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How to Find a Good Church

(All scriptural references are given in full following this article) 

It should be readily apparent that, in light of the generally, confused and even apostate condition of so much of modern day, “Evangelicalism”, it is not an easy task to find a good, God-fearing Church.  (1 Timothy 4:1),  (2 Timothy 4:3)  

 Churches that humbly, soberly, and faithfully, embrace everything God wishes to reveal to them and bless them with by His Word and by His Holy Spirit. 

 Churches whose shepherd (pastor), leaders and prominent figures (elders, deacons and their wives) and laity are wholly after holiness, “agape” love, and an unbreakable addiction to the pure Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

(1 Timothy 3:1-13)

 Churches that truly hate mammon (money) and give their lives and substance in the service of their Master instead.   Churches that expect God to move in miraculous ways on their behalf and for His Glory.

 Again the Pastor and other leaders especially, should be sincere and sober; that is with gravity or seriousness especially in the things of God.

(1 Timothy 3:1-13) (Titus 1:6-8) 

The leaders should not be negligent to enforce the same, sober attitude and behavior in the church body.

(1 Timothy 3:15) 

 In short, a “normal” New Testament Church. (Acts 2:42-47)

Not a perfected Church but a normal Church!

For a Church fellowship that is faithful to God, will certainly be on the pathway to Perfection.

Surely, this is not too much to ask!

Please notice:

A good church will be marked by the following characteristics and in this specific order with regards to its position on 3 key areas:

Doctrine,

its Devotional Life

and its Deeds.

1. Doctrine -  Faithfulness to the Truth as it is revealed in the Bible
(click here and see Statement of Faith) defending the truth at   all costs and preaching in the power of the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:3)  
Stressing a life of holiness (Hebrews 12:14) 
(separation from the world and a true fellowship with God)

Preach that the high standard in the New Testament which demands that Love, Faith and Hope should be sought after in increasing measure by all believers. 
(Matthew 5:48)  (1 Corinthians 13:13)   

Teaching that false doctrines such as eternal security (without obedience and abiding in Christ) must be exposed and repudiated.   (
Romans 16:17)  

Should teach that true believers will suffer greatly for their faith in the days to come all over the world because it is prophesied in the Scriptures and that all should count the cost and pay the price to follow Jesus until the end if they are to be finally saved. (Matthew 24:13)  (Revelation 2:10) 

The good or true church will never partake in any ecumenical movement nor form worldly alliances but rather will never allow itself to get into a position where it may be compelled to compromise the gospel. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18) (Revelation 18:4) 

 2. Devotion – Chief aim of believers as modeled by Pastor and leaders will be to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.  To seek the honor that comes from God while seeking to honor Him in everything they undertake. (Romans 2:7) (John 5:44)

Living everyday in His service as if it’s their last day on earth, Knowing that each person, leader or layperson will appear      before Jesus to be judged by Him for all our deeds as Christians. (2 Corinthians 5:9-10)

In the devotion to God, the flock will be taught how to be sober and grave in these last days as the Lord commands us. The pastor and leaders will teach and be an example of holy sobriety to the church. 

In a good church, contrary to what goes on in bad churches, older men will be taught how to be sober and so will the older women.

The younger girls will be taught to be sober and so will the younger men.

 Looking everyday for his appearing, longing to be with Him.
 (2 Timothy 4:8)  (Hebrews 9:28)  (Titus 2:13)

3. Deeds    -    A life of loving and all-consuming service to the Living God,
(1 Corinthians 15:58, 2 Corinthians 5:9 ) (Colossians 1:29)  (1 Thess 1:3, 2:9)   to the household of faith (fellow brethren) (Galatians 6:10) (Acts 2:44,45) and to their fellow man(the unsaved). (Galatians 6:10) (Romans 12:20) 

 The church should carefully, biblically, prayerfully select all leaders and office holders in the church; not just give offices to persons with charisma, money or influence. (1 Timothy 3:1-13) (Titus 1:6-8)

