How many of you have walked into a new church for the first time because of many different life changes? How about walking into a church for the very first time period? I remember like it was yesterday when I walked into a new church how I felt. I was nervous, a little apprehensive, and yes somewhat skeptical.Today we are going to look at questions you should ask before joining a church. So, let’s get started with our message titled “New Beginnings”.
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Do they Teach the Bible Accurately? This is not an easy question to start off with. You are the church attendee and if you are new to churches you must rely that the preacher is teaching the bible accurately. If you are more a seasoned church attendee, you may have a better chance of knowing the answers here. 2 Timothy 2:15
Some of the things that you will want to look out for when checking out a new church:
- Are the books of the bible being used in the right context? The verses?
- Do the church’s beliefs contradict scriptures?
- Are the messages clear and understandable?
- Children and youth programs?
- Do they worship or just preach?
- Is there prayer?
- Do they offer a chance for people to accept Jesus as their savior?
Are the leaders trained? The second question can only be answered after you have determined the type of training that one might consider for leaders.
There are two types of training one must consider of its leaders. The first way is to look at the education the leaders received preferably from a seminary.
The second training would be those that work there way into it that do not have the education but the knowledge. Some pastors become pastors and the training comes later.
The bible also lists what qualifications you need as a leader. They include words like commitment, conviction, competency, and character are the foundation. Titus 1:5-9
There are many qualities that leaders must have that you don’t learn in the schools.
Leaders need to have the time and heart for people. Philippians 2:3-4 Bible-based convictions Romans 12:20 Thorough knowledge of the scripture, and reflect God’s character Galatians 5:22
We must ask ourselves if the leaders live a life that could be imitated as described in Hebrews 13:7
You are not going to find the perfect leader but one with most of these qualities should be driving your life towards Christ.
The extent of a church’s expectations could be a deciding factor in whether this is a right church for you. If you want to just go to church and hear the word and leave then you probably want a church with very little expectation.
It is important to know the expectations upfront. For example, our weekly bulletin specifies the procedure for becoming a member which does include taking a membership course.
Is the Church a family? You look at our church and you not only see a strong presence of family, but you see a strong piece of history. We have members that have been with the original churches that eventually merged, and their families are also with us and so on.
It was discussed at some point in time that it’s not necessary the size of the congregation but more about how members connect. It is great to see all the family members each week but if they don’t connect outside the church leaves some interesting thought.
Most churches are getting into the hospitality to warm guests. Better yet, see how many pastors greet you when you come to church.
Acts 2:42-47 describes the church as a place of fellowship, shared resources, and sincerity.
Even Jesus refers to His followers as family Matthew 12:49
Passion for the Community? Mark 16:15
Known as the Great Commission, the church is a place for believers to worship, be fed the word, and enjoy relationships but in order to accomplish the Great Commission, you need to work outside the church
Evangelism is not a single person’s responsibility nor is it just the pastor’s job. Everyone needs to learn how to do it and be involved one way or another. There are many ways that a Church can get the community involved which allows the evangelism to happen. Matthew 25:40
Now the church may have caught your attention. You must ask yourself where you would see yourself serving? In other words, what ministry do they have that you see would be where you could serve? 1 Corinthians 2:27
The bible tells us that once we received the Lord as our Savior, we become one in a community of believers as well we become a part of the Body of Christ. Each one of us are given special talents once we become a believer and we are instructed to use these talents to further the Great Commission. Proverbs 11:25
Is this a place you can grow spiritually? When considering that question, look at all possibilities before making a final decision Hebrews 6:1
A church that allows you to grow is a church worth considering. 2 Timothy 2:2
The final question is the most important question you must answer. The other answers really do not mean a thing if God is not calling you to be at this church.
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