The question "which church should I attend" is a really good one. Here we offer you things to consider:
Look for a church which exemplifies the fruit of the Holy Spirit using Galatians 5:22-23 as a guide.
Seek out a church which isn't an island unto itself. Churches which are willing to network with others in the community show they are seeking God's will for the community which they reside in and have the Lord as their focus, instead of man made agendas.
Look for churches which are part of Christian ministerial associations. This will help to steer you towards churches which have sound doctrine.
Consider your personality. Churches express their devotion to God in different ways. An example of this is in their choice of music. A wide array of music used from traditional hymns to worship songs which are like attending $50 concerts. While each of these are sung to the Lord some may be a personal preference.
Visit multiple churches each one a few weeks in succession before you make your final decision. Test their teaching against scripture.
Consider what mid week ministries the church offers. Church happens when people connect with one another. Mid week programs may support you either in deeper devotion to the Lord, in a teaching series you are interested in, in life events (such as a grief support group from a Christian perspective) or in social functions. Without attending a mid week program it becomes hard to feel like you belong. Although corporate worship is important connecting with people is also for things like accountability and a shoulder to lean on when times are tough.
Finally pray for the Holy Spirit's leading as you endeavour to find the church He would have you attend. The Lord has a personal interest in our lives and will help connect us with His body if we earnestly seek one out by His guidance.
Contributed By: Ron Piggott
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Monday, October 23, 2017