Last week at Coffee & Scripture, we talked about how Jesus taught us to identify false teachers. I wanted to follow that up with a short list to help you identify a good church. Look for these qualities:
1) They believe the Bible is trustworthy and without error. If they simply say it is “authoritative” but don’t agree that it is without error, then who decides what parts are actually authoritative? They are putting themselves in the authority position to choose. Find a church that believes ALL of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16).
2) Jesus is worshiped. They seek to know Him more. They believe that He is the ONLY way to salvation and eternal life (John 14:6).
3) It is evident that the lives of the leaders and congregation have been changed by Christ, and they continually seek to follow Him (2 Corinthians 5:17). In other words, they don’t just talk. They live out the commands of God.
4) They don’t tell you what you WANT to hear, but what you NEED to hear. They challenge you. 2 Timothy 4:3 tells us that some teachers will tell you what you want to hear, whatever will suit your own passions. If you walk away from church or Bible study each week feeling good about yourself, not drawn to repentance or challenged to live differently, find another church.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it is a good start. We strive to exemplify these things at RCF, and to partner with churches who do as well. If you’re looking for a church, we have some good Bible-teaching churches listed here on our website. If you don’t see one in your area, contact us, and we’ll help you find one.