“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”
Yesterday, we talked about the fact that attending a local assembly is an action expected of us by God, and an instruction given to us by the Apostles. Today, we want to talk about how you should choose a local church.
Don’t just assume anyone close to your house should be alright. When you want to choose what hospital or school to attend, you don’t just pick the one closest to you. Although you’re more likely to choose one that friends or family members attend, that is not your major motivation.
If you care about the standard of education and health care you and your family are subject to, how about the standard of spiritual health and education? That said, today, we will discuss one thing that you must look out for before deciding what church to attend; it is the understanding of the gospel portrayed there.
This is both fundamental and crucial. Your understanding of the gospel is the centre-piece of your Christian Faith. Jesus died for our sins. Those who believe in Him have eternal life, not by any qualification of theirs but by faith. To be indifferent about it is to betray the history of the Church and to despise the labours of our heroes of faith many of whom gave their lives for the gospel.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Don’t give this up for anything in the world!
DO THIS: Before choosing a local assembly, investigate its understanding of the gospel.