Alpha Course

Alpha Courses



Alpha is a course which seeks to explore the basics of the Christian faith, described by its organisers as “an opportunity to explore the meaning of life”.[1] Alpha courses are currently being run in churches, homes, workplaces, prisons, universities and a wide variety of other locations. The course is being run around the world by all major Christian denominations.

The Alpha course is organised as a series of sessions over 10 weeks. Each session starts with a meal, followed by a 30 minute film and then discussion in small groups. The talks aim to cover the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. The complete list of talk titles, which follows the chapters of Gumbel’s book Questions of Life, is:

  • Is there more to life than this?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Why did Jesus die?
  • How can we have faith?
  • Why and how do I pray?
  • Why and how should I read the Bible?
  • How does God guide us?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • What does the Holy Spirit do?
  • How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • How can I resist evil?
  • Why and how should I tell others?
  • Does God heal today?
  • What about the church?
  • How can I make the most of the rest of my Life?

Repackaged for today’s audience, the Alpha Film Series is emotive, engaging and epic in scale and scope. Nicky Gumbel and two new presenters, Toby Flint and Gemma Hunt, walk us through the regular Alpha material in a way that everyone can relate to.

The episodes feature inspiring stories and interviews from all around the world, as well as visual illustrations and motion graphics.




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