Gospel, taken from the term gospel, means the Good News. This term is most typically applied to the first four books of the New Testament; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Gospel details the accounts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It is the revelation of Old Testament prophecy, the culmination of the journey that Abraham lead his people on, and part of the foundation of Christianity.
The Gospel plays many roles in this respect and is the foundation of Christian teaching and learning. There is power in the name of Jesus Christ, and there is also great power in the teachings of His life. There are stories of teachings and events in the life of Jesus Christ found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Here are a few examples:
- Direct Instruction from Christ himself: The Primary Commandments, Matthew 22: 34-40
- 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
- Parables: Parable of the Mustard Seed, Mark 4: 30-32
- 30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
- Healing: Healing a Blind Man, Mark 8: 22-26
- 22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.”
These are just three examples of the types of lessons that can be gleaned from the gospels, with countless more abundant in His word. There is no end to the application of Jesus’ life in our own lives. The Bible is the truth of what we as Christians believe, it is the path that all Christians are started on as they learn the basics of who Jesus Christ is and what His life means when applied to their own. Yet, at the same time, it is also a collection of some of the more complex and advanced teachings of Jesus Christ. The Gospels may only occupy four of the Bible’s sixty-six books, but it is still one of the most complex and necessary components of the good Book.
So, we have established the content and meaning of the Gospels, but what is its power? What makes gospel preaching any different from topical or other scriptural preaching?
The fact of the matter is that Apostolic Full Gospel Gospel preaching saves lives. The lessons taken from later in the new testament are built on these by preaching and teaching by the apostles for salvation and for growing deeper in faith. The lessons taken from the Old Testament are perfect for establishing the need for Jesus Christ and showing the evidence of Him throughout history. The message of life, death, and resurrection from the Gospel can truly save a person’s soul if Biblically applied.
Peter and the other apostles told the crowd what to do on the Day of Pentecost found in
Acts 2:37-39 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Note that Peter just preached about the life, death, resurrection of Jesus Christ. After the people believed that Jesus was the Christ then they where ordered to applying the Gospel to their lives. You see by the examples found in the Acts of the apostles recorded in the book of Acts that repentance, baptism in Jesus name, and receiving the Holy Spirit is part of receiving the Gospel personally.
Faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life in Heaven. Jesus Christ is the Good News; therefore, He should be preached endlessly. There is endless power and potential in the preaching of His Gospel. Only Jesus can restore, only He can heal, only He can truly change lives and shape them for the better.
If you would like to be part of a Full Gospel Spirit Filled Pentecostal Church in San Antonio Texas, then you are invited to Pentecostal Life Church. Pentecostal Life Church is located in a suburb of San Antonio Texas called Schertz Texas. Schertz is claimed by three Texas counties they are Bexar County Texas, Comal County Texas, and Guadalupe County Texas. Pentecostal Life Church desires to provide a Holy Spirit Filled Apostolic Church in San Antonio Texas and surroundings suburbs. Some of the San Antonio suburbs Pentecostal Life Church blesses are: Cibolo Texas, Universal City Texas, Garden Ridge Texas, New Braunfels Texas, Selma Texas, Live Oak Texas, and Converse Texas. Pentecostal Life Church is part of the United Pentecostal Church International, also known as the UPCI.
Pentecostal Life Church currently meets at 1201 Oak Street, Schertz, TX, 78154.
Service times are Thursdays 7pm and Sundays 10:30am