The Factors to Consider before Choosing a Church
There are a lot of people out there who do not believe in the existence of the sole creator of the world. It is unfortunate that the population of atheists is on an upward trajectory. The good news is that the major religions of the world are striving to ensure that they reach as many people as they can with their beliefs. For instance, it is a requirement for Christians to preach the Gospel whenever they can. Christianity is one of the biggest religions in the world. One thing that is obvious is the massive growth of Christianity as a religion over the past several years. One of the parameters that indicate the widespread of Christianity as a religion is an increase in the population of congregations worldwide. The population of churches, for instance, has increased substantially over the past several years. There are a number of things that are expected from these churches. For example, churches are supposed to be safe spaces for people to get hope and encouragement. They are also sanctuaries where people with like-minds meet regularly to worship God together.
The increase in the population of churches is a good thing since it is an indication that the earthly kingdom of God is expanding. Unfortunately, there are some of these churches that are not operating the way they should. There have been quite a number of embarrassing cases involving churches and pastors. Therefore, as a believer who is genuinely seeking God, one has to be very careful about which church they attend. Proper scrutiny should be done before opting for a given church. There are a number of aspects that when considered can be of great help in finding a good church. The following are a few examples. First of all, one needs to consider the doctrines of a given church. It is very important for a believer to ensure that the church that they are about to settle for teaching Bible-based doctrines. There are quite a number of churches that are misleading considering the kind of doctrines that they believe in. For example, the prosperity gospel has taken the center stage in today’s churches especially those in humble neighborhoods. Church business is also quite common these days.
It is also important for one to ask oneself whether the church under consideration is where they can go and worship freely. A church should be where believers are allowed to worship God without unnecessary restrictions. For instance, there are certain churches that only play traditional music, others play contemporary as well. It is also important for one to ask whether or not they will learn the Bible in that particular church. The Bible is the blueprint of Christian living. Therefore, one should avoid any church that will limit their learning of the bible. The other question that one should ask before settling for a given church is whether people’s lives in that church are being changed. Lastly, one should check whether fellowship and community outreach is encouraged.