Over 2.5 million people in the UK have been on Alpha. It is a course which is designed particularly for people who wouldn’t normally go to church, but is open to anyone who wants to explore some of life’s biggest questions, such as whether God is real, why suffering exists, and what life is really all about.
Khiew recently attended a course, and here he shares a little about his experience:
What do you do in London?
I am an international student from Singapore studying History and International Relations at the London School of Economics.
What was your view of Christianity before doing the Alpha Course?
I was born in a non-Christian family and my parents are both Buddhists. I accepted Christ at the age of 17 after a personal crisis turned me to God. Since then, I have experienced many ups and downs in my spiritual life.
When I had arrived in London, I felt that I wanted to re-establish my relationship with God. I heard about the Alpha Course when it was promoted during one of the services at ChristChurch London and I thought that it would be a good way to do that. Hence, I came to Alpha with the intention of bolstering and also re-consolidating my faith.
What did you make of the course?
I thought that it was a great course, whether for those who aren’t Christians but are keen to explore Christianity or even for existing believers like myself. I liked the friendly and open atmosphere that was cultivated through the discussions. The talks were especially useful in introducing key concepts of Christianity while the discussions got us thinking about them.
Most importantly, we were encouraged to really consider the claims made by Jesus, and in doing so I personally came to the conclusion that Jesus truly was the Son of God.
What difference has Alpha made in your life?
Alpha has certainly firmed up the fundamentals in my spiritual life. Also, through Alpha, I have also learnt a little about how to introduce my friends to some of the basic teachings and concepts of Christianity. Alpha got me thinking about a number of things like why God allows suffering etc, and while on occasions I left the mid-week sessions with more questions than answers, this really pushed me to find out more. I looked up books, talked to other Christians and watched videos to find answers to these questions. At the end of the day, my faith was strengthened and my understanding of the faith was deepened immeasurably.
Why would you suggest that people bring their friends to Alpha?
It is important to let our friends hear the good news and explore it for themselves! And Alpha is certainly a non-intimidating and friendly platform for people to find out more about Christianity.
Our new course begins with two launch nights at the Grange Holborn Hotel. On September 28, Professor Tom McLeish will consider whether science has replaced God, and on September 29, Emma Jones will talk about her experience as an entertainment correspondent for the BBC and how faith has made a difference to her life and work.
Both evenings include a free two-course meal and a short introduction to the course. To find out more about Alpha and to book a place on our launch evenings, click here.