“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Acts 2:42 NKJV
When making important decisions, we tend to put a lot of time and effort into research. When choosing a university or college, we ask questions and check their track record of success.
We do the same thing when deciding on what hospital to go to for the first time or what insurance plan to choose. We often have certain parameters that influence our choice.
If we could put this much thought into these everyday decisions, why then do people choose a church without considering the important things? There are four main signs to look out for when considering a church to call home.
First and most importantly, you should consider the church’s understanding of the gospel. If they have everything else that seems good but miss this, then it’s a complete zero for them. Remember, that salvation is for everyone by grace alone, through faith in Christ Jesus alone and for the glory of God alone.
Secondly, consider their doctrine on money. Wrong doctrine on money is often indicative of misplaced priorities and misinterpretation of scripture.
While we must understand that the gospel and blessings of God cannot be tied to any financial or material gain to be acquired, we should also see money as a tool for the spread of the gospel, and to cater for our needs. Therefore, put money in its place.
Thirdly, ask, “Is the church mission minded?”. True belief in the Gospel shows in our response to its spread. This is not a question of numerical growth. What does the church teach about evangelism? How is this expressed in how the members take action for the spread of the gospel?
To cover the earth, we must be intentional about preaching the gospel (Mathew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18, II Corinthians 5:18-20). This is the main reason why the church exists.
Finally, observe the charismatic ministry of the church and its attitude to spirituals. There are many wrong doctrines and misinterpretations of the working of the Spirit in many churches today.
It is important that we believe the right things about healing, miracles, speaking in tongues and prophecies. (I Corinthians 12:1, I Corinthians 14, I Thessalonians 5:19-20)
The decision of what church you belong to has a great impact on the pace and consistency of your spiritual growth. It is important for your progress and joy in the faith. Take it seriously.
Bible Reading Plan:
John 8:31-47, II Peter 3:1-9, Job 6, Ezekiel 17-19