The Shepherd or Pastor should always know the state of his flock and train them in righteousness but also protect them from wolves.  He cannot say that he didn’t know wolves would come into his pulpit without his knowledge when he is pastor of that church.
(1 Peter 5:2) (Acts 20:27-32)

The church should evangelize first by living right (their testimony of a holy life)and then by preaching the Gospel with a great compassion for the lost.
(Titus 2:7,8)  (2 Corinthians 12:15)  (Romans 9:3) 

There needs to be special programs for the youth also (especially in this most wicked generation that easily victimizes them), so as to help them in their godly, sober walk with Jesus.  They should be able to see and experience joy in the church and not silliness and joke playing and worldliness that characterizes so many weak churches which stoop down to the standard of worldly youth in the church instead of bringing them up to a higher, spiritual level.   (Titus 2:13)

Acts 13:52  And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

The church should be missions oriented, here and abroad. (Matthew 28:19, 20)

A true and good church would minister to the believers suffering for Jesus’ sake and also to the immediate community of unbelievers; first and foremost spiritually and then materially as need and supply present themselves.

A good church will not sap the faith of the believers by spreading unbelief and foolish traditions of man (most “denominational” distinctives).

Nor will carnal manifestations or self-exalting testimonies be allowed.

Rather, a good church will be a believing church; ever asking and expecting God to do the miraculous in their local church as well as in the Church Universal on the earth.  All within the cautions and guidelines set forth in the Scriptures of course.

If you have a hard time finding a good church like this, then pray and God will surely direct you to one.

In the meantime, you may have to go to a fellowship that most closely resembles this.  There you can use the opportunity to  speak to individuals about spiritual things.

Don’t be discouraged though it may be a bit painful to see people sometimes take God for granted and, “do their own thing.”

Very important: wherever you go, you ought to pray before attending the church that God would indeed use the pastor or other speaker as a mouthpiece with a specific Word for you.  This can happen even by just the Word being read from the pulpit also.  God can do all these things for us when we are truly thirsty and believing and seeking His face first and foremost when attending a church.  God can therefore minister to you still in this way in the interim while He prepares you for a better place.

                          Please read the scriptural support for above article.

Romans 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

1 Timothy 4:13  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

1 Timothy 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Jude 1:3   Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

1 Timothy 1:3  As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,  

2 Timothy 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

1 Timothy 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Titus 2:7  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

1 Timothy 3:1-13

1 ¶ This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

2  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; {of good…: or, modest}

3  Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; {given…: or, ready to quarrel, and offer wrong, as one in wine}

4  One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

5  (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6  Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. {a novice: or, one newly come to the faith}

7  Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8 ¶ Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

9  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

10  And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

11  Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

12  Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

13  For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

 

Titus 1:6-8

6 ¶ If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

7  For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

8  But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

1 ¶ I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 2 Timothy 4: 1-4

1 Timothy 3:15 

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

 Acts 2:42-47

 42 ¶ And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Hebrews 12:14  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

 1 Corinthians 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

 Matthew 5:48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

 Matthew 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 Revelation 2:10  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

 Revelation 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18

14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

18    And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Romans 2:7  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

 John 5:44  How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

  2 Corinthians 5:9  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. {labour: or, endeavour}

 2 Corinthians 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

 Titus 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 Hebrews 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 2 Timothy 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

 1 Corinthians 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 2 Corinthians 5:9  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

 Colossians 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

 1 Thessalonians 1:3  Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

 1 Thessalonians 2:9  For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

 Galatians 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

 Romans 12:20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

 1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

 

Acts 20:27-32

 27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

31  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

32    And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

 

Titus 2:7,8

7  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

8  Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

 2 Corinthians 12:15  And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved. {for you: Gr. for your souls}

 Romans 9:3  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: {accursed: or, separated

Matthew 28:19, 20

19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: {teach…: or, make disciples, or, Christians of all nations}

20  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.

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