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Finding a Home Church You’ll Love

Finding a Home Church You’ll Love

Acts 2: 42–47

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

One of the most crucial decisions for a new born again Christian is finding a home church that teaches sound doctrine. We need a Gospel-centered church to help us learn how to study and apply scripture to our lives. A good Bible-believing church will help us grow as Christians.

Around four years ago, my husband and I decided to call a small local church our home church. It was a conscious decision that we both made. On hindsight, we realized that several important factors need to be considered before joining a church. There are hard questions that need to be asked.

Several years later and having grown more spiritually, I’d like to list a few of these crucial points and questions, and hope that it will help you come to that decision.

The Preacher

Let’s look at Acts 20: 18–21 and see how Paul lived and try to figure out whether we find them in our churches. Paul served the Lord with all humility. He did not shrink from declaring the whole counsel of God. Paul taught both in public and in private (doing house-to-house visits). He testified to both the Jews and Greeks and called for repentance. Paul didn’t bother that some of God’s Word were unpopular or difficult to take. Paul didn’t change the truths of scripture. He taught the Word as it is.

According to the ESV Study Bible, Paul’s refusal to compromise the scripture illustrates a model for those who will be teaching God’s Word. Anyone called to preach the gospel should also strive to follow Paul’s footsteps. To lead, one must set a good example for their followers.

Apart from being bold and steadfast, they also need to teach sound doctrine so that we are spiritually well-fed.

The Church

The whole church body – every single person – is equally important. Acts 2: 42–47 describes how a Christian church should be. The church isn’t a social club. It is a community of people who share the same faith, extending grace and showing love towards each other without expecting anything in return. Being in a church should feel like the entire congregation serves as one, as a whole body.

I’ve learned (and still learning) that a perfect church (a church with no flaws) is hard to attain, but a church that’s centered on scripture and Agape love is possible. One that praises and worships the God Almighty, recognizing Him as the creator of heaven, earth, and seas and seeing Him as the King of Kings!

The Members

Now, we also have our responsibilities as church-goers. We ought to be alert, practice discernment, live in a way that’s Christ-like and eliminate the possibility of our ears becoming itchy (2 Timothy 4: 3–4). Hearing God’s Word should prompt us to change our ways, turn away from our old sinful habits, aiming to be spiritually mature as we go along our journey.

We should also feel blessed to be fellowshipping with our brethren.

If you are ready to find a home church, here are some questions that might help you find yours.

Once we have found that local church we could call home, let’s make it a part of our lives. Let’s attend the service regularly. Let’s participate in activities that will help us connect with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let’s join the yearly events. Let’s give our time, talents, offering and presence to help build the church.

A church should feel like our home, one we’re comfortable with and filled with love for Jesus Christ.

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