A guide to see if you’re attending a healthy Church.

Posted: January 22, 2014 in Thoughts on God

healthy chrchActs 42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Why are many of the Churches of today so different from the passage describing the early Church above? All Bodies of  Christ are different, so each member could read this passage and see what they’re Church is, or is not doing like the successful one above. This of course is not the only indicator or example of a perfect Church (Which there is none), but it’s certainly a good foundation.

Here’s an exercise for you. Write the above passage down, and take it to your Church. If you don’t have a Church, then start looking for one, but hold it to the Biblical example above. It doesn’t have to fit this model exactly, but if it falls to far short, then you may want to pray for the Holy Spirit‘s moving within the Body. Don’t leave the Church, pray and discuss it with your Pastor. Don’t be confrontational, be loving and inquisitive. If a Church is struggling, it needs support, not abandonment. I’ll write the key points of the Church below so you can copy and paste it, and take it to you next service. Pray about this, you may be the instrument of change and growth.

Key points of a loving Church.

1. Biblical teaching. Remember that all Sermons and teaching are based on the Bible, not supported by it. In other words, if the preaching has an occasional passage in it, rather than an occasional commentary or parable, question it.

2. Fellowship. Does the Church meet every Sunday, or is there a constant reaching out and being a part of each others lives.

3. Do you see Things happening for the Lord, or is it just a building?

4. Do you all believe in the teaching and support the leadership, or is there doctrinal division? If there’s division, there needs to be prayer, not parting. Hold all disputes up to the Bible and let God’s Word be the mediator.

5. Taking care of those in need. Does the Church spend more money on it’s appearance and fancy things, or does it go out in to the world and help it’s members and neighbors?

6. Is it Spirit filled? In other words, are people happy, or complacent. This one is a church killer.

7. Is it growing in numbers, maturity, evangelism, etc? If not, once again, don’t sit on the sidelines, help out.

OK, there you go. Now, see how your church is doing, then do something for it….:)

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