The Alpha Course, as we said, has three talks specifically focused on the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit often is someone misunderstand, ignored, seen as confusing or even worrying. These talks seek to help us understand who he is and what he does and seeks to do.
But when we read Acts, we often read of disciples of Jesus being filled with the Spirit, not once but more than once. In Acts 2, the disciples are filled. Then at the end of Acts 4, again the same disciples are filled… We see the Spirit come at Pentecost, we also see the Spirit come upon people as they listened to Peter preach, and we see also how a recent convert to Christianity (Saul), is prayed to be filled, as if it is something natural and regular to do when praying for a new Christian, or perhaps any Christian. Paul himself in Ephesians 5, in the midst of all his teaching on discipleship, marriage relationships, parenting, spiritual warfare, says: ”Be filled with the Spirit.”, (Ephesians 5:18). The Greek is in a present continuous tense – so the meaning is ‘go on being filled with the Spirit, daily, always.’
So what does it mean and how does it happen? And are there any signs or evidence of being filled?
Watch the video and find out more.