Nicky Gumbel, founder of Alpha, says: “The secret of guidance is having a close relationship with God. God made us to be thinking beings. He guides our minds as we walk in a close relationship with him. We need to avoid a super-spirituality that expects an inward voice to guide every little detail of our lives.” Alpha talks about the five main ways in which God guides us, all beginning with the letters CS. The five CS’s are:

  • Commanding Scripture (what does the Bible say/teach?)
  • Compelling Spirit (how is the Holy Spirit leading?)
  • Counsel of the Saints (seek the advice and prayers of other Christians)
  • Common Sense (God guides our common sense and reason)
  • Circumstantial Signs (providential/confirming signs)

Nicky Gumbel, Bible in One Year – Day 110 of 365