Choosing a Church

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GNN Note – One of the main things for me is being on-mission. Is the church active in the community – recovery program, having fellowship at a restaurant / coffee house, going to the local rescue mission, etc. How active is the church in the community? Or are they meeting in the basement and nowhere else? / END

What is church?

Church is the “body of Christ.” It can be a group of two or three Christians meeting in a house, or an assembly of hundreds meeting in a beautiful sanctuary. According to Matthew 18:19-20, as long as we gather together in Jesus’ name, He will be in our midst.

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Why is church membership so important?

As a Christian, it is essential to your spiritual growth to fellowship with other believers (Hebrews 10:25). We should not be isolated from the rest of the body of Christ, but should share our gifts and our wisdom for the benefit of all (1 Corinthians 12:7). Worshipping together unites our voices and spirits in praise. Hearing the Word of God from the pulpit feeds us scripturally and spiritually. Congregational prayer encourages the sharing of our burdens, while drawing support and strength from members of our church “family.” (“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2) Finally, testimonies about God’s work in the lives of others encourages our faith.

How do you find a local church that is right for you?

Finding a church that is right for you and your family is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, and then consider the following important factors:

Fellowship. Most active churches conduct Sunday morning and evening worship and mid-week services. Other opportunities for fellowship should involve people of all ages, such as children’s clubs, youth groups, and adult gatherings. Church picnics, vacation Bible school, and annual Christmas and Easter programs often contribute to the year’s activities. Bible studies or home fellowship groups will help you meet other church members and help you to grow in your faith. Children shouldn’t be left out, either. Look for clean nursery facilities and attentive, caring nursery workers. Older children will eagerly attend and participate in a lively Sunday School with a strong emphasis on Christian training.

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