Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
Yesterday, we discussed three qualities that are important to look for in a church home. Today, we will continue that list and discuss a few more important qualities to consider when looking for a new church, a True Church. You can also use these two lists to evaluate your current church.
The fourth attribute to evaluate is a church that loves to worship the Lord and not just sing songs to each other. Find a church that is in love with singing the words to the Lord, regardless of what the melody sounds like. Every generation has a different sound. I think that is why God didn’t save the musical lines and notes from the First Century. He allows all kinds of generations to express their worship to the Lord in their own musical genre. The melody is not that important; instead, focus more on the words you sing to the Lord.
Fifth, look for a church which has a heart for world evangelism while also caring for the needs of its community. Can you see our walking orders? We don’t need a new vision statement. Jesus gave us the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:16-20) Simply find a church with a balanced ministry of world evangelism and local ministry.
Finally, look for a church that cares about your spiritual growth. Your church should care about you spiritually – your growth and your discipleship – more than anything else. If a church isn’t striving to help its people grow in their relationships with Jesus, the church will never grow and thrive as a body.
I know this has been quite an extensive list that we have covered in these two days, but every single quality is important for determining your church home. If you are currently looking for a church home, I pray you will ask the Lord to help you find the True Church that has all of these qualities. If you presently have a church home, I pray that you would seek the Lord’s guidance in evaluating your current church.