Week Beginning: Sunday 3rd February 2013. Question 4: How and why should I read the Bible? Bible readings: 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Matthew 5:17-20. Discussion Questions: 1. What are your experiences of reading the Bible? (Regularly? Only hear it when read in church? Difficult? Challengin? Enjoyable? Baffling?) 2. Have you read anything in the Bible that has challenged an aspect of your beliefs and behaviour? 3. Do you believe the Bible is God’s word and can speak to us today? Can you give an example of how this has happened? Meditation on the Bible (Lectio Divinia) Chose a passage from the Bible (one of Jesus’ parables is a good starting point). Read the passage through slowly 3 times, as you do notice and words or phrases that you particularly notice, any questions you might have. Spend time reflecting on these and pray for God’s insight. Then be still and open to receive from God. Further resources for those exploring… Websites: www.alpha.org / www.wordlive.org/Lectio Books: R
Week Beginning: Sunday 27th January 2013. Question 3: Why and how do I pray? Bible readings: Psalm 30, Matthew 6:1-5. Discussion Questions: 1. As you read the Lord’s Prayer which phrases do you find are most encouraging and which are more challenging? 2. Why is praying in private different from praying in public with others? 3. What do you think “your kingdom come” might look like when this prayer is being answered? 4. In your life today are there ways you can make the Lord’s Prayer personal? For example a particular need for help in an area of temptation or an area of provision. Further resources for those exploring… Websites: http://www.alpha.org / www.rejesus.co.uk Books: “Questions of Life” by Nicky Gumbel, “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel & “Prayer: Does it make any Difference?” by Phillip Yancey.
Week Beginning: Sunday 20th January 2013 Question 2: Why Did Jesus die? Bible Readings: Romans 6:1-14, John 6: 35-40; Discussion Questions: 1. Which of the images or ways of answering the question “why did Jesus die” speak most powerfully to you and why? 2. If Jesus died to save us, what are you saved from? What are you saved for? 3. Has your view of why Jesus died ‘for us’ changed over the course of your Christian experience? If so, how? Further resources: for those exploring… Websites: www.alpha.org www.rejesus.co.uk Books: “Questions of Life” by Nicky Gumbel “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel for those who want to go deeper… “The Enigma of the Cross”, Alister McGrath (Hodder and Stoughton) “Salvation”, T J Gorringe (Epworth Press)
Week Beginning: Sunday 13th January 2013 Question 1: Who is Jesus? Bible Readings: Matthew 16:13-20, Isaiah 9: 1-7 Discussion Questions: Who do you think Jesus is? What images, words, thoughts, feelings come to mind? Having heard the talk in one of the services this week, has your concept of Jesus changed, how and why? How do you respond to what Jesus said about himself? (e.g. “I am the way the truth and the life”, “I am the light of the world”) If you had a chance to meet Jesus, how would you feel and what would you say to him? Further resources for those exploring… Websites: www.alpha.org www.rejesus.co.uk Books: “Questions of Life” by Nicky Gumbel “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel For those who want to go deeper… “Four Gospels, One Jesus?” by Richard Burridge “The Jesus I never knew” by Philip Yancey
St Martins Whole Church Alpha: Exploring the basics of the Christian Faith From Sunday 13th January to Sunday 31st March (Easter Day) at all the services, St Martins will be exploring the questions posed from the Christian Enquiry Course Alpha. We will do this through sermons, small group discussions, questions posed in a small theme guide and over bring and share lunches that will take place after our 11am services on Sunday 27th January, Sunday 24th February and Sunday 24th March (Palm Sunday). This is an opportunity for anyone who is wanting to know more about the Christian Faith to come along listen, chat, ask questions, as well as for those who have been Christians for a while to be reminded and encouraged by what we believe. Each service has it’s own particular flavour and tradition but essentially the pattern will be as follows: Sunday 9.30am, Holy Communion service: Sermon will be given on the theme, with an opportunity after the service for an informal chat over