What’s the difference?
I wanted to take a moment and talk about the new Alpha groups launching in the Fall and distinguish the difference between an Alpha group and a LifePoint home group or (Life Group).
LifePoint has multiple ways to get connected beyond Sunday morning services, in fact, it is our intention that the Sunday morning services are not your main priority when it comes to “church” every week. Rather the Sunday services are meant to be a time of community fellowship and a gathering together to give praise to Jesus.
Following is a list of ways that you can get connected at LifePoint:
Sunday Morning Classes
During the three morning services at LifePoint we have classes for men, women, theology and soon to come college-level courses on the Christian faith.
Year-Round Weekly Gatherings
- Tuesday Morning Men’s group
- Tuesday Evening Men’s group
- Monday & Wednesday Moms Life
- Tuesday Evening Women’s Group
- Sunday Morning 2nd service Women’s group
- Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study w/ Mary McKinney
- Followed by Tuesday Prayer Group w/ Mary McKinney
Home groups at LifePoint kick off in the Spring and the Fall and typically run 10-12 weeks, these are an excellent way to get to know new people and form long-lasting relationships, many of the groups will continue to meet after the allotted time and some groups will meet year-round.
Alpha is something new that LifePoint will be doing starting in the Fall and the primary focus is for Christian men and women to open their homes to host a series of talks and videos designed for people who do not attend church or have completely different religious views. It is modern-day evangelism and outreach that has been used by more than 100 million people around the world and translated into more than 100 languages.
Here are the main elements of an Alpha night:
- Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally, they have three key things in common: food, a talk, and good conversation.
- 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. Most sessions start with food because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other.
- The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually, around thirty minutes long and delivered over about eleven weeks, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?
As we enter into this new season that God is calling LifePoint, which is to be intentionally engaged in our community, I want to ask you to be asking the Lord to prepare you to step into one of these areas of connection. Too many Christians sit on the sidelines when it comes to small groups and if we are going to push back the gates of hell from overcoming our community we have to get in the game.
I look forward to seeing you out there.