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  • Finding A Local Church

    1 posts, 1 voices, 530 views, started Apr 18, 2011

    Posted on Monday, April 18, 2011 by Denise Richardson

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      By Dr. Charles F. Stanley
      This week’s topic: Unity In The Body Of Christ

      In some cities, there are church buildings on practically every corner. It would seem easy, then, to find a place where Christians can worship, encourage other believers, and reach out to those who don't know Jesus. But unfortunately, this is not always the case.

      Many churches preach doctrine that doesn't align with God's Word. Others are distracted by programs or campaigns and have forgotten their real purpose. Therefore, it is vital that believers ask the right questions before joining a fellowship. Namely, ask whether the church teaches these six truths:

      1. The Bible is infallible divine revelation given to mankind so that individuals can have a personal relationship with God.
      2. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin.
      3. Our Savior was fully human and fully God.
      4. After His crucifixion and burial, Jesus was bodily resurrected.
      5. Heaven and hell exist.
      6. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus.

      In addition, a fellowship's message should center around redemption. Specifically, man is sinful and separated from God (Rom. 3:23).Since we all come short of His glory, our penalty is death (Rom. 6:23). Yet our heavenly Father redeemed us through His Son's shed blood, saving those who receive Jesus as Savior (John 3:16; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

      What we are taught will become our belief system and "filter" for all information and opinions set forth by the world. It is vital to find a church that holds to God's Word as the final authority, and to reject any teaching that contradicts Scripture.  

      Scripture Of The Day: "Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ." - Ephesians 4:11-12 (NLT)



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