The teachings of the apostles are a foundation of the Christian faith, but why? The Apostles were, after all, just regular people, right? They were followers themselves, following Jesus Christ during his brief tenure on this planet over 2000 years ago. So why are their teachings placed in the same esteem and stature of the prophets and the Messiah? Listed are some reason to be apart of an Apostolic Church San Antonio TX.
Well, a fundamental aspect of the Christian faith is in the divine inspiration of the Bible. As Christians, we believe that the Bible was written by men acting on the message that they received from the Lord. So, while Paul may be the writer of the book of Romans, the knowledge, wisdom, and teachings found in that book were created and inspired by God. We find evidence for this throughout the Bible as well, both with events that occur and with the writings themselves. For example, Moses received the Ten Commandments directly from God on top of the mountain. We also find, specific scriptures that indicate the nature of scripture in accordance with divine inspiration. Here are two of these examples:
2 Peter 1: 20-21
20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
The writers themselves acknowledge the source of their works and give due credit to the One who not only inspired them, but who is also the reason for which they are writing. This lends credibility to the topics they speak on, the wisdom they pass on, and the knowledge that they transcribe for fellow believers. This credibility, coupled with knowledge of these individuals themselves and theme of topics and ideas between the works themselves, lends proper credibility to the authors and the books that they wrote.
If the works can be accepted as credible and valid for the time which they were written, how can they still be applicable to the modern audience? After all, most of the letters were written as letters to specific groups of people or Churches. As modern citizens, we have the benefit of modern communication and the extent to which the Gospel has already spread. We have easy access to churches, to copies of the Bible, and countless other sources of information and knowledge about Jesus Christ and the Christian faith. What can possibly be learned from works that are two thousand years old?
First, the opening books of the New Testament, the Gospels, are a record of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. They are our closest source of information regarding what He said and what He did. The books following the Gospels, excluding Revelations, help break down the meaning of His life and how that is applicable to the readers. The later books of the New Testament are in layman’s terms, a break down of the call that Christ places in the hearts of every believer. Through the teachings of the Apostles and the examples in the book of Acts , we are able to better understand the teachings of Jesus Christ and the true depth of his actions.
The list of topics goes on and on, the examples above only covering a fraction of what can be found in the book of Acts of the Apostles alone. These things were written to teach us the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and to build on them into the in-depth topics that help us answer the difficult questions that world is apt to throw at us. The teachings of the apostles equip us for the difficulties of being the minority as believers; submerged in a world that not disagrees with us, but that works against us as well.
The latter books of the New Testament also help to equip us not only as individual believers, but as members of the larger Body of Christ. Paul’s letters to the churches, Peter’s letters, and even the short book of Jude, all have crucial wisdom and practical solutions to the problems that churches faced not only two-thousand years ago, but that still apply to the church today. The applications of the teachings of the Apostles are timeless in the sense that they do not lose influence and truth when removed from their original audiences, but that carry both similar and unique ideas to any who reads through their pages today and tomorrow. Do you live in or near San Antonio, TEXAS, and are wanting to be apart of Apostolic Churches in San Antonio, TX.
We invite you to come and be apart of Pentecostal Life Church. It is our desire to be a book of Acts Holy Spirit filled Church and provided an Apostolic Church in San Antonio, TEXAS and the surrounding. Pentecostal Life Church is in a San Antonio suburb called Schertz TEXAS.
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Pentecostal Life Church Location: 1201 Oak St. Schertz, TX. 78154