Asking questions about faith and God

What a great Alpha course we are having, people coming and exploring the questions of faith, last week we had Lee leading us and exploring the question of ‘How Can I Have Faith?’ which led to amazing discussions and some affirming moments.

Our Wednesday evening sessions start with food, because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other. Join us this coming Wednesday 29th May at 7pm when we will be exploring ‘Why and How Do I Pray?’

WA picture 1

#Warrington #WarringtonAlpha #WarringtonDeanery #churchofengland #liverpooldiocese

See the world in a totally different dimension and clarity

At #WarrigtonAlpha one guest said they were astonished how much evidence there is for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, I hadn’t really realised how many of the pioneers of modern science were believers: Descartes, Newton, Kepler, Galileo, Copernicus, Faraday, Boyle, Mendel, Kelvin, Pasteur, Lister, Maxwell, Simpson had all been Christians.

One former Professor of Modern History at Oxford University described the resurrection as ‘the best-attested fact in history’.

Now of course, there are many highly intelligent people who are atheists; but equally there are many highly intelligent people who’ve looked at the evidence, who’ve come to the conclusion that it’s true.

On our ‘WarringtonAlpha course we are continuing to explore the questions people have about God and faith, we have a mix of non-Christians and Christians attending and finding that they have similar questions and are able to explore them together.

You’re Invited to attend #WarringtonAlpha taking place every Wednesday evening until the 10th July from 7 till 9:15pm, at St. Ann’s Church, Warrington.

We always start with a little food, before a talk and discussion, including exploring your questions, feeling and observations.

Slide2

Is this it?

Some of the things covered in Week 1 at #WarringtonAlpha – it’s easy to go through life:  thinking ‘Is this it? There’s got to be more to life than this.’

In places like Warrington and generally the UK we can look around as we go shopping, and identify that many people have all the material comforts they desire, together with such non-material blessings as a happy family, and yet lead lives of desperation, understanding nothing but the fact that there is a hole inside of them. And however much food and drink they pour into it, however many motorcars and flat screen televisions they stuff it with, regardless of how many well balanced children and loyal friends they parade around the edges of their lives, it aches.

Some guests at our Alpha course thought, looking back, that’s what they have been experiencing: there is a kind of hole, sort of like a hunger – maybe a spiritual hunger.

Well Jesus said: ‘I’m the bread of life.’ He said: ‘I’m the one who can satisfy this spiritual hunger’ that really nothing else satisfies.

#WarringtonAlpha has started looking at the questions people want to ask about God, faith and much more. You’re Invited to join in from Week 2, when we look at exploring who Jesus is.

Anyone can attend even if you are non-Christian. Christians and non-Christians are equally welcome on this course to explore and find out more.

Come along to #WarringtonAlpha, every Wednesday evening 7-9:15pm until the 10th July 2019 at St. Ann’s Church, Warrington.Slide1

 

Bringing people together

Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. Our Wednesday evening sessions start with food, because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other. Join us of 11 weeks starting on Wednesday 1st May at 7pm.

#Warrington #WarringtonAlpha #WarringtonDeanery #churchofengland #liverpooldiocese

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.
Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.
You desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you have no delight in sacrifice;
if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
then you will delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

The Journey Begins

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Everyone has a sense of what is right and wrong, – in essence we all have a conscience. This is true the of people throughout the whole world. Who put it there?
  2. All people long to experience love. It can be the most powerful force in our lives. Where did it come from?

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
    to silence the enemy and the avenger.

 

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
    mortals that you care for them?

 

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

post