It is no secret that Jesus Christ desires a relationship with each and every individual to walk this Earth. We are His children, He wants to love and be loved by us. Unfortunately, Satan also desires our hearts, and will attempt to win us over with the temporary shine of sin. Jesus Christ gave His life so that we could be saved from bondage if we choose to believe, obey, and follow Him. Choosing to accept the love of Jesus Christ and obey His word with your life is the most important decision to be made in your life. If you choose to serve Him, you receive not only His love, but an eternal life spent in His presence. If you choose to reject Him and live in disobedience, you will miss out on the many blessing designed for you. On paper it seems like an easy choice. However, the nature of sin is to tempt us and to lull us into a false sense of comfort and security. The older we become and the longer we are exposed to sin then usually the harder it becomes for us to break from that false sense of comfort and security. We need to come to Jesus, that is a fact at any age. But, it is better for us, and for our children to come to Him as a little child.
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
To evidence the claim that it is better to come to Jesus as a child, look at His words in Mark 10: 13-16. During the days of Jesus’ ministry, it was well known that He held power, and many people believed in the power of His touch. For example, the woman in Luke 8 who seeks Jesus just to touch Him and be healed. So, many people were bringing their children to be healed and to be blessed by the power of Jesus. The disciples, seeing children as inferior and not as understanding, attempted to send the children away and rebuke them. They saw children as a waste of time for Jesus, after all they can’t understand and comprehend Jesus on the same level as an adult. But Jesus doesn’t respond by reiterating the disciple’s rebuke, instead He rebukes the disciples. For the children understood in a way that the disciples and adults did not.
Jesus invites the little children to come to Him because they have faith unlike that of the unbelieving adults. Children have not yet been blinded by the false comforts of sin and the world but are still exploring it with their hearts. Think of a baby that has just learned to crawl, it moves everywhere, touching and tasting everything. And while we as adults know that it is not safe to put everything in your mouth, the baby does it out of curiosity, attempting to discover each taste and object that it can. As the baby grows into a child, it continues to explore the world with the same enthusiasm and curiosity. Little children want to know, and they pursue that knowledge with limitless questions and an unparalleled sense of belief. Now, imagine if that was channeled into a search for the truth in Christ Jesus instead of being fixated on the things of this world. What if children were encouraged to consume Bible stories and Truth rather than toys and videogames?
If children were to be given the opportunity to consume the word of God and the love of Christ at the same rate as they are given the opportunity to consume the ideas of the world, then this world would be a radically changed one. The body of Christ would be radically changed, and the lives of millions of children all over the world would be made better. We need to come to Jesus as a child because it is never too soon to start experiencing His love. We need to come to Jesus as a little child because it is never too soon to start acting as part of His body.
Even the childhood Jesus spent time in the temple (Church) and discussing the ideas and messages of the Bible with those around Him. And, while it is true that little children won’t have the same depth and understanding as a well read and knowledgeable adult, they are still deeply inquisitive and will understand and retain Biblical concepts if given a chance to. Children know that this world is imperfect, they can see the evidence of sin and pain everywhere. Children also know what it is like to be loved and can understand the need for a love that is deeper than our own. Children can not only understand these things but can pursue them with a fervor virtually unseen in adults. Let your children be passionate about God. Introduce them to God’s love as a child. Bring them to a Bible believing Spirit Filled Apostolic United Pentecostal Church San Antonio Texas or one near you, and let your little children pursue Him from that day onwards. The sooner they connect to Jesus and a local Spirit filled Church San Antonio TX the sooner Jesus can be a foundational part of their own.
We invite you and your Children to connect with us at Pentecostal Life Church. Pentecostal Life Church is a Spirit Filled Pentecostal Church San Antonio Area and beyond. Our desire is to provide an Apostolic environment geared for Christian growth and development for those living in or near San Antonio Texas. Pentecostal Life Church is located in a Suburb of San Antonio TX called Schertz Texas.
The address for Pentecostal Life Church is 102 FM-78, Schertz, Texas 78154.
Do you need a Spirit Filled pastor in your life? With resources abundant in the age of technology, it may feel like the need for a Holy Spirit Filled pastor is dwindling. There are online resources, videos, discussion pages, and social media communities galore to be found on the internet. The pastor’s role as a teacher and shepherd may seem less important and more time consuming when the Bible can be studied either through the Book itself or online. However, the role of the pastor is much more than just someone to be listened to on Sunday mornings or mid week service and Bible study.
