Is there anything that produces more anxiety than the pressure we experience in our call to be witnesses? To be an effective witness we need anxiety reduction. There is nothing like anxiety to block authenticity. The last thing people want is to be our project, someone we working on.
Greg Ogden in "Discipleship Essentials‟ says, ‘The most effective witness occurs in the context of authentic, caring relationships. Relationships built over time with trust have earned us the right to share the difference that Jesus Christ makes in our lives.’ This has been evident in those who have attended the last two Alpha courses held at our church. Some attendees were invited by a friend, the friend asked and they said yes. For many it was a life-changing yes.
Keep growing in your faith, come to ALPHA. Would you like to be filled with the Spirit? Would you like that deep experience of the Father‟s love? How do you receive?‟
We see Jesus talking in the context of the Holy Spirit, and he addresses two barriers to receiving.
The first one is doubt, Luke 11: 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” We need not doubt. Jesus says it over and over! Ask, seek, knock. Go on! You will receive, you will find, the door will be opened!
The second barrier to receiving is fear. I might say, „Okay, Lord, I‟m convinced I would receive, but I‟m not sure I want to. Am I going to have some awful experience?‟ Luke 11: 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?”Jesus deals with these worries with a fish and a snake!
At Alpha we tackle various topics such as „Who is Jesus?‟ „Why do people suffer?‟ „What happens when we die?‟ We also talk about “Who is the Holy Spirit?”, “What does He do?” and “How can I be Filled with the Holy Spirit?”
Join us at the ALPHA Launch Party: 20 July 7pm at the church.
Come find out more! Come with a friend!
WHAT IS ALPHA? The Alpha course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith. It‟s relaxed, low key, friendly and fun. There is a meal together at the beginning of each session which gives you an opportunity to get to know each other. Listen, learn, discuss and discover.
WHO IS ALPHA FOR? Alpha is for everyone, especially:
*Those wanting to investigate Christianity – Invite your friends and family
*New Christians – Build a solid foundation to grow on.
*Those wanting to brush up on the basics – Refresh and Recharge your Christian walk with God
WHAT WILL IT COST? There is no charge for the Alpha course, although you may be asked to make a contribution towards food.