What do you look for in a church?

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John 8:31b-32, 2 Peter 2:1

What do you look for in a church?

Perhaps it’s a particular worship style or music. Maybe it’s the children’s programs that they often. Some people choose a church based on the pastor’s personality, but what about this?

A church that correctly teaches God’s Word.

Jesus said:

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” –John 8:31b-32

I encourage you to make that a top priority in choosing a church.

Perhaps you’re thinking to yourself, “but don’t all Christian churches teach God’s Word? That’s not a big deal.” Well that’s what we would hope, but sadly it’s not true.

Some pastors don’t mean to stray from God’s Word, but social issues or political causes distract them. Before long God’s word becomes secondary. It’s only used where it can fit in with their message.

The Apostle Peter also warned:

…there will be false teachers among you… —2 Peter 2:1

There will be those who will try to exploit naive Christians. They know that they need to use the word of God. It’s just that they twist it to suit their own purposes. Don’t be naive.

I encourage you to look for a church that teaches the true Word of God as a top-priority. That truth that sets you free from your sin.

Our good works can’t set us free, only Jesus Christ can, and he did. Jesus lived a sin free life. Jesus died as the sin bearer and Jesus came alive again, showing that he had conquered sin and death. And he rose from the dead to show that all who believe in him are set free from their sins and will live forever.

Why would we want to choose anything else over this truth? Amen.

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