The Pastor’s role is primarily to teach and to instruct, but the depth of their role does not end there. The Pastor acts as the figurehead of the Church, leading it and choosing what directions and walks of faith the Church should take. By actively participating in Church and unifying with a body of Holy Spirit filled believers, you are also releasing some control to the pastor and his direction. In this regard, it is more a question of whether or not you should align with a physical Apostolic Church San Antonio TX instead of trying to lone wolf it and learn only through your own resources. However, once the decision is made to align with a Pentecostal Church San Antonio Texas area, it is important to foster the relationship you have with the Church and the pastor.
For example, let’s look at the role Jesus had with the disciples as their pastor and spiritual leader. Think of where the disciples came from before they met Jesus. Peter, James, and John were all fishermen. Matthew was a tax collector and left to their own devices they would have continued with these roles in relative spiritual ignorance. Without Jesus forging a relationship with each of these individuals and them taking the time to let that relationship grow and move them, many great strides in the Christian faith would not have been taken. If Peter hadn’t first accepted and been enriched by the pastoral relationship he had with Christ, then he never would have moved on to start the first Apostolic Churches. The same applies for each of Jesus’ disciples, past and present. Jesus desires not only a relationship between Himself and us, but between us and the leaders He has selected to lead us.
15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.
Jesus has called individuals to lead, to teach, and to help grow others in their faith. His work did not end when He rose from the grave and ascended into heaven. In fact, that event marks more a beginning of His work than it does the end. This is evidenced in the great commission that Jesus delivered to His disciples in between resurrection and ascendance.
Matthew 28: 16-19a
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, …
Jesus called the disciples of His day to be pastors to the masses that they encountered. That role has not changed with the changes in society and culture that have occurred in the 2000 years since Jesus’ ministry. That commission is still lived out by the pastors of today. The Pastor is an individual called and instructed by God to lead and to love His Church body. The Pastors have a special call on their life, and they are also there to assist with the calling that God has on your life.
Not only do they posses a generally deeper and more profound knowledge of Christ, but they are also there to assist others along their walks in the Christian faith. When you have questions on what to do with the direction and decisions of your life, who do you turn to? Is it your parents, perhaps a spouse, or even a mentor? What about your Pastor? They are called by God to be someone that can be turned to with these dilemmas. A Bible believing Spirit Filled Church pastor can instruct and to guide people through these difficult decisions.
If you are attempting to walk the Christian faith and to live your life in a manner pleasing to Jesus, then odds are that God has placed a pastor somewhere in your life. Maybe it’s someone you see on a weekly basis but seek no deeper relationship with. Perhaps its someone you’ve met in passing while visiting a United Pentecostal Church San Antonio Texas. Perhaps you don’t yet know who this person is, but regardless, there is a pastor out there for you. There is someone whom God has called to be knowledgeable and wise in the scriptures, someone to advise and instruct whenever necessary. There is someone who has walked the path long enough to know many of the obstacles that lay along the path. There is someone who is seeking people to help and to assist in growth. There is someone who God has called to speak into your life.
As you go about your business in the coming days, I hope that you already have a relationship like the one I’ve described. If you do not have a relationship like this already, I hope you will seek out the person that God has called you to build this relationship with. I hope that you will take the time to be enriched by the people that God has called to enrich. I hope that you will listen to the words that they speak from the pulpit and to the words that they speak into your life personally.
If you would like to be a member of a Holy Spirit Filled United Pentecostal Church San Antonio Texas area, we invite you to Pentecostal Life Church. Pentecostal Life Church is a United Pentecostal Church ( UPCI Church ) located in a suburb of San Antonio Texas, called Schertz Texas. Schertz is connected to San Antonio Texas, Universal City Texas, Cibolo Texas, Selma Texas, Garden Ridge Texas, and Converse Texas. The city of Schertz is also claimed by three Texas counties, which are Comal County, Bexar County, and Guadalupe County Texas. It is the desire of Pentecostal Life Church to provide a Full Gospel Apostolic Church in San Antonio TX area. Pentecostal Life Church is located at 102 FM-78, Schertz, TX 78154. Service times Sundays 10:30 am & Thursdays 7 pm.
