RECOGNIZING A GOOD CHURCH
1 Good Doctrine
The first thing a good church MUST have is good doctrine. You might wonder why there are many churches that don’t have good doctrine. Find that answer below. Why is doctrine so important? Find out here.
2 Look at these qualities
- Don’t look for the perfect church, because once you find it, it won’t be perfect. We are all sinners and once a sinner walks through the door perfection is lost.
- Sinners attend regularly. Though they should not be happy in their sin, a good church is made up of sinners who realize their need for God.
- The people are not stuffy nor judgmental.
- They teach from the Old Testament and the New Testament…they teach the whole counsel of God.
- They have a spirit filled attitude towards tithing and contributions. That is they shouldn’t be begging or manipulating you for your money.
3 Pray, pray, pray and then attend
- God is calling you to fellowship with other believers. Save yourself some pain and obey God.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to a good church… but don’t put it off. The Holy Spirit is already telling you to go to church through the Word of God.
- Attend several services. Be friendly as you enter, people will be friendly back to you. Don’t walk in sour faced waiting for somone to bless you. That is not of God.
- Talk with the greeters. Ask them questions. They are just waiting for someone like you to help and to serve.
- Pray just before the worship and the teaching. Ask God to speak to you through His Word. Ask God to help you worship Him.
Churches are full of hypocrites; I went to church and found jerks; I don’t need church.
- Are you sure that the church was full of hypocrites?
- A hypocrite is someone who says one thing and does another. A hypocrite is not somone who says live this way, attempts to live that way and then fails. Would a parent be a hypocrite if they told their children that it is wrong to lie? People lie all the time, but parents should still instruct their children on right from wrong and it is wrong to lie.
- Christians try to live up to the ideals that Jesus taught, but Christians fail all of the time. One of the differences between Christians and non-Chrisitians is that Christians are at war between their fleshly nature (sin) and their new spirit (in salvation.) Non-christians are at peace in their sin or they don’t take the battle seriously.
- If someone was a jerk before they got saved (that is came to know Christ) then they will still be a jerk after they are saved. Though God through the Holy Spirit will work on that, the process is far from instantaneous.
- God never says leave the church, even churches with doctrinal, disciplinary or sin problems. Just read 1 and 2 Corinthians where the Apostle Paul deals with some serious sin issues in the Corinthian church. Paul calls the Corinthian church to repentance and instructs them on how to fix their problems. He never, ever, never tells them to leave.
- Read what Jesus told the seven Churches in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3. Though Jesus rebukes 5 of the 7 churches He NEVER calls them out of the church.