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The Foundation Course

This has been run as a 2-year course, comprising 3 modules each year.

Each session of the 6 modules is now available on-line

They can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Teaching videos’ tab and then on the relevant module.


Year 1 modules

Module 1

Bible Overview

The 9-week module gives an overview of the whole Bible, explains the big story behind the 66 books, and shows how each books fits into ‘salvation history’ – all with contemporary application!

Teacher: Jeremy McQuoid

1. Introduction. Genesis and Exodus

2. Leviticus – Deuteronomy

3. The historical books. Joshua-2 Samuel

4. Kings and prophets

5. The 4 major prophets (Isaiah-Daniel)

6. The 12 minor prophets (Hosea-Malachi)

7. The Gospels and Acts

8. Paul’s letters

9. The ‘general’ letters and Revelation

Module 2

Bible Handling

Knowing how to handle the Bible is an important skill to learn; this 7-part module identifies the different ‘genres’ in the Bible and shows you how each different ‘genre’ should be handled.

Teacher: Duncan Ryan

1. What is the Bible?

2. Context

3. The Letters

4. Old Testament narrative

5. The gospels

6. The prophets

7. The psalms

Module 3

Romans

This module works through the text of Paul’s letter to the Romans in 9 sessions, and in so doing provides you with a great key to understanding the message of the whole Bible.

Teacher: Jerry Middleton

1. Introduction

2. Gospel (Rom.1.1-17)

3. Grace (Rom.1.18-3.26)

4. Faith (Rom.3.27-5.21)

5. Sin (Rom.6.1-7.25)

6. Freedom (Rom.8.1-39)

7. Glory (Rom.9.1-11.36)

8. Love (Rom.12.1-15.7)

9. Ministry (Rom.15.8-16.27)


Year 1 ‘mini-modules’

These mini-modules were an optional ‘extra’ and do not constitute a formal part of the Foundation Course. They were geared towards developing skills in particular spheres of ministry. Because of the rather more specialised and interactive nature of these mini-modules, they are regrettably not available on-line.

Preaching

Jeremy McQuoid

This module shows how to put together an expository sermon from start to finish. Numbers are restricted to a maximum of c.10 who have approval from their church leadership.  No past experience is needed, but participants will prepare and deliver a sermon and be critiqued!

1. Preaching (1)

2. Preaching (2)

3. Preaching (3)

Making disciples

Duncan Ryan

This module looks at the biblical perspective on making disciples, shows how it is not a specialist calling, but one that every Christian is called to, and is to be active in, and will equip you to bring the gospel to bear on people’s lives so that they might follow Jesus better.

1. The great commission

2. Walking with others

3. Biblical counselling

Leadership

Jerry Middleton

Using Nehemiah as an example, this module works through what good leadership looks like (in the home, in a team, or in the life of your local church), and will help those involved see how such leadership is best cultivated, sustained and safeguarded.

1. Establishing clear vocational aims

2. Creating strong relational ties

3. Showing true incarnational traits



Year 2 modules

Module 4

Reformation Theology

This 7-week module walks you through the major themes which the Reformers sought to address, shows why they are so crucial, and explains both how they were handled then and why they still matter today.

Teacher: Duncan Ryan

1. Authority

2. The human condition

3. Justification

4. Union with Christ

5. The Holy Spirit

6. The church

7. The Christian life

Module 5

Luke/discipleship

Luke’s is the longest of the four gospel records. The 7-part module covers the whole of this carefully structured book, and each session ends with an application of its message to our living as disciples of Jesus today.

Teacher: Jerry Middleton

1. The Man (Lk.1.1-3.38)

2. The Manifesto (Lk.4.1-6.49

3. The Miracles (Lk.7.1-9.50)

4. The Mission (Lk.9.51-13.30)

5. The Ministry (Lk.13.31-19.27)

6. The Message (Lk.19.28-21.38)

7. The Messiah (Lk.22.1-24.53)

Module 6

Church History

This module works through the story of the church in 8 sessions. Far from being a list of dates, each session shows the issues the church has faced down the years, and how these apply to ourselves today.

Teacher: Jeremy McQuoid

1. An introduction to Church History

2. The age of ‘catholic’ Christianity

3. The age of the Christian Roman Empire

4. The Christian Middle Ages

5. The age of the Reformation

6. The age of reason and revival

7. The age of progress

8. The age of ideologies & global expansion


Year 2 ‘mini-modules’

These mini-modules were an optional ‘extra’ and do not constitute a formal part of the Foundation Course. They were geared towards developing skills in particular spheres of ministry. Because of the rather more specialised and interactive nature of these mini-modules, they are regrettably not available on-line.