Colossians 2: 19
19 They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
I would like to say from the start, “Don’t send your family to a Bible believing Spirit Filled Church only”. The head of any household is the guiding factor for that household’s daily and lifelong outcomes. If the head directs the body, but doesn’t follow suit with its directions, then the direction loses its meaning. A parent can’t say to their spouse and family, don’t steal, and then turn around and rob a convenience store. That is hypocrisy, but it is the same scenario and same outcome when people send their families to an Apostolic Pentecostal Church near them, but do not follow suit. If you truly believe that a Holy Spirit Filled Church San Antonio TX is where your family needs to be, then why is it not also the place that you need to be?
God wants to have a personal relationship with everyone. That is true regardless of age, race, background, or beliefs. No matter who you are, you are one of God’s children. He wants us to get to know Him as intimately as He knows us. If you believe that your children and family should foster that relationship, then why wouldn’t you also seek to foster your own relationship. God is not someone that can only relate and be understood by certain age groups, but He can be known, and known well, by all. A local Full Gospel Pentecostal Church is the perfect place for you and your family to grow closer to Him together.
Let’s look at a few of the benefits of attending Pentecostal Church as a family, instead of doing it piecemeal. First, the entire family is given the opportunity to learn the same lessons from the Bible at the same pace. This includes hearing the same sermons and Sunday School lessons, but often hearing them as geared towards their own age and level of understanding. This allows parents and children to grow at a similar pace and to assist each other in that growth. When parents and children encounter questions and challenging aspects of the Sunday School lesson that they do not understand, they can turn to the understanding of each other to find the wisdom they are searching for. If you send your family to Church only, but don’t also attend with them, then you are robbing them of the potential to turn to you for help and answers.
This in turn helps to foster relationships within your own family. As you continue to grow together, you are also spending valuable time getting to know one another deeper. You can see into each other’s lives and help address the struggles that your family deals with, each in their own way. Your children will see this wisdom that God transmits through you and it will build trust. As they grow older and come across larger challenges, they will remember the wisdom that they gained from attending Holy Spirit Church San Antonio and engaging in conversation with you. This will prove instrumental in the role of a parent as their child’s guide and advisor. As they come to you for advice, you can continue to build off of the things you learned together in an Apostolic Church setting. You can continue to seek His word on a deeper, more meaningful, and more personal level. The applications of what we learn in the Bible and in the walls of a Christian Church are endless, applying to every challenge at every stage of every person’s life. Do your family a favor, engage in those lessons with them, foster the knowledge with them, and impart God’s wisdom into them.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit thee out of my mouth.
If you don’t attend Bible believing Holy Spirit Filled Church with your family, you are sending them in an opposing direction from your own personal path. You are sending them in a positive direction of growth, while staying stagnant and lukewarm in your own journey. You cannot expect your family to go on the journey of faith while refusing to take it with them. The “do as I say, not as I do” attitude does not assist your family, it hinders and divides it. Don’t be a conduit of that division but be the factor that prevents division. Encourage your family as they each take on their individual Christian journeys. Let yourself be encouraged by the strength and support of your family. The journey was never meant to be taken alone. Don’t force your family to do it in division, and don’t allow yourself to stay stagnant.
Don’t just send your family to United Pentecostal Church San Antonio TX, come with them. Learn together. Listen to the wisdom of God together. Take the time to be enriched by the sermons that He has directed others to deliver. Don’t take the journey alone, but in unison. Jesus wants to have a relationship with you, and Jesus wants to have a relationship with your family. Take this journey together, support each other, and help each other grow.
If you are asking where is a Pentecostal Church near me? Pentecostal Life Church is a Pentecostal Church near me. Pentecostal Life Church is a United Pentecostal Church ( UPCI) located in Schertz Texas, which is a suburb of San Antonio. Schertz Texas is part of the San Antonio Metrocom and directly connects to a number of other San Antonio suburbs some are: Cibolo Texas, Selma Texas, Universal City Texas, New Braunfels Texas, Garden Ridge Texas, Converse Texas. Pentecostal Life Church also blesses Live Oak Texas. To suggest that these are the only San Antonio towns Pentecostal Life Church services would be untrue. Pentecostal Life Church has members that drive approximately one hour one way twice a week because they believe Pentecostal Life Church is the will of God for their lives. Schertz is Also claimed by 3 Texas counties. They are Comal County TX, Bexar County TX, & Guadalupe County TX.
