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The power of God
Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29

Janice B. Scott

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10


The Alpha course raises strong emotions, not least amongst clergy. Alpha is a course on basic Christianity, designed for non-believers and devised by Holy Trinity Church in Brompton, London. It started in a small way back in the seventies and eighties, but when a young curate, the Revd. Nicky Gumbel, joined the staff of Holy Trinity, he revamped the course and it took off in a big way.

It's now a large, world-wide concern, commercially viable and spread around the world by video cassettes of Nicky Gumbel's lectures, together with handbooks for students, handbooks for leaders, and a host of supporting books, many of them written by Nicky Gumbel. It has also spawned supplementary courses, like a marriage course, a course on prayer, Youth Alpha, and a post-Alpha follow-up course.

The basic Alpha course takes place in local churches, in pubs, in people's homes, or anywhere that people gather together.

Each evening of the course starts with a good meal accompanied by wine ...

This sermon, The power of God, is based on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 and relates to Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 is just one of over 800 resources created by Janice Scott for The Village Shepherd (a component of SermonSuite). SermonSuite also offers online sermons, professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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