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 102 FM-78, Schertz, TX, 78154.
Service times are Thursdays 7pm and Sundays 10:30am
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.