What is the Alpha Series?
What is the Alpha Series? Is it a program? Is it a religion? The simplest answer is that the Alpha Series explains the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that ordinary people can understand and apply it to themselves. What makes the Alpha Series effective as a counseling model, discipleship course, training curriculum, or recovery tool is the fact that it is a practical application of the gospel which is “the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…” (Romans 1: 16).
People are hungry for the gospel of grace but turned off by religion. Because the Alpha Series is not religious but biblical in nature most people will be receptive to the teaching regardless of their background and life experience. Religion is man’s attempt to manipulate deity by what he says or does. Biblical Christianity is a personal relationship with God based on believing in what He has done for us in Christ that we could not do for ourselves.
The Alpha Series is simply an explanation of what the Bible says that God has done to make us worthy as persons. Whenever the gospel is taught it is the power of God that changes the lives of all who believe it. The Alpha Series is constructed in three main parts. Part one describes the manner in which personal and relational problems develop from the core emotions of fear of rejection and fear of failure due to low self esteem. The insight gained in understanding how problems develop sets the stage for the application of the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only workable solution. Part two provides a biblical foundation on which to build a healthy self-image based entirely upon our new identity in Christ. The good news of our union with Christ is applied to the daily task of allowing ourselves to be transformed by the renewing of the mind. Part three carries the gospel of our new identity in Christ to the logical end of ministering to the needs of others, having been assured of our personal security in all that God has done for us in Christ.
How long is the class?
The class time will 8-9pm eastern time and this class will be a minimum of 10 weeks.
Is this an open class or closed after a few weeks?
This is an open class. Your best experience will be to attend each week, The class will be for 10-12 weeks. There are 3 parts to the class and each part builds on the previous class.
Is this a Christian class?
Bridge the Gap Ministries is a Christ centered support group and I am a Christian believer, and this is a Biblical (not religious) class.
Do I need to register?
Yes- Registration is necessary as we need to know what size on-line room to reserve. Register here. Please read the Group Guidelines before registering for the class. After registration you will be sent an e-mail detailing where to order your book and how to login for the class.
What kind of class is this?
This class is a Live Virtual online weekly ZOOM room class, starting at 8pm eastern time on Tuesday, September 5th 2017. You will have the option to attend on-line or via phone, if you have a web camera, you can attend with or without video. After you register and before the meeting time, you will be sent the call in or log in information.
Zoom Room Etiquette-
We ask that you please turn off all Cell Phones and remove any other distractions for the duration of our class, so we can keep our focus on the class without interruptions. We ask that you attend class in a private space free from outside noise and other distracting movements. It is requested that you use your headphones if possible to reduce background noise. There is a mute button on the bottom left of your screen if you suddenly have noise or barking that is disruptive, please mute yourself. If you need assistance in the room send me a message and I will do my best to assist you. If you experience a lot of breaking up or interference in the room I may ask you to mute yourself and call in via phone please check what your participant number is in the room and then dial in. You can find the phone in number and meeting ID in your email that has the log in information.
Is there a charge for this class? Do I need a book?
While the class is FREE, you must purchase the book. You can purchase the book from Author House, The cost to attend is just purchasing the book, which can be found here. Please order your book so you have plenty of time to receive it before the class begins.