Pentecostal Life Church invites you and your family to come be connected to our Church family and let’s grow in Jesus together.
Pentecostal Life Church meets at 102 FM-78, Schertz, TX, 78154.
Service times are Sunday 10:30 am & Thursday 7PM.
It’s Sunday Morning, you’ve been up for two hours getting yourself and your children up, fed, and dressed for church. As you go about your morning routine, you hear one of your children complaining about having to be up early. It’s the weekend after all, they want to sleep in while they have the opportunity. Another child wanted to spend the night at a friend’s house the night before, but you knew that they wouldn’t attend Church for Sunday School or Children’s ministry if they did so. Your children aren’t happy with you and are throwing a fit. You have two options, you can either take them to a Holy Spirit filled Apostolic Church service or leave them at home to cease their complaining. What do you do? Should children be made to go to Church even if they don’t want to go?
The answer, in short, is yes. Children don’t always want to go to school either, but most parents would agree that making them go is still the thing to do. Why? Because parents want their children to learn, grow, and mature. By making your children go to school despite their protests, parents are pushing them to achieve more. They are also being taught the important lesson that not everything in life is 100% fun. However, like school, Pentecostal Churches San Antonio TX offers a unique blend of fun and growth. Church is an opportunity for your children to grow socially, spiritually, and scholastically while having fun and enjoying themselves.
When you take your children to Full Gospel Churches San Antonio Texas, they are joined with other children and families that share similar interests and desires. Odds are, your children are not the only ones that have issues with going early in the morning. But, once your children and the others arrive, they are placed into an environment with plenty of friends to socialize with. They are often presented with time to play and talking, getting the necessary socialization that they crave and that is essential to growth. Unbeknownst to them, they are also developing healthy relationships within a network of Christian believers. Friends made at United Pentecostal Churches San Antonio TX area share some of the same beliefs and lifestyles as your children and can therefore be a more positive influence on their lives. It starts with small opportunities to socialize, but as the children grow up together, the foundation between themselves and the Lord will grow stronger as well. When presented later in life and in school with the opportunity to either follow the crowd or do what they know to be right, the friends made by going to a Full Gospel Spirit Filled Pentecostal Church San Antonio will help keep them grounded and directed towards the Lord.
Matthew 19: 14
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Bible believing, Jesus loving, local Community Church is the best place for your children to learn more about the Lord Jesus Christ and what His sacrifice means to their lives. Even at an age as young as three, when they are beginning to learn about the world in earnest, the message of Jesus is something that they can not only learn and comprehend but be enriched by. When you, as a parent, take your children to Church, you are instilling that message within the very foundation of their being. Smaller children especially, are still figuring out the majority of who they are and where their interests lie. By exposing them to the love of Jesus, by simply giving them the opportunity to hear His teachings, you are solidifying their moral and spiritual foundation to support them the rest of their lives. So, when they grow into adolescence and eventually into adults themselves, they can rely on the knowledge and faith that you helped instill in them when they were children. From the moment when all people are born, there is a hole in their life that can only be filled by Jesus Christ. It is never too early to start exposing them to the “Living Water” that Jesus provides.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
The Church, Sunday School in particular, is a phenomenal setting for children to learn and grow scholastically as well. On an average Sunday morning, children are exposed to reading, writing, arts and crafts, and proper communicative skills. They are challenged to think critically, reading scripture and analyzing it in a way that is applicable to them. These are skills that aren’t often touched upon sincerely until the third and fourth grades. So, by bringing your children to Sunday school and Children’s Church, you are also giving them a stepping stone ahead of what the average child would receive without Children’s Church or kids Sunday School San Antonio TX They are being pushed to read scriptures, to commit many to memory, and to apply what those scriptures teach them to their everyday lives. There is no end to the applications of what can be learned in a Sunday School classrooms. When you bring your children to Church, you are setting them up for scholastic and career success by challenging them in a unique, fun, and interesting way.
