At Garnett we’ve been considering doing Alpha for about two years. We’re launching an Alpha course September 22! The Alpha course covers the basics of Christianity. It answers questions like the following:
- Who is Jesus?
- Why did he die?
- How can we have faith?
- Why and How should I read the Bible?
- Who is the Holy Spirit and how can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
- How can I resist evil?
- Does God heal today?
- Why is the church important as well as my own faith?
- How can I make the most of the rest of my life?
The Alpha course usually lasts about ten weeks, with a one or two retreat in the middle. Each week, guests gather for about two hours. They often share something to eat or coffee, sing a few songs, listen to a talk on how Christianity approaches the question at hand, then gather into small groups for discussion. The talks each week act as a springboard for small group discussions.
Alpha is a worldwide phenomenon. It’s found in over 169 countries. It’s run in tens of thousands of schools, prisons, homes and churches of all denominations. It’s given more than 19.6 million people the opportunity to explore the meaning of life. Perhaps it’s just what you need.