As the fall session of The Alpha Course is almost upon us {Tuesday, September 17, 2013},  we thought we’d take five to ask Alpha Course graduate, Tony Beaudion about his experience with Alpha. Tony now works with The Recovery Course and Celebrate Recovery here at Immanuel, and his road to that began with Alpha. 

IC: What’s the story about how you were invited to or heard about Alpha?
Tony Beaudion: It all started with just coming to Immanuel for an adult baptism, which I did not understand since she was already baptized as a child. It was only going to be one Sunday as I already had a church. Now here is the rest of the story …

Immanuel Church: What was your relationship with God like before Alpha?
TB: Before Alpha I knew about Jesus and who He was but I did not have a close personal relationship with him. After the baptism mentioned above I decided to try Immanuel Church. Still committed to my church I went to its 9 a.m. service and then Immanuel at 10:45. Six months later I started attending Immanuel only and that started things.

IC: Did you ever think you would go to Alpha?
TB: I never considered going to Alpha; I thought since I knew so much, what was the need? I was invited several times and had the same response, ‘I am above that already.’ The person inviting me told me later she thought I would never go.

After persistence by my friend and her telling me there was someone in Alpha leadership I would really like, I decided to go. She was, of course, right. He made me feel very comfortable, and we are still friends today.

IC: Did you have an “aha” moment during Alpha? Please share.
TB: I found out during the 10 sessions that I knew very little about the Jesus I thought I knew so much about. I found a fellowship in Alpha I had not experienced before. I became a member of Immanuel shortly afterward and was baptized.  I thought what my parents did was enough, but now know that once I made the decision to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior that is when I should get baptized. It is an experience I will never forget. Little did I know at the time that Alpha would lead to Beta then The Recovery Course and now Celebrate Recovery.

IC: What was your relationship with God like after Alpha?
TB: Today I have a relationship with Jesus like never before and I keep praying for that relationship to grow deeper, filling me with the knowledge and wisdom of the Holy Spirit so I can be of maximum service to Him and His children.

IC: Would you encourage others to attend Alpha? Could you speak into any fears of hinderances some may have?
TB: If you are on the fence about whether to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then this course if for you. If you just want to know more about this Jesus people are talking [about], Alpha is a good starting place. It’s no pressure and you can just listen if you want, but I’m sure you will have some questions as you go along.

IC: In one word, describe Alpha.
TB: I try to reserve the word awesome just for God, but since this is all about Jesus, Alpha was Awesome!

Want to learn more about The Alpha Course? Join us for a free, no-pressure brunch this Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 -11:30 a.m. at Key Lime Cove in Gurnee to learn more about The Alpha Course at Immanuel Church. 

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