Jeremy's Story

Jeremy's Story

Australia

I understood how someone could actually believe in Jesus.

I attended Alpha initially for an intellectual fight, ready to argue everything, but instead found acceptance and family. I attended Alpha initially for an intellectual fight, ready to argue everything, but instead found acceptance and family. Growing up in a non-Christian family, Jeremy had very little exposure to religion. However, his study in Arts and Law (specifically philosophy) led to his curiosity about more profound things like 'why we do the things we do, and what meaning do they have?'

At this time, Jeremy's sister came back from an overseas trip as a Christian. When she returned, she started attending a small Anglican church where they happened to be running Alpha. She invited the whole family and they reluctantly decided to go. Jeremy thought he would simply attend to support his sister, without thinking it would have any significance on his own life.

While attending Alpha, Jeremy felt personally challenged as he began to question his own beliefs and what he was learning in his studies.

After hearing Nicky Gumbel’s explanation of Christianity, Jeremy realised that he had a lot of misconceptions about Christian beliefs. Through Alpha, his intellectual barriers were broken down. Although he didn’t attend every session at the beginning, by the end of Alpha, Jeremy could see how it all made sense.

This was a huge step for Jeremy who thought religion was for people who were intellectually weak and needed a crutch. It wasn’t until several months later, when he went through a personal crisis and felt like an emotional ‘cripple’, Jeremy began to realise he too needed a crutch - he needed salvation. 

While he felt Jesus carry him through his personal crisis, he learnt that intellect couldn’t. Intellect couldn’t bring comfort to the emotional pain he had felt in that moment. At that exact time, Jeremy attended an outreach event at a local church and gave his life to Jesus. 

For me, Alpha put all the groundwork in place so when I was at a place where my heart was breaking, my mind already understood what I was falling into.

Since doing Alpha, Jeremy has been involved in helping run Alpha sessions for both youth and adults and now serves as a Service Pastor at his current church. 

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