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Finding a New Church
Source: Greg Laurie, 1996 New Believer's Notes and Reading Tracks
Five Characteristics of a Healthy Church
Acts 2:42, 44-47
Look for a Church That Meets Together Regularly
The early believers did not view church as a social club, but as a place for devoted fellowship and valuable instruction. We miss out on a tremendous blessing when we neglect meeting together with God's people. When we are spiritually weak, we should not run from church but to church!
Look For a church that place a high Priority on Bible Study
The first-century Christians "devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching." The apostles' teachings on the life and ministry of Jesus eventually became the Gospel portion of the New Testament. Studying the Bible is important to every Christian's spiritual growth. Without Bible study, Christians cannot know and understand God's commands and truth.
Look for a Church that is a place of corporate worship and prayer
The early church recognized the importance of corporate worship and prayer. Corporate worship focused their attention on the praiseworthy character of God and gave them an opportunity to express their thanks to God. Corporate prayer allowed them to express their thanks to God as well, but it was also an opportunity to seek God together and present their request before him as a body.
Look for a Church that Looks after Its Members
The early believers shared food, clothing and housing with each other. The Bible reminds us to care for fellow believers who are in need.
Look for a church that is Growing
Church growth is not our responsibility but God's. If we do our part as a church, God will do his. We see proof of this is in Acts 2:47