The Scottish Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) opening meeting was held on 11 October 2013, at Airdrie Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Rev. Kenneth Stewart led the meeting and opened with a psalm and prayer. Video greetings were then shown from Dr Jerry O’Neill, president of RPTS in Pittsburgh, USA, and from Rev. Katsunori Endo, Rev. Shigeru Takiura and Rev. Charles Leach of Kobe Theological Hall in Japan.
Rev. Prof. Robert McCollum brought greetings from the Reformed Theological College in Belfast, and spoke of the great history of sharing in training men for the ministry that has gone on between the Irish and Scottish RP Churches.
After the singing of Psalm 67, Mr Stewart then introduced Rev. Andrew Quigley, the seminary principal, who in turn introduced the faculty and students to the congregation.
Mr Quigley addressed the meeting from 1 Timothy 3 and 2 Timothy 4. He spoke of how God has given the church the responsibility of bearing the truth of God’s Word before the world and how it is to hold to and proclaim the truth.
This is an all-encompassing task; all other aspects and responsibilities of the church flow from this. It is an exclusive task, given solely to the church, and an entrusting task — the church is responsible to entrust faithful men with the truth, so they in turn entrust it to the people of God.
Mr Quigley spoke of how the seminary seeks to train men to have character, competence, compassion and courage, through immersing them in the Word of God.
The meeting closed with the singing of Psalm 126 and prayer, and a thank-offering was taken up. A light supper was served in the church hall.
This article first appeared on the RPC Scotland web site (www.rpcscotland.org/page)