i had the privilege to share with the alpha leaders this morning at ebenezers.
every semester here at ncc we run the alpha course, and our goal is to have one meeting at all of our locations. if you don’t know anything about alpha, i highly recommend that you check it out. it is a really great introduction to the christian faith. here at ncc we utilize it as the start of the journey through our discipleship map.
i had the opportunity to actually attend an alpha for students conference in london at holy trinity brompton, where it all started. though i have never been super involved with it here, it is something dear to my heart.
so this morning i tried to encourage the leaders, reminding them of the importance of their work and service. for many, alpha is the beginning of a journey at ncc, and even more so a journey in faith. i wanted these leaders to understand their importance in the Kingdom.
in addition to that, i shared a short devotional out of jude vs.20-22
But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.
the four points that i thought would be inspiring for leaders were:
-to be strong in your faith. the point of alpha is for people to bring their questions. this can be a little overwhelming to continually face people’s doubt and skepticism. preparing yourself for that is important.
-to pray, but not only that, have the discernment of the Holy Spirit. nothing can be more motivating to someone who is seeking God, than a confirming prayer from a discerning leader. the Holy Spirit will often prompt you with a bit of information that is helpful in this process.
-model the love of God in your life. skeptics will sit back and observe how those, who are claiming truth in the love of God, treat one another. it is vital that the leaders in alpha are truly loving one another in genuine community.
-finally, show mercy unto those who are wavering in their faith. we have to be quick to show grace, mercy and patience to those who are seeking God and asking questions about life.
we ended the morning by covering our leaders in prayer and letting them pray for one another. most importantly however, is that they are praying for those that they are serving. i can’t wait to hear all of the amazing stories to come out of alpha this year.