In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Friday August 12, 2005

Joining the Right Church

Acts 20:28-30

 

Attending the right church is essential for spiritual growth. A three-step test will help you evaluate a spiritual home. If these criteria are not met, Christians need to look for a new place to worship.

 

Doctrine — A right-thinking church will not compromise on these spiritual doctrines: First, the Bible is the Lord’s inerrant Word, and every verse is true. Second, Jesus Christ was a virgin-born human being and the divine Son of God. If Jesus had had two human parents, He would have been a sinner and therefore could not have died for our transgressions. (Deuteronomy 17:1) Third, a church must believe Christ died a sacrificial death on the cross, was bodily resurrected, and will return. Any other interpretation credits our works for helping us to reach heaven. Two other critical doctrines are the existence of heaven and hell, and the reality of a coming judgment.

 

Faith The church we attend should be edifying to our relationship with God. We need teaching and encouragement for living a holy life of submission. Believers should be taught they are not victims of the world system but rather are overcomers through trust in the omnipotence of our Father. 

 

Evangelism — There should be ministry to nonbelievers with compassion toward the poor and a burden to share the Gospel with the lost.

 

If we evaluate a church against these three standards, we will be guided to a biblically grounded spiritual home where we can grow, worship, and fellowship with godly people.

 

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