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How to Find a Good Church by Scot Chadwick

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You may be looking for a good church for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are a new believer in Jesus Christ—praise God! Maybe you are moving or have moved to a new area. Perhaps your current church differs from your understanding of biblical principles or patterns.1 If any of these scenarios describe your situation, you are in need of a good church. Local churches fulfill specific roles in God’s plan of saving and sanctifying people. Jesus promised that he would build his church (Matthew 16:18), and we want to be part of his building work by participating in good local churches.

How to Look for a Good Church

Searching for a local church to join can be difficult, frustrating, and overwhelming, but God helps us to walk according to his will (Romans 12:2). Pray for wisdom and discernment to find a good match. Ask him for good Christian friends that you can encourage and be encouraged by. Ask God for a church where you can serve alongside others so that you all “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). He wants you to succeed in this worthy task, so pray with humble dependence upon his care for you.

Take care and give appropriate time in your search, since your participation in a local church is a significant decision that may affect you and your family for years to come. Here are some preliminary steps to take before you get too far along in your search.

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