When you bring your children to Sunday School, you are doing what is best for them. It is as simple as that. Not everything that helps us to grow and achieve is the most fun thing in the moment, but in the long run it has the best payoff. It is true that Church might not always be fun, and there may be more fun alternatives for your child. Sometimes the lessons are hard to grasp, but that does not diminish their importance in the life of a growing child. Remember, Full Gospel Pentecostal Church San Antonio area brings them together to socialize, to be challenged academically, and to grow spiritually in their walk with the Lord Jesus. If you are seeking a place where your children can grow in the three ways listed above, then we encourage you to join Pentecostal Life Church. Here, both you and your children can find a positive space to grow, to learn, and to enjoy yourselves in the company of a Bible believing Holy Spirit filled setting.
Pentecostal Life Church is located in the San Antonio suburb called Schertz TX. Schertz Texas is claimed by three Texas counties, they are Comal County Texas, Bexar County Texas, Guadalupe County Texas. Schertz also is connected to Cibolo Texas, Universal City Texas, New Braunfels Texas, Converse Texas, Garden Ridge Texas, Selma Texas, San Antonio Texas. Pentecostal Life Church also has members from San Antonio suburbs like Live Oak Texas and Windcrest Texas. If you would like your family exposed to a Spirit Filled Pentecostal Churches then prayerfully consider coming to Pentecostal Life Church. Pentecostal Life Church is affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church International ( UPCI ). If you have wondered where is a Pentecostal Church near me, Pentecostal Life Church is a Holy Spirit filled Pentecostal Church near you. Pentecostal Life Church is a UPCI Church near me.
Pentecostal Life Church is located at 102 FM-78, Schertz, Texas 78154
Service times are Sunday 10:30 am & Thursday 7 pm.
Lazarus, what does that name mean to you? To most, it is the name of a man once dead, but raised from the dead by Jesus Christ. It is a preview of sorts of the latter death and resurrection of Jesus. It is a simple moment that helps define and extend the then known limits of Jesus’ power to His disciples. It is an example of revival, and how that can only be achieved through the means of Jesus Christ. Lazarus was dead, he ceased to live, and his earthly potential was diminished. But Jesus is not of this Earth, the Earth is in fact of Him. So, Jesus revived Lazarus’ body and in turn his spirit and the potential his life held. Jesus later performed a similar miracle when he died upon the cross and was later resurrected three days later. It is important to remember His sacrifice and the core of what it means for our earthly lives.
Just as Jesus saved Lazarus from the chains of death, He has freed all who choose to follow Him from the death that we are victims to because of our sin.
Ephesians 2: 1-2
1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
Whereas Lazarus received a revival of body, we have received a revival of spirit. While sin is still an obstacle to all man and women during their time on Earth, it is no longer the end of the line. When anyone sins, our hearts become blemished. We have violated God’s commandments and have been separated from His presence because of our imperfections. The wages of sin is death, meaning that under the law, sin should cause eternal separation from God. Thankfully, God loves us enough to offer us a chance at revival. He extends this offer through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a human life, but He did not sin, fulfilling the commandments as indicated by the Law. However, Jesus still died on Good Friday. He chose to take the wages of sin, despite it not being required of Him. He took on that punishment so that we wouldn’t have to. He offered us a second chance, He offered us revival. This is again reflected in the story of Lazarus, as Jesus converses with Lazarus’ sister, Martha.
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again. 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
If Jesus can revive Lazarus, He can revive the spirit of any individual, and so then shall He revive the spirit of a city, state, or nation? It’s no secret that the world is not a perfect place. We live in a society filled with violence, crime, hate, greed, and every other sin imaginable. It seems hopeless and bleak at times, especially when those issues become present in a Church or among believers. But don’t worry, because Jesus also spoke of these issues before ascended into heaven.
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[b] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
This world is not meant to be pleasant, especially for Christians who are actively trying to spread the love and message of Jesus Christ. But, He would not commission His followers to such an insurmountable task if He was not also leaving them well equipped. As believers, we have not only inherited His gift of eternal life, but the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. As believers we must stand united under His Spirit and His purpose. So, I will close this post with a call to action, and a request for this nation.
