Are You Deciding Which Church To Attend?
Many people just follow their parents or friends into whatever church they go to. Others try to look for a church based on convenience, whether it’s because of easier parking, closer to home or has the best choir?
Somewhere on this earth, God does have a true church. That church is teaching the full Truth of the bible. For Jesus said “ I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Mathew 16:18). The word “Hades” means “the grave”. So the grave and all the powers of hell will not be able to destroy Christ’s Church down through the ages. The true Jesus Christ is the living Head and Ruler of His own Church. “And He puts all things under His feet, and gave to Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:22-23)
God’s true church will be found by those who are willing to expend the time and intellectual energy to check up and prove it by genuinely studying the Bible and sincerely following the very first instruction of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospels: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4)
The entire Bible was inspired by God and is written for us to study, to understand and to obey. The Apostle Paul was inspired to write: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The words contained in our own Bible are the words we should live by—not some other “books” written by men which are not part of the inspired manuscript God guided to be part of His Holy Bible. But Scripture is intended to give us reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness.
If you wish to worship the God of the Bible and His Son Jesus Christ, if you truly want their blessing and protection, you should earnestly, persistently and honestly try to find the Church that Jesus Christ built, of which He is the living Head (Ephesians 1:22), the Church that actually preaches and teaches His full Truth (Acts 28:30–31) and is doing His Work on earth today! You must be willing to sincerely and zealously “seek” the true God. You must be willing to serve and worship Him in the way He reveals in His inspired word!
Will you have the faith and courage to “check-up” on this and act on what you find to be theTruth?
When deciding which church to go to, look for signs whether the church is committed to teaching all of the word of God, teaching it in depth, and teaching it book-by-book and verse-by-verse. Don’t go for a church that is topical and uses too many illustrations. The pastor’s messages should be more than half an hour.
Look for godly men who flee sin and have a heart of love. Finally, look for a church where the people love each other, love strangers, are free to minister each other and have a passion for God.