The Holy Spirit has been stirring some hearts toward a deeper study of the Word of God; you may have felt it as well. Jesus Himself instructed, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)
To search, in this case, means to dig deep, to unearth the treasures of the Bible that reveal the real Jesus in all His glory. Is there anyone among us who would not desire to know Him at that level? The Apostle Paul gave this instruction to a young man called to serve God:
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15
One should not dare serve the Lord without taking the previous Scripture seriously. Someone shared the following message on social media: “Pentecostals are like Rottweilers in their praise but like Chihuahuas in their Bible knowledge.” — Anonymous
In essence they were asserting that Apostolics place a high value on singing and praising while disregarding Bible study as unimportant or worse, unnecessary; the result, they say, is that Pentecostals are ignorant of the teachings of the Bible.
While the quote is meant to be offensive, according to statistical studies, it may contain more truth than we would like to acknowledge. Sadly, some people that have many years as converts have grown very little in their understanding of the Scriptures, and are unable to give a basic Bible study to an inquiring neighbor in need of the Gospel. THE NEED IS EVIDENT:
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food…” (Hebrews 5:12)
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16)
In July of 1984, he became the Pastor of Fountain of Truth Church in Fontana, CA where he continues to serve as the Senior Pastor, a position which has now become – a legacy. Throughout his many years of ministering to the people of the surrounding Inland Empire, he has had the opportunity to reach thousands of lives, as he has traveled over 2 million miles around the US and the world to regions in Europe, Central and South America, Mexico, Canada and many more. Pastor Valverde earned a Masters of Arts in Religion from the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico; he has written many studies and recently wrote his first book on matters of the family, Siembra Viento, Cosecha Torbellino.
In 2017 Pastor Sam had the vision to open Fountain of Truth Bible Institute, which offers classes that expand the theological scope. FTBI is unique as it is livestreamed, allowing students from all over the world to register and participate in the sessions. We know FTBI will continue to grow and bless many lives.
G. JORGE MEDINA has taught in Bible schools for 16 years. He has two earned Master’s degrees. The first is a Master’s in Theological Studies from Urshan Graduate School of Theology (UPCI) under the tutelage of David K. Bernard, and the second is a Master of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Biblical languages from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including various used as reading requirements to obtain ministerial license; he is also one of the contributors to the study notes in the monumental Apostolic Study Bible. Lastly, Bro. Medina is the Director of Defenders of the Faith, a well-known ministry with a global scope.