There are a lot of churches in every city.  From denominational to non-denominational and fellowship gatherings, it can be a difficult task to find a church home.  So, how does one know which is a good church to attend?

The best way to qualify a good church is to judge using God’s word.  Does the church believe and teach the following

  • The Bible is true, inerrant, and good for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness
  • God created the heavens and earth and created man in His image
  • All was perfect until man fell into sin
  • God, in His love and mercy, promised a redeemer to save mankind
  • Jesus is God
  • Jesus came to earth, born of a virgin, incarnate in the flesh, to redeem man
  • Jesus died to pay for man’s sins, was buried, and rose again to open the way for mankind to come to God and have eternal life with Him
  • Jesus forgives and saves repentant sinners by grace through faith, not of works (Eph 2:8-9)
  • Jesus is the head of the Church, His body
  • The mission of the church is to grow in love for God and knowledge of His Word, and demonstrate our love for God by loving and serving others
  • Jesus will return and make all things new

The closer a church adheres to the individual core teachings found in God’s Word, and is consistent with all of God’s Word, the more a church honors God and the better a church it will be.   Look for a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church, that loves God and loves others and you are likely to find a good church home. Read: What is IVDARR?

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Do not be anxious about anything.  (Phil 4:6)

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control.  Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19.  As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.” 

Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it:  Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live:  Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.

God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble.  When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.  

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19

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to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15).  When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.

When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.  

By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.

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