A few weeks ago, J & K in London (to celebrate our Ruby Wedding)
went on Sun. morning to worship at
HTB – home of the Alpha Course…
The Alpha Course: phenomenon in Ch. life!
- began as simple presentation of Xian Faith for new Xians (1977)
Nicky Gumbel (!) took over in 1990 – developed it as means of evangelism: informal, friendly, open, relaxed.
Now world-wide – in 21 countries
Acknowledged & respected everywhere - e.g. Sandy Millar preached
(new Archbp’s installation)
In Abdn.: used course many times – in local pub, in ch., in homes …
Course covers imp. qns. to which people want straightforward answers
HS w/e or HS Day: essential element (without it, Course is impotent …)
: teaching and experience
— HS is not intellectual concept,
but “lived reality” !
Conf. Prep classes … – understand FATHER …
“ JESUS …
but not HOLY SPIRIT …
First Xians came to understanding through experience … Jews …
Still today, HS recognised in what He does! Cf. “wind” [ruach]
HS Day – 3 sessions: Who is the Holy Spirit?
What does the Holy Spirit do?
How can I be filled with the Spirit?
These are qns. that are relevant to every believer, and to which we need to know the answers!
Do you? Do you want to? - on this Day of the Holy
1. Who is the HS?
Often ignored and misunderstood … !
At work from beginning (Creation …)
In OT, came on particular people for particular tasks
(cf. Gideon, Samson, Isaiah – for leadership, strength and
Promised by Father (cf Joel 2:28 “I will pour out my
Predicted by Jesus …
2. What does the HS do?
Gives us “new birth” (cf. Jn. 3)
Helps us to pray (cf. Rom 8:26)
Teaches us to understand Bible
Unites us in family of God
Produces in us “family likeness”
Gives spiritual *fruit / ☼gifts and strength for “service”
[*“love, joy, peace,…” ☼gifts include “speaking in tongues”…]
3. How can I be filled with the Spirit?
Look at what happened on Day of Pentecost —
Are these evident in this church?
in our lives?
ASK God for HS today — to be “filled” today!
§ Co-operate with HS
Greatest hindrances are
- Inadequacy & unworthiness
HS blesses / changes / heals / enriches …
Do not resist …
Do not quench…
Do not deceive…