Scripturally Based Answers For life's Questions
Answer-Finding the Right Church
There are so many denominations in the Christian church, as well as many groups and religions that call themselves “Christian,” that it is difficult to discern what is right and what is wrong. It is difficult to know which church to attend and join. One will not find the right one by simply observing them or comparing them to each other. In fact, there is not one group that is perfect or has the teaching completely correct. The true church is a spiritual body that we are being baptized into by the Holy Spirit when we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.
CLICK-I Corinthians 12:13 says, “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” It is important to go to a good Christian church, one that believes, teaches, preaches and practices the truths of the Holy Scriptures, but one must remember that there is no such thing as the true church in an earthly, physical sense. The church here on earth is greatly used by God, and every believer should be part of one and serve therein. There are many wonderful churches all over the world, and it is God’s will for believers to be part of one.
Here are a few important reasons:
CLICK-Hebrews 10:24, 25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
In the church, we get challenged by the preaching, teaching and encouragement of other believers. We consider each other when we unite in the services, and we belong to a body of believers that functions together. We are called to consider each other and joining a church is the way that can be done. God warns us not to forsake the assembling together.
In CLICK-Acts chapter 1 2the church prayed together for the Apostle Peter because he was in prison, about to be killed for his faith, and God delivered him. The church must pray together.
As believers, we have a responsibility to each other, and the church is the main place to fulfill that responsibility.
CLICK-Acts chapter 2:41-47 describes how the church functioned in the beginning.
The apostle’s doctrine
It is the Bible, but specifically the New Testament. The apostles would teach the doctrine of the church based on the Old Testament principles as God revealed to them how they applied in the new covenant. They would also teach the ways of the new covenant, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. When we look for a good church, we must confirm the teaching and practice with what the Bible teaches, starting with salvation. The church is built upon the foundation that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, CLICK-Matthew 16:13-19. Any church that does not teach that salvation is only of Jesus Christ and received by faith, and that it is an act of God by grace, is not worth going to.
We are social creatures and are all in need of fellowship. The church is like a spiritual family where fellowship is common. It is not just hearing the preaching and then going home, it is a place where we have our friends, family and fellowship.
Breaking of bread
This was the way the church would remember what Jesus had done for them, giving His body and shedding His blood for the redemption of souls. The church must always be focused on Jesus Christ. Some churches get so hung up on programs, activities and promotions that there is no focus on Jesus Christ and what He did to purchase us for Himself.
God had called for the gospel message to be proclaimed to the entire world. The church has a purpose, and that purpose is to proclaim and demonstrate the truth and power of the gospel. A church that has no purpose is not worth going to.
The church is not just a place to go and get your own fill. It is a place where we share and give toward God and His work. The early believers had all things in common, in Acts chapter 4 it says that of all what they had, they did not consider it to be their own anymore. God’s people are a giving people. CLICK-Psalms 37:21 says, “The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives.”
CLICK-Luke 1:68-71 is a passage of Scripture that tells of the purpose for Jesus Christ’s coming and redeeming us, and it says that we could be saved and serve Him without fear all the days of our lives. The church is a place for us to hear the wonderful truth of God’s Word, but also a place to serve. All that go to church to serve God will be blessed and grow in their Christian faith. When we seek a good Christian church, we should do so with the purpose to serve there.