As we see the world around us submitting to sin, as we see the chaos spreading around our cities, homes, and schools; let us pray. As we deal with struggles in our families, in our friends, and in our co-workers; let us pray for revival in San Antonio, in Texas, in our nation and around the world. As Satan hits us with everything that He’s got, temptation after temptation passes our way; join other Full Gospel Holy Spirit filled Apostolic Pentecostal Churches in San Antonio TX and let us pray for revival. Let us pray not that these struggles, issues, and sins will simply go away; but that the Lord Jesus Christ will revive our spirits and fill millions with the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost). Let us pray that Jesus brings revival to all of His children. Let us pray that the Church be unified and ignited with renewed fervor for it’s message. Let us pray for revival. Join other United Pentecostal Churches in San Antonio as we seek the face of God for revival. San Antonio and near by suburbs desperately needs revival. If we had a great Holy Spirit sweeping revival it could affect the entire state of Texas. When need the Holy Ghost to affect San Antonio like it did in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost! Let us call the names of a few of the counties by name that need revival. (if I miss one please call that name in prayer for revival as well.)
Bexar County Texas needs revival!
Comal County Texas needs revival!
Guadalupe County Texas needs revival!
Wilson County Texas needs revival!
As you go about your week please pray with us that a spirit of revival comes and sweep the world. Pray with us that we shall no longer be asleep like Lazarus, but be raised by the power of Christ.
We at Pentecostal Life Church would like to extend a welcome to you to come in person and join with other Full Gospel Holy Spirit Filled Apostolic Church believers in praying for revival. Pentecostal Life Church is affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church Internal. (UPCI) Pentecostal Life Church is located in a Suburbs of San Antonio Texas called Schertz. Here are some towns within 7-20 minutes of Pentecostal Life Church depending on traffic.
Cibolo TX 78108
Garden Ridge TX 78266
Universal City TX 78148
New Braunfels TX 78130 78131 78132 78135
Converse TX 78109 78239
Selma TX 78154
Live Oak TX 78148 78233
Windcrest TX 78218 78239
San Antonio TX which is Schertz largest suburb ;D
Pentecostal Life Church location 102 FM-78. Schertz, TX 78154
Service time Sunday 10:30 am & Thursday 7 pm
Should online preaching take the place of going to a local community Church physically? With the growing capabilities of technology and live-streaming service in today’s Church, this question has come up lately with increasing frequency. It’s no secret that it is often easier to view sermons and Church sermon via the screen of your phone, the comfort of your living room, or the speed of your laptop. But does this ease of access come with the same benefits of attending Church in person? Online sermons have been a blessing to someone bedridden or the shut in, but to the most part the bedridden shut in percentage is low indeed. Please allow me to present the case of why attending Church Physically is so important and then decide for yourself.
Easier access does not always indicate a better solution. There is much more to be lost in electronic Church attendance than there is to be gained. To support this claim, let’s look at a mission statement for the Church straight from the pages of Acts.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
One of these devotions taken upon by the Church can be achieved through online attendance, but two of them cannot. The apostle’s or pastor’s teaching can be transmitted through online platforms nearly the same way that it can be transmitted in person. The pastor delivers a message and people listen to it, take notes, circle scriptures, and take the messages to heart. While the ability to interact with the Pastor and ask questions is diminished if done only online. Some claim that the principal and execution of the sermon remain relatively unchanged online without taking into account the spirit and atmosphere within the physical setting. What many people fail to understand is there are needful teachings & sermons that are not usually aired online for the fear it would be taken out of context or misunderstood. However, there are folks that are apart of an audience where it is clear everything is being done for the benefit of those that are not willing or can’t come to Church in person. Not everyone feels comfortable being open in worship while being live streamed. On the other side of the coin there are those that really ham it up in order to give a good show with the viewers in mind. It needs to be pointed out though, some things would be misunderstood unless delivered in the proper setting. For this reason many pastors keep the real meat for those that show up locally for midweek service and give the cotton candy and spiritual Slim Jims to the online viewers. Christian Show business is dumbed down for the broader viewers by and large. Still others seem to resemble Clowns for Christ in order to wow the viewers. (When I say, “Clowns for Christ”, I’m not referring to Children’s ministry which has made a positive impact on many children). Prayerfully consider being connected to a full Gospel Bible believing Spirit filled Apostolic Pentecostal Church near you instead of being a Christian show business junky. Being connected to a local Church body verses online only is like comparing a 16 once steak at a local steak house to a Slim Jim meat stick from the gas station. One takes longer to get, cost more, and requires a higher level of commitment. Speaking of commitment is that the real issue?