Preaching (2)

Jeremy McQuoid

The sequel to last year’s preaching module, you’ll learn how to put together a biblical sermon from start to finish. It shows how to find the big idea of a passage, how to explain, prove and apply a text, how to pull the whole thing together – and then each person preaches!

1. Preaching (1)

2. Preaching (2)

3. Preaching (3)

Walking with Jesus every day

Duncan Ryan

This module help you think through what it means to have a life of devotion to Jesus Christ, by looking at the biblical principles, considering the aims of that ‘devotional life’, and working through practical steps you can take to help you seek and know the Lord better day-by-day.

1. Hearing God speak

2. Responding with our lips

3. Responding with our lives

Reading the Bible in public

Jerry Middleton

Entitled simply ‘Life as a movie soundtrack’, this mini-module helps you (a) to understand the huge significance of reading the Bible in public worship, (b) to identify the necessary skills required for this task, and (c) to develop an increasing competence in fulfilling this task.

1. The Mission. Basic principles and key issues

2. The Sound of Music. The necessary practical skills

3. Training Day. Putting theory into practice.


Year3 programme

NESGT aims always both to equip God’s people for effective and fruitful service, and to raise up the next generation of leaders in Christ’s church. The Year3 programme is akin to a ‘finishing school’.

The Year3 programme has 3 main components – a teaching module, run along similar lines to the Foundation Course modules: three ‘study blocks’, where participants are required to read through set books and then join together for a concluding seminar; and three half-day conferences, at which the issues studied in the ‘study blocks’ are consolidated. As with the Foundation Course itself each part of the Year3 programme is available on-line.


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Teaching module

Wisdom Literature

Majoring on the book of Ecclesiastes, but with sessions on Job, Proverbs and the Song of Songs, this 7-part module looks at the basic issues which every generation has to address.

Teacher: David Gibson

1. Wisdom

2. Perspective

3. Time

4. Death

5. Life

6. Desire

7. Mystery

Study Blocks’

(1) The authority of Holy Scripture

In a ‘post-truth’ day it’s more important than ever that Christians have some real clarity as to the absolute authority of the Bible as God’s Word.

Students are set a course of reading around this theme, joining together for a concluding seminar.

Reading:

Sinclair Ferguson, “From the Mouth of God”

[J I Packer,Fundamentalism & the Word of God]

Seminar Teacher: Jerry Middleton


(2) The integrity of Christian worship

Few aspects of our new life in Christ are more significant than our worship of God. Yet too little consideration is given to the nature and implications of the worship of God in the light of the teaching which the Scriptures give.

Students are set a course of reading around this theme, joining together for a concluding seminar.

Reading:

Jonathan Gibson, Worship: On Earth as It Is in Heaven”

The Directory for the Publick Worship of God

Michael S Horton, A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centred Worship

Seminar Teacher: Duncan Ryan


(3) The priority of persuasive evangelism

For centuries the ‘worldview’ and values of western society were broadly rooted in the Judaeo-Christian revelation. That’s no longer the case! Few challenges are more pressing, therefore, than that of learning how to communicate the gospel in today’s diverse culture.

As in the previous ‘study blocks’ students are set a course of reading around this theme, joining together for a concluding seminar.

Reading:

Skimmed’
The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel (Zondervan, 1998)
‘Semi Skimmed’
The Reason for God, Tim Keller (Hodder and Stoughton, 2009)
Confronting Christianity, Rebecca McLaughlin (Crossway Books, 2019)
Mere Christianity, CS Lewis (Collins, UK edition, 2012)
‘Full Cream’
Christian Apologetics, Douglas Groothius (Apollos, 2011)
Christian Apologetics, Norman Geisler (Baker, 2nd edition, 2013)
For Specific Topics
The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, Gary Habermas (Kregel Publications, 2004)
God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, John Lennox (Lion Books, 2009) and If God, the What, Andrew Wilson
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi (Zondervan, 2018)
Confident: Why you can trust the Bible, Dan Strange and Mike Ovey (Christian Focus, 2015)
Also look at
www.bethinking.org.  The UCCF’s excellent website with articles and talks on a whole range of apologetics topics.  If you struggle to sit and read a long book, these short articles are excellent

Seminar Teacher: Jeremy McQuoid

½ day conferences

(1) The Authority of Holy Scripture

Ian Hamilton was our guest speaker at this half-day conference: he gave two addresses on the theme of the authority of the Bible.


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(2) The Integrity of Christian Worship

This half-day conference provided a focus for the second ‘study block’ addressing the biblical view of worship.


(3) The Priority of Persuasive Evangelism

This final half-day conference was a bit different, rounding off the whole 3 year training which participants had received!

Andy Bannister led us in 2 sessions on ‘persuasive evangelism’ – a reminder that all the training which NESGT provides is with a view to our being sent out to share the good news.


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