Have you told anybody that you are doing the Alpha Course?

As a race we feel empty because our spirituality’s been wiped out and we don’t know how to express ourselves. And as a result we’re encouraged to fill that gap with alcohol, drugs, sex or money. People out there are screaming for the truth.

Sinéad O’Connor

Good News

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You are the salt of the earth... You are the light of the world... let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5: 13–16

Presence

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King
William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce was 27 when he looked around at his world (18th century) and he saw this terrible evil of slavery. We all know now that slavery is evil, but at the time they didn’t think of it like that. Very few people thought it was a good thing to abolish slavery. But he saw how inhuman it was, how degrading it was, what an abomination it was, and he was determined and gave his life to see this terrible evil removed from our society.

And in order to do that, he got himself elected as an MP; he put down numerous Bills in Parliament. They were all defeated – it was such an unpopular course. But he was so passionate that he kept going, driven by his faith in Jesus Christ. And he believed, to put it in his own words, ‘that the Almighty would give him success’. And he did. But it took him forty-five years. It wasn’t until 1833 that the Abolition of Slavery Act was passed in Parliament. Three days later he died, and was buried in Westminster Abbey in national recognition of those forty-five years of persevering struggle on behalf of African slaves.

Starfish

It’s not the kings and generals who make history, but the masses of the people.

Nelson Mandela

Pursuasion

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

1 Peter 3:15

Proclamation

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon (Peter) and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.

John 1:41–42

That’s the greatest service one person can render another: to bring them to Jesus.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury, William Temple
Billy Graham 1966

Power

Our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.

1 Thessalonians 1:5