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January 11, 2015, 10:00 AM

Why Alpha?


The Alpha course is framed around questions.  "Who is Jesus?" , "Why should I pray?", "Does God heal?"...  Questions that are essential to the Christian faith, but also it provides a context where it's safe for people to address the deep questions of life, like "Why am I here?",  "Does God exist?",  and if so "Does God care?" - "Why is there so much suffering and pain?"...

Stephanie and I first took Alpha 15 years ago when we moved to the area, and we found ourselves overwhelmed trying to juggle a growing family, demanding jobs, grad school, and the standard pressures of life.  We had been raised in the church, and were fairly regular in attendance, but it was more a part of our culture or habit than an essential, life giving support for our lives.  We had questions and doubts, and didn't generally feel safe voicing them in a church setting.  So we lingered on year to year, stuck in a sort of luke warm faith, wondering if it was even true.

That all changed the first night of Alpha, when the speaker had the courage to ask the question we had buried deep inside:  "is it True?"  "is Christianity True?" And followed it up with the reality that if it's true it's pretty important; and if it's not true it's not important at all.  What is the meaning of life?  We decided it was worth investing 10 weekday evenings to explore our faith in this friendly, fun, low pressure environment.
Since then we've seen our own faith and the faith of countless other people come alive and grow through more than 20 alpha courses we've been blessed to be a part of over the past 15 years.  In our home, at 4 different churches, through training tens of other area churches of all denominations, even in my corporate workplace we've personally seen Jesus touch hundreds of lives through this course.  It's the best way of introducing people to Jesus I'm aware of in our age.

Beyond the main purpose of growing faith, I love Alpha because it grows healthy Christian leaders.  Those participating on team for Alpha become effective facilitators, compassionate small group leaders, people capable of having great impact on this earth for Jesus.
Our neighbors and friends are struggling with so many pressures of life.  We have the opportunity to introduce them to Jesus, the author and source of life!  So I hope you'll Come and See what Alpha is all about.  The first session of the course - "Who Is Jesus?" Starts this coming Thursday with a free supper at 6:15pm in the parish hall.  Bring your friends to Come and See!

Blessings! 
Scott+
 



Comments

04-01-2014 at 7:07 AM
Scott Evans
Thanks Luke and Dad! I love Thoreau! And Chocolate! Blessings!
03-03-2014 at 7:38 PM
Luke Suda
Why Lent:
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.
Henry David Thoreau
03-01-2014 at 8:29 PM
Jack Evans
great article on Lent Scott.. Bring on the chocolate.
The Alpha article is excellent.
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