We love our church because we love Jesus, and Jesus died for his church. Therefore, we take the ministry of the church seriously. If you are looking for a church home, you may be tempted to look for a church like you would a restaurant. Are they open at a convenient time? Do they serve food that you like? Is it in a cool area? Is it kid friendly? How fast is the service? You may find some answers to those types of questions on our site, but when looking for a church, you need to look deeper. Here are some questions to consider asking:
1. What does the church actually believe?
a. Is there a doctrinal statement?
b. Is there evidence that they take it seriously?
2. Do they prioritize the preaching of God’s Word?
a. Are the sermons driven by the text?
b. Does the congregation expect and anticipate substantive sermons?
c. Is good teaching cultivated and emphasized?
3. Is the congregation joyful?
4. Do they take membership seriously?
5. Are the men of the church humble, happy, and secure in the faith?
6. Are the women encouraged to study theology?
7. How is the church organized? Is the polity biblical?
8. Does the congregation sing well and engage in meaningful prayer?
9. Is the music theologically accurate?
Not every congregation needs to have left-handed bowling leagues for people born on a Thursday, (or whatever niche someone thinks they fit into), but every congregation needs to pursue church-health as presented in God’s Word. My encouragement to you is to prioritize a church that prioritizes biblical health.
Robert Johnson II