Group prayer can prove more difficult when Church is attended solely online instead of in person. There is a lack of personal connection, and many members may not even know what face to put to the name. This doesn’t diminish the power of their prayer, but it can prove more difficult for them in knowing what to pray. How can you thoroughly pray for someone if you don’t have even a general idea of who they are and what they are going through. When an individual attends Church physically each Sunday, they are allowing themselves to get to know others and to get to be known. People recognize them, they learn their personalities, and they begin to be able to tell when something is weighing on the individual. This sparks conversation, and when it comes to prayer, those praying are better equipped to deal with the situation. When attempting to submit a prayer request online, it may be difficult to get the need or situation across to the other parties. It may be difficult to let the individual seeking prayer know that they are being prayed for and just how they are being prayed for at that. There is a divide created by the lack of relationship between an online viewer and a Church member. When I received the Holy Spirit it was in a Church setting where other Holy Spirit Filled believers where physically present and were praying with me and for me at the time the Holy Ghost filled me. To this day I am grateful to the believers that cared enough to come to a gathering physically and pray with me. The Spirit filled believers didn’t know there would be a young person at a crossroads in the service that needed their prayers ahead of time; they simply showed up physically and God used them. There was a powerful presence of the Lord that gripped my heart that day that no video recording could capture.
The another challenge facing individuals that might seek online participation instead of personal attendance is the lack of fellowship. Think of the disciples and their individual relationships with Jesus and with each other. While many of them started as strangers and mere acquaintances, they performed great outreach and work because of their unity in fellowship. Once Jesus rose again and rose to Heaven, the fellowship that He fostered between the disciples allowed them to move into the world and work together for the singular cause of pointing others to salvation through Jesus Christ. When a modern day individual chooses to watch sermons from the comfort of their home instead of in the presence of a Church body, they are forsaking the principal of fellowship.
Again, the scriptures highlight the folly of forsaking the body as a whole.
1 Corinthians 12: 15-20
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
If one part of the body refuses to join in purpose and fellowship with the other part of the body, then it loses purpose itself. God calls each of His followers to serve with a distinct purpose as a member of His body. This applies within the individual bodies of different Churches, and to the kingdom as a whole. If someone chooses to learn, but not to grow in fellowship and support other believers, then they act as a stumbling block for the body as a whole.
Sermons are where the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord is learned, but relationships are where that knowledge and wisdom is put into practice. When you foster relationships with fellow believers, you are allowing them to speak into your life and they are allowing you to speak into theirs. So, when either of you face struggles, challenges, or obstacles along your journey as church believers together you both can impart further spiritual wisdom and hold each other accountable for it. The relationships between believers are what keeps the body moving in a positive direction. By encouraging each other, the body keeps moving forwards. By listening to each other, the body can heal any wounds between its members or between itself and the world. By working together in the name of Jesus Christ, His message and His salvation are spread further than any one individual could spread them alone.
So, there is importance to attending Church in person. There is a duty to your fellow believers and to yourself to foster the relationships and strengthen the body. Without the fellowship between believers, the body grows weak, and His message can be hindered instead of helped.
Prayerfully consider being apart of a local full Gospel Apostolic Holy Spirit filled Pentecostal Church San Antonio TX. We at Pentecostal Life Church would like to invite you to be apart of our Church Family. Pentecostal Life Church meets in a suburb of San Antonio Texas, called Schertz. Schertz is claimed by three Texas counties. They are Bexar County Texas, Comal County Texas, Guadalupe County Texas. The town/ suburb of Schertz, TX borders New Braunfels Texas, Cibolo Texas, Garden Ridge Texas, Universal City Texas, Selma Texas, Converse Texas, and San Antonio Texas. People from Live Oak Texas have been coming to Pentecostal Life Church as well. Pentecostal Life Church is a United Pentecostal Church serving San Antonio and surrounding areas. We at Pentecostal Life Church understand we are not the only Spirit Filled Church serving the Greater San Antonio Texas area. If you are already connected to a Bible believing Pentecostal Church in San Antonio Texas stay where you are and be a blessing to the local Church body where Jesus has planted you. If you are not connected to a local Full Gospel Holy Spirit Filled Apostolic Pentecostal Church San Antonio Texas area come join Pentecostal Life Church.
Pentecostal Life Church meets at 102 FM-78, Schertz, Texas, 78154.
Service times Sunday 10:30 am & Thursday 7 pm.