What Is The Alpha Course? Is It Good or Bad For Learning the Bible?

The Alpha Course is sweeping the nation and the world.  Is the Alpha Course good for new Christians?  Is it good for beginners in the Bible?  Is there a hidden danger in the Alpha Course?
What is the Alpha Course?
Maybe you haven’t even heard of the Alpha Course, but you may be hearing about it soon.  This course is sweeping across America and is rapidly spreading around the globe.  Many denominations are using it to introduce new believers to the Bible and biblical doctrines.  What exactly is the Alpha Course?  It is basically an introductory course to the Christian faith.  In general, it is a fly-over and a shallow look at God and the Bible.  It was created for new believers and the brainchild of the Holy Trinity Brompton Anglican church in London in the 1980’s, so it has been around for over 30 years now.  It has been hailed as a way to explore the meaning of life and is being widely used in churches, homes, prisons, universities, and a variety of locations.  There are specific courses for specific locations and vocations, like Alpha in the Workplace, Alpha for Prisons, Senior Alphas, Student Alphas, and several others.  Today, over 35,000 courses have been offered in over 170 countries and almost 20 million people have taken the course.

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