What is Alpha?
The Alpha course is an opportunity to explore the validity and relevance of the Christian faith to your life today. It is a practical introduction to the basics of Christianity centered around a meal, a talk and a small group discussion. There is no cost for this course.
People come for different reasons, from different backgrounds, and with different opinions — but at Alpha, these differences only add to the conversation and often lead to greater understanding.
Alpha is a place where no question is too simple or too hostile and all viewpoints are respected.
Life is full of tough times — shaky employment, relationship struggles, kid troubles and illness. No matter what you are facing, Alpha is the place to ask why — with the freedom to share or just sit back and listen.
Big Questions: God
Is there a God? Why am I here? Who is Jesus? What about other religions? Alpha tackles these questions and others each week. Chances are somebody in your group is wondering the same thing you are.
Some of the closest and most long-lasting friendships have been built on the Alpha course. Alpha friendships get beyond the standard “What is your name? and What do you do?” so you connect on a more personal level. On the weekend away, which is a key part of the Alpha course, you get to know each other even better.
Food & Fun
Alpha isn’t all work. In fact, most of the time it is simply just fun. Sharing a casual meal and hanging out after a long day can be a time to relax and be yourself — no expectations or strings attached.
Schedule - Fall 2018
Thursdays, Sep. 20 – Nov. 15 6:30-8:30pm
Dinner and materials provided at no cost to you.
Sep. 20 Who is Jesus?
Sep. 27 Why did Jesus die?
Oct. 4 How can I have faith?
Oct. 11 Why and how do I pray?
Oct. 18 Why and how should I read the Bible?
Oct. 25 How does God guide us?
Nov. 1 How can I resist evil?
Nov. 2-3 Holy Spirit retreat (offsite)
Nov. 8 Does God heal today?
Nov. 15 Alpha celebration
The Good News of Jesus Christ
God’s love is revealed in the Bible
Salvation is a free gift
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
The word grace means “undeserved favor”. It means God is offering you something you could never provide for yourself: forgiveness of sins and eternal life. God’s gift to you is free. You do not have to work for a gift. All you have to do is receive it, and believe that Jesus Christ died for you.
Christ is at your heart’s door
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20
Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you. Picture, if you will, Jesus Christ standing at the door of your heart (the door of your emotions, intellect and will). Invite Him in; He is waiting for you to receive Him into your heart and life.
Will you receive Him?
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” – John 1:12
When you receive Christ into your heart you become a child of God, and have the privilege of talking to him in prayer at any time about anything. The Christian life is a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ. And best of all, it is a relationship that will last for all eternity. Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?
Here is how you can receive Christ:
1. Admit your need (I am a sinner).
2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on a cross and rose from the grave.
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and guide your life through the Holy Spirit (receive Him as Lord and Savior).
How to pray:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that you died for my sins. I want You to help me turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to learn to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. Thank you for forgiving me and receiving me. Amen.