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How to---CHOOSE THE RIGHT CHURCH

In today’s world, finding the right church can be a frustrating experience. There seems to be many paths, opinions and confusion along the way. Coupled with that, there is a great amount of diversity and choices available. We also live in a global society where we are introduced to faiths that seem to contradict the spiritual foundations that our society was built upon.

We find ourselves living in an intellectual age in which many established truths are challenged as being antiquated and not relative to today’s world. Many believe that mankind has become self-sufficient. They believe that man has risen to a place of wisdom and knowledge where dependency or need of a Supreme Being is not only not necessary, but actually frowned upon.
In spite of this changing world, many find their peace in understanding that some things never change, that some things are eternal. For us, it is not hard to comprehend the existence of God and to acknowledge his involvement in our affairs. Having acknowledged God’s presence in our lives than we can accept his guidance and direction. Here are some guidelines to assist you in finding the right place to worship, things to look for in a New Testament church.

 

In spite of this changing world, many find their peace in understanding that some things never change, that some things are eternal. For us, it is not hard to comprehend the existence of God and to acknowledge his involvement in our affairs. Having acknowledged God’s presence in our lives than we can accept his guidance and direction. Here are some guidelines to assist you in finding the right place to worship, things to look for in a New Testament church.

* Biblical Basis-- The Bible has stood the test of time. No other literary work in history has had the impact of this book. The Bible is God’s inspired word. It has been divinely given, preserved and handed down to us as Christians. In the Bible we discover God’s person, ways and thoughts. The Bible is one book, comprised of 66 individual books. There are 1,189 chapters, 31,175 verses written by 40 different authors. It was written over a period of 1600 years, in 13 different countries, on 3 different continents, in at least 3 different languages. It was written by a diverse group of people that included kings, shepherds, princes, soldiers, businessmen, priests and fisherman. Yet, through all this, the Bible has but one theme-Salvation, one God- Jehovah, one redeemer-Jesus Christ, one enemy-satan, one purpose-Glorifying God. The Bible is the basis for our knowledge of God and how we can have a relationship with him. It is his revelation of himself to us. A true New Testament church will base it’s doctrine upon the word of God

Scripture Readings: 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:14-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21, Hebrews 4:12

James 1:21-25, Psalms 19:7-11

* Christ Centered-- Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, sent into the world to save sinners. The Bible says that “there is no other name under heaven whereby men can be saved“. Jesus said that “he was the way, the truth and the life and no one comes unto the Father but by him“. There are not many paths, just one. Jesus died for the sins of the world, was buried and then raised from the dead by the power of God. The Bible says that he now sits at the right hand of God interceding for those who would believe on his redemptive work. No other man made the claims that Jesus made. No other man has ever made the impact that Jesus has made. In the words of one poet, he is either a liar, a lunatic or he is Lord. A true New Testament church will acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Scripture Readings: John 3:16-17, John 10:7-30, John 14:6-14, Acts 4:10-12, Romans 10:9-13, Philippians 2:5-11

* Holy Spirit Led-- After the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus he ascended to the right hand of the Father where he intercedes on behalf of the saints. On the day of Pentecost God sent the Holy Spirit into the church to be an ever present presence in our life. He is here to produce the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in us and to empower us with the gifts and anointing of the Holy Spirit. As Christians our bodies become the temple of the Holy Spirit. Our churches should be a manifestation of the Holy Spirits presence operating in us today.

Scripture Readings: Ephesians 1:17-23, Hebrews 7:24-8:2, 10:11-18, Luke 24:45-53, John 14:15-18, 14:26-31, 16: 7-15, Acts 1:4-8, 2:All, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11,Galatians 5:22-26

* Evangelistic-- One of the signs of a true New Testament church is that it’s vision and purpose is outward not inward. The Lord’s final instructions to the disciples is what we call the “Great Commission”. They were instructed to take the “Gospel” which means “the good news” out into the world. Jesus told them “to go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the earth”. Church’s are not intended to be cliches or social clubs.

Scripture Readings: Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-20, Acts 1:8, 2:42-47, 5:42

* Inclusive not exclusive--The Biblical mandate is clear, Jesus came into the world to save sinners, he came to seek and save that which was lost. He did not come to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved. It is his desire that none should perish, that whosever will may come. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. He come that we might be adopted into the family of God. He came to destroy the works of the devil. he is no respecter of persons. His eyes do not see color, race, creed, sect or sex. True New Testament church’s embrace the thoughts and attitudes of it’s Lord. Disciples are those who live under the disciplines of their master.

Scripture Readings: John 3:16-17, 6:35-40, 1 John 4:7-5:12, Romans 10:11-15, Galatians 3:26-28

*Alive-- True New Testament churches are not museums or monasteries. They actually are not even organizations, but living organisms . Jesus said that out of our bellies would flow rivers of living water. God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth, for these are the kind of worshippers the Father is seeking. Churches are a gathering place for God’s people. We gather to edify and equip each other. We come together to share and express our love for and our relationship with, Jesus Christ. That expression should be tangible, a result of the joy and peace we have discovered in him. We have a Biblical mandate to worship, adore and to praise him. We are to do this in our life, our conversation and our worship. We are instructed to sing, clap, shout, dance and play musical instruments declaring the goodness of God. New Testament church’s are places were there is freedom and encouragement for worship. The Bible says that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty or freedom.

Scripture Readings: John 4:13, 4:23-24, Ephesians 5:18-20, Romans 12:1, Colossians 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Hebrews 13:15, Psalms 40:3, 1 Chronicles 15:28, Psalms 63:4, 95:6, 149:3, 150:4, 47:1, 66:1, 95:1, Rev. 5:1-21, 19:1-10, 2 Corinthians 3:16-18

* Available-- Contrary to modern philosophy and opinion, true New Testament churches are here among us. Jesus promised that he would build his church and the gates of hell would not prevail. That is one promise you can take to the bank. Jesus is coming back for his church one day. The question is, will you be in it?

Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:18-19, Revelation 22:12-17

Wayne Godsmark is an ordained minister and pastor of Christ Central Ministries of Live Oak. He has a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies and Pastoral Ministry from Logos University in Jacksonville Florida. Pastor Wayne can be reached at CCM located at 1550 South Walker in the Suwannee County Mall. Telephone 386-208-1345

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