If you are a Christian who has just accepted Christ or have been in salvation but have shifted to another location, you could be looking in a church. You can also look for a church if you are not satisfied where you are. Looking for a church is not an easy undertaking bearing in mind you don’t just settle for the one that looks appealing. It should be something to put much weight into, or else you will select a church that will not contribute to your Christian growth. Here are some tips to use to help you locate a suitable church.
First of all, look at the doctrinal persuasion of this church. Among other things, doctrinal persuasion distinguishes a church from many others. Does this church base its teachings on the Bible as the Holy Scriptures? Does it believe in God the father, spirit, and son as one God in the holy trinity? Does it believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as the basis for our salvation and justification from sins? Does this church believe that we are eternally justified by the work of Christ and not of our efforts? You should sit down with the leaders of the church you are considering so they can explain this to you so you can make an informed choice.
Secondly, do you have the chance to serve in this church? As a child of God, you are endowed with gifts of the Holy Spirit. You need to use these gifts to edify the church and personal growth. Thus, attending a church where you will go through the service without being involved in any service is not healthy for you. Look into the categories of departments this church has and ask if there are chances for new members to join. If not, it is good that you walk away.
Thirdly, you need to visit the church before you enroll for membership. It is not bad to attend a church so as to have a feel of how its services are. How is the worship coordinated, and what kinds of songs are sung? Do you feel connected to worshiping God, or do you feel distracted and annoyed? Look at the members; do they look as if they belong, or do they seem as though they are there because they have to be there? Do you see signs of love among the members and the church leaders? You should be keen to observe so as to make a valid conclusion.
Last but not least, does this church encourage discipleship? A disciple refers to an individual who’s learning to live like Christ. A health church’s major concern isn’t to grow its number but to make disciples. Hebrews 5:12-13 emphasizes the importance of Christian growth. The Bible urges Christians not to remain infants but grow. Growing Christians glorify God. You should look at whether the church encourages its members to participate in mission work, give materially, or share the good news with others.