity to shape the lives of your fellow Christians as together we reach out to a world ready for the gospel.
Christian Doctrine with Nick Mackison
One of the Boys or One of a Kind? Why the God of the Bible is Nothing Like Us
Experimentation in worship forms is, in large part, an answer to the question ‘How can we make worship less boring?’ Yet, how we worship is of little consequence if we cannot accurately define the ‘what’ or, indeed, the ‘whom’ to which our worship is directed. All too often, modern evangelical statements on the nature and character of God have deviated wildly from those assumed by past generations of believers. If you find theology and worship boring, maybe it’s because you worship a boring God. This set of lectures (part of the Theology in Thimbles series) will present the case for recapturing the attributes of God as an antidote to stale, lifeless worship that misses the wood for the teakwood guitar!
We hope that you will take the opportunity to benefit from these thoroughly biblical lectures, designed for Christians who want to grow in faith and understanding.
Sign up here: https://portal.ets.ac.uk/form/view/saturday