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Is The Alpha Course Biblical

Do you have the Alpha Course in U.S.? Has anyone on Christianet done this course and, if so, what did you think of it? Would you recommend it?

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My mother and I attended this course for a few weeks. We were bored out of our heads with all the dialogue on the videos. We found the teachings lengthy and full of filler. We would start at 6 PM and were snoozing by 9:30 PM when it was over.
---BananaCreme on 1/27/08


To answer your questions... yes Alpha is Biblical. It's not the Bible Itself but it's a good place for beginners to start. Yes we have the course in the US. And yes I recommend it. It isn't for everyone... if people need music, excitement, and entertainment this course won't satisfy. People who listen well and think for themselves should get a lot out of it.
---Peg on 5/31/07


I attended an Alpha Course with the boys they too were board tiff out their minds although I was'nt. A couple of my friends joined and never made it back after the 3rd weeek, But there were good results and a few gave their hearts to the Lord and were baptised.
---Carla5754 on 5/28/07


If I had attended the alpha course before I was saved, I would have stared at the ceiling and counted the tiles. It was the slowest moving process that made me want to run out of there every week. And I did, as fast as my legs would take me. It's too slow for most young people. I was there, they were bored. The sighs, snores, restless legs, doodling, and constant bathroom breaks....I could not do it again.
---BananaCreme on 4/27/07


Eloy ... Did you read the Bible before or after yuo were saved?
I suspect it was after.
The Alpha courses are aimed at those who are not yet Christians, and it unlikely that they would spend a year reading teh Bible they did not yet beleive in
---alan_of_UK on 4/26/07




.alan of UK, grrrumble...just kidding. It does not take years, I've read the Bible through more than once. At an average pace most people can read all the books in the Bible from Genesis through Revelation in one year. I remember the first time when I moved to California, it was in 1981, I started at 5 chapters per evening, give or take depending on my interest and energy level. What a blessing, God's Spirit intimately led me through the scriptures and he even turned the pages for me.
---Eloy on 4/24/07


The Alpha course is very much used in Britain particulalry by evangelical churches. It is cross-denomiational.
Properly conducted it is very effective, at least short-term.
Eloy, it was Nicky Gumbel, not Grumble!!
---alan_of_UK on 4/24/07


The m ain benefit is that people can sit down and telk to other enquirers, and with Christians. That I think is valuiable. I don't agree with Eloy that just reading the Bible (which would take years) will be more effective.
---alan_of_UK on 4/24/07


it is an unneeded course on beliefs of Christianity, for we have the Inspired Holy Bible which is more accurate than some man's outlined course regarding his own views on Christian beliefs. A rev. Charles Marnham started it at the Trinity Brompton Church in London as a course for new members. In 1990 a rev. Nicky Grumbel of the same church took over the Alpha course and produced his book "Questions of Life" which uses "talk titles" to cover his basic beliefs of evangelical Christianity
---Eloy on 4/23/07


Generally, you begin with a meal. The meals were very nice and we sat with our discussion group. (You're assigned into groups).
The meal discussion was the best part. Then we had to watch a 45 min. video, that's when the snoozing and snoring began. After that, we broke down into our discussion groups. The pace was slow, it was like watching paint dry on the walls. It was difficult for new, old, and non-Christians to sit still that long.
---BananaCreme on 4/23/07




I've never heard of the Alpha Course. What is it? Is it a requirement for something?
---Rebecca_D on 4/23/07


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