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Visa Course

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Please note that this is about a Bible study course called "The Visa Course" for international students studying in Guildford.  It is not about obtaining an international or travel visa!  If you are interested in studying the Bible, please read on.

What is the Visa Course?

A visa in your passport gives you access to another place.  It allows you to go into a country, to look around, to observe the culture and the way people do things, to meet the people, to ask questions and to understand the language.  It gives you an opportunity to find out for yourself about the place you are visiting.

Likewise, the Visa course is designed to help you begin to understand the Christian faith and the Bible.  It is an opportunity for you to listen, to discuss and to ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere.  Over the eight week course we will look at what Christians believe, and study some passages from the Bible.

Who is it for?

The Visa course is for any student who wants to find out more about what Christians believe, and about the Bible.  It is a course written specially for those whose first language is not English.  It doesn't matter what religion or nationality you are - anyone is welcome to join us.

What does it cost?

There is no cost to join a visa course.  Simply email Ruth Archer.

What exactly will we study?

Each week we look at a different subject connected to the Bible.  Typically, we start each evening with a meal, and time for chatting together (7 to 8pm).  We then spend from 8 to about 9.30pm studying our subject for the evening, which usually includes reading the Bible, some group discussion, and time for any questions.

Transport is provided for guests from anywhere in Guildford both to and from the venue.

Week Subject
1

How do we know there is a God?
An introduction to the Visa course, looking at some of the evidence for the existence of God.

2

God is Good... so what's wrong with the world?
The problem of suffering.  Can we believe in a good God?

3

The Bible
What is the Bible?  Why do Christians believe it is so important?

4

Who is Jesus?
Was Jesus just a good man, a wise teacher?  What did he say about himself?

5

Why did Jesus die?
Was Jesus death a terrible mistake?  Is it important?

6

The Holy Spirit
Who is the Holy Spirit?  What does he do?

7

Prayer
Does prayer really work?

8

Questions and Discussion
Final week, with a chance for any questions not covered in the previous weeks.

What about other courses?

Other courses are run by churches in Guildford at different times of the year.  Alpha Courses, Christianity Explored Courses, and Moving On Courses also offer you the chance to find our more about Christianity and the Bible.  For details of when these courses are next running, please email Hugh Griffin.

friends-international@surrey.ac.ukChristians welcoming international students
in Guildford