So, you want to know how you find the right church? Well, this is how you find the right church. Many people have personal preferences as to the kind of church they like. Some people prefer ones that play loud music, ones that have a charismatic preacher, and a number of other things. But do these things necessarily amount to what Scripture determines as necessary in finding the right church? Shouldn’t scripture be the most important standard as to what is the right local body of Christ we should be assembling with? Well, let’s dive into scripture and observe what information it has for.
The early assembling of the Body of Christ
In Acts 2, the Apostles converted the first people to membership in the body of Christ after confirming the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them. After they became saved, we find the first actions conducted among the assembly of the Body of Christ that could perhaps be the beginning of finding the right church. Acts 2:42 states, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” So the first indication of finding a good church, is one that devotes themselves to the apostles teaching in the New Testament, fellowship which is to say getting together, breaking bread in remembrance of Christ, and prayer. If the church you visit or look up tries to do these things, you’re on the right path. For a deeper understanding on these things, click here.
In Scripture there are instructions as to how the preacher of a church is supposed to conduct himself. 1 Timothy 3:2-7 states, “An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. 4 He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity 5 (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), 6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation [d]incurred by the devil. 7 And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”
Titus 1:7-9 also reflects further instruction of an overseer. It states, “7 For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, 8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”
You can look up the Greek on some of these adjectives used at blueletterbible.org. There are also instructions of Deacons, which is to say servants within the assembling of the Body of Christ that follow after 1 Timothy 3:7. Now I wouldn’t necessarily expect you to visit a church with this checklist in hand and checking off each one while you’re supposed to be listening to the preacher preach the Word, but after you visit that church, go back through these verses and see if these instructions fit with what you saw of the preacher and deacons in church.
Make sure this is a church that sings songs in thankfulness to God. Ephesians 5:19 states, “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;” Colossians 3:16 also states, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” As we can see from these verses, it’s an important thing that the church you attend remembers the importance of singing praise to God.
To conclude, let’s remember that no church is perfect. We all make mistakes as humans, so mistakes will perhaps be made at all of the churches you visit before you decide on attending one. The most important thing though is that you find a church that does its best to reflect what God has told us of the assembly in scripture. After all, it matters that you go somewhere that honors God according to what He says in scripture, not somewhere that makes you feel whatever emotions you’re looking to feel. As always, questions or thoughts, feel free to leave a response, thank you for reading and thank you if you choose to share this material amongst your social circle. Peace to all those who are in Christ.