As Christians, we find ourselves in situations where we have to choose a decent place to worship. We might have experienced it already in our lives. Maybe that time we shifted from our City to another City, or maybe when we recently began to have the desire to seek the Lord and we didn’t know where to start from. We might be confused with the fact that there are over a million different Christian churches in the world today while history says the is only one church of Jesus Christ which was established in the new testament. We can watch World Video Bible School, to understand why we have so many churches today when the Bible talks of a single church of Jesus Christ.
The main objective of this article is to help us with some tips to consider whenever we seek a place to worship. We cannot refuse to go to church because we think all the churches around us are denominations, or rationally conclude the is no perfect church today in the world, and forsake attending the church. We must remember that as Christ-followers we were called to obey the gospel, and Hebrew 10:25 (KJV) says that
this scripture recommends us not to stop attending the church services, but keep going for the edification of our souls. We have as an obligation to find a place of worship, as that we need to be certain that the place at which we choose to worship will lead us into being saved and prepare us for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
I have come up with a few points that could help us not get lost in seeking a place to worship, these tips have worked for me and the people around me. It’s good for these tips to be accompanied by prayers to engage the spirit of the Lord and get it involved in our desire to find a decent place of worship. I will discuss five of the points that I feel could enable us to distinguish between the church of Jesus Christ and the church of humans. These tips are not the only ones or the final point to consider out-there, the spirit of the lord can reveal some more to you, and it would be a blessing to us to have it shared with the world in the comments below.
Tips to consider when choosing a church?
- Eternal life
The first and the most important thing to why we choose Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal savior is eternal life. The Bible tells us that God loved the world and He gave us His son, for whoever believes in the son to not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16), and the new testament is full of quotes of Jesus Christ affirming that He is the way and life (John 5: 24/ 6:47/10: 28-30/11:25). Therefore, if we do go to church is to seek eternal life in believing in Jesus Christ’s teachings and obeying them. They shouldn’t be anything else be placed at the first position of His teachings, the church that doesn’t talk about Jesus Christ or doesn’t make it people to believe in Jesus more than anything (prophets, wealth, miracles, e.t.c…) is thereby not leading people to eternal life, it deceives the people and lead them to death. William Branham’s (1965) sermon on “Doors indoor“, illustrate that churches are doors that supposed to call people out of the world and lead them to a door that takes to eternal life. The door that takes to eternal life is Jesus Christ. A shocking scenario is to see the church losing its purpose, denominations are illusively imperfects the functions of the church. Anthony Smith (2006) state that in today’s world, many ministers and church members have lost their first love and have gone after strange spirits. The first love of the church is Jesus Christ, we Christian were called to love God with all our hearts, our soul and our minds (Mathew 22:37). But in today’s world, the church ceases to love God with its heart and soul rather tend to follow God with its minds. Denominations twist Jesus’ teachings to satisfy their lust of fresh, and ego, it has turned the church into an entertainment ground, a business place, a fashion show, and an organization. Thereby, forgetting to teach and live the saint doctrine which gives life. If you’re a serious believer or you desire to be one, by now you should be able to distinguish between the churches that prepare it members for eternal life and those that act as a stumbling block of the people to not get into eternal life.
Always ask yourself, if the church you wish to congregate with talks about Jesus as the savior, believes all of His teachings, obey His word and hope for eternal life through Him? From there, you can tell whether the same church prepares its members for eternal life or not.
The Bible tells us when we believed we were like little children who relied on fragile foods and we are expected to grow from infancy to maturity (Hebrews 6:1). A church shouldn’t only base its doctrine on basic elementary of gospel-like the foundation of repentance from behaviors that leads to death, and of faith in God. But seek to establish a doctrine of maturity. You may have noticed that we have congregations that base their teachings in prayers alone and fighting off demons, others hold doctrines that do not lead to growth in Christ, and many choose to teach only half of the truth and forsake the rest. However, the Bible demands the church to teach the all truth without living anything behind for people to attain maturity (2 Corinthians 13: 10-12). The church should be in its knees praying for its members to grow in knowledge, understanding, wisdom and bearing the fruit of good works (Colossians 1:9-10). The church should continue to teach people to live their life in Christ, based on the faith and the call they received (Colossians 2:6 -2). The church should spiritually help its members know how to distinguish between good and evil (Hebrews 5: 12-14). If a church does not lead people to growth then it is not a church of Christ. Spiritual growth does come upon having faith, and the Bible says faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). The church of Christ will teach the word of God to lead its members to attain faith in Jesus Christ and become mature in the knowledge of God.
Always ask yourself, what kind of doctrine does the church you desire to congregate with teach? Do the teachings lead to spiritual growth? Are the icons of the church showing the maturity regarding the teachings they received? If not, seek somewhere else and do not waste your time in empty worships.
Every church of Jesus Christ must be informative, they should inform people about the time we live in following the Biblical calendar. The Bible tells us about the watchman who has to attentively listen to the word of God and warn the people of God (Ezekiel 3:17). The church ministers have a mandatory like that of a watchman and warn the church of God in preparing the church for the second coming of Christ. The church should be a place of correction and not a dormancy house that does not care about the lifestyle of its people. The church of Christ will keep informing people and challenging their lifestyles. If you join a church that doesn’t challenge your moral values concerning the saint doctrine that wouldn’t be a church of Christ, and if they don’t inform you about the coming of Christ, then it’s a dead pool, leave it and seek another place to worship.
Always ask yourself, what kind of information does the church provide? Does the information challenge you in preparing your life for the second coming of Christ?
The church of Christ should be able to provide you with mentorship, and not cause confusion. The church of Christ will direct your life with God’s words and prayers, and not use human ways to help you solve your problems. If you see a church that takes people to police, involved in politics or using other spiritual mediators ( Note that the is only one mediator between human and God) to solve problems then it should be clear that the congregation is not of Christ but a denomination of humans found on men’s reasoning and leading people to a dead pool.
Ask yourself, Could that congregation you wish to worship with assist you settle down your problem in Christ’s manner?
A church should be a place to call home, a family of the saint and God-fearing people. The church should be like an oasis of hope in a desert of hopelessness. It should be a pillar of strength for the weak and a home for everyone.
Ask yourself, Do you feel yourself at home when you congregate with them? If not why?
Note some denominations might portray some of the points sited here. But a church of God will present you with all and possibly with some more traits that will tailor your life for Jesus Christ.
These are not the only points that could help in choosing a church to worship, I pray the spirit of God to assist you in choosing a better place to worship. The world would not deceive us because the scripture says we shall know them by their fruits (Mathew 7:15-20). Knowing a better place of worship raise your chances of understanding God’s ways, prepare your life and inherit the Kingdom of God. A bad congregation will lead you into the destruction of your soul and everlasting death, that is why I consider the choice of choosing a church as a personal duty.
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