Friday, 13 March 2009

I love The Alpha Course

At our Alpha away day on Saturday 4 people made first time decisions to follow Jesus, and two made recommitments having been away from an active faith.

On Wednesday night a further two people made first time decisions to follow Jesus.

What an absolute priviledge to see God work like that!

Now the rubber hits to road for ongoing discipleship, finding a cell group and integration into the Church. We don't want one time emotional responses, we want disciples of Christ.

On a personal level one young woman has been coming to our cell group and has been bringing a friend to Alpha too. We have been praying for them in our group. Both went forward on Saturday and made steps of faith.

What a precious thing the gospel is? What a precious time that moment is, when someone first believes.

It sort of reminds me of a song: "How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed"

One guy came to Alpha on the Saturday and made a decision to follow Jesus. He came to Church the next day on the Sunday. He came to our "Introducing Barnabas" event on the Sunday evening which we run three times a year for new people. At the end he said "I want to come to the next baptism service to see how it works, then I want to be baptised at the next one"

That is quite some 48 hours.

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