Since we have a good frame work for looking for a church based primarily out the Bible there are some practical steps to attending a church. Whether you have been out of a church for a while or simply looking for a new one we have should have motivation to get into church. Hebrews 10 says “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” This seems to me a good motivator that assurance in part comes with the desire and consistence of attending church.
- Look to the internet. A lot churches have a website. Find out what they teach from a doctrinal statement if they have one posted. This really should be what matters to us the most. What do they believe about the Bible. This should come before anything else.
- Looking through the phone book. Although I think this is becoming an obsolete to some level there are still great methods to finding a good church.
- Talking with the pastor about things that matter.
- Attend a service Sunday and a mid week. I say this because then you can get an idea of the church if it isn’t apparent during the first visit.
- While attending have some conversations with people. Are people looking to be holy and serve God? Simply put that the church is trying to obey God’s commandments.
Questions to Ask Before Visiting
That is if it is possible to ask either by phone, email or person. Now you may not have the opportunity to do so but you can find out a lot about the church by talking to the Pastor.
- What is he teaching on this week?
- How would he tell someone to go to heaven. The pastor should be the person who can describe this the best.
- Is everyone going to heaven? If he gives room for people who don’t believe in Jesus Christ’s only work then find another church.
- Does he believe in a literal creation? Now there is a lot that can be said about this but Hebrews 11:3 tells us that “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. We give up ground on Genesis then what other areas are we going to give up.
- What is his personal salvation? I think this is just important because it falls in line with the previous about who is going to heaven. I think he should have a good idea about his own conversion. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15.
I live in Beaverton Oregon and attend Beaverton Grace Bible Church. If you live in Oregon and are looking for a church that is seeking to learn God’s word and obey his commandments then come visit the church. If you have questions feel free to email me here.
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