Down through the years in this country, we as a people have been known to be closely connected to the church.
My grandparents and parents are church-going people. They always have been. I am thankful that my elders made sure that I went to church regularly while I was growing up. I must say that I really did not learn much from church during those years. But I am thankful for the experience because it helped to place within me a hunger and desire for the true and living God.
When I became a teenager, I rebelled against going to church. During that time, I did not feel that it had any place in my life. However, when I left home upon graduation from high school, God and the church had a strong pull on me, even though I was a prodigal son. After some time out on my own, I finally came to know the true and living God through Jesus Christ. I believe this grand experience is due partly to my praying grandparents and parents and their dogged resolution to keep their offspring in church. I said all of that to say this: Stay close to the church.
If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, you ought to be involved in a good church. Why?
1. Because God wants you to be. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
2. Because going to church regularly will strengthen and build up your faith through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
3. Because it gives you the opportunity and privilege to worship and serve God through hearing His word, public prayers, singing, teaching, ushering, and helping others, etc.
4. It also gives you the joy and privilege to exhort others and to be exhorted yourself. The word “exhort” means to urge and encourage to keep going on strong for God. You will find, in this life, that you will need that encouragement often.
When I discuss attending church, I am not talking about going to just any church. Everything that has church on its sign is not necessarily a church. But I don’t have to tell you that. When you look for a church, look for these things:
A. Is the pastor a born-again Christian himself? (I know that may sound strange, but you’ll be surprised.)
B. Are the pastor and teachers preaching and teaching from the Bible as it is written?
C. Does the pastor and church believe and stand on the essentials of the Christian faith? (1) The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ (2) The Deity of Jesus Christ (that Jesus Christ is God) (3) The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (4) The Second Coming of Jesus Christ (5) and the Infallibility of the Scriptures (that the Bible is truly God’s Word without error).
D. Is it a church that carries out the “Great Commission”? (i.e., tells others about Jesus Christ):
Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
E. No church will be perfect. (And, as they say, if you find the perfect church, once you join it, it won’t be perfect anymore.) No, there is no such thing as a perfect church. But the leaders and people ought to strive by the grace of God to live according to the Bible.
These are some of the main things to look for in a church before joining it.
Now once you find a good church, go regularly and go with the following:
• Go with the right attitude. Expect God to bless you and meet your needs.
• Go with a humble spirit. Don’t go to be seen.
• Go with a praying heart. Ask God to bless the meeting.
• Go to worship God and give Him the glory.
Clear your schedule for God’s house and God will richly bless you through His church that He has established for your good.
Going to Church,
P.T.: Bro. Blaine Bartel – National Director of “Oneighty” and author of The Little Black Book series says the following:
FOUR REASONS WHY YOU NEED A GOOD PASTOR
1. A good pastor will protect you from wolves. A good pastor has a shepherd’s heart and will warn you, helping you steer clear of people and situations that could destroy you.
2. A good pastor will feed you. Without spiritual food you will slowly suffer spiritual malnutrition, losing the strength you need to be victorious every day in life. Each time you sit under God’s Word you are feeding on spiritual nutrients.
3. A good pastor will inspire you. God will use your pastor to open your heart and mind to the dreams and vision God has for you.
4. A good pastor will correct you. (2 Tim. 4:2) Good pastors are not afraid to bring rebuke and correction that will keep us from getting in a ditch. God will supernaturally lead them to say things that are exactly what you need to hear each week.