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1. Do I trust in the Person and finished work of Jesus Christ for right standing with God?
If I am not converted to Christ, a New Testament kind of church is certainly going to be disappointing and boring (cf. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16).
2. Does the church exist to worship God above all things?
3. Does the church labor to unpack the glory and majesty of God from the exposition of Scripture?
4. Is biblical doctrine affirmed and systematically taught?
5. Is meaningful membership, biblical discipline, and discipleship practiced?
Except for #1, if the answers are “no” to the above questions, then a church is legitimately disappointing because it is not God-glorifying. Perhaps you need to leave and find a more faithful church. But approach that route carefully.
Church has a much higher purpose for existence than not being boring or disappointing. The most important thing is not that we are bored or disappointed, but that our lives and churches exist for the glory of God.
Eric Davis is the pastor of Cornerstone Church in Jackson Hole, WY. He and his team planted the church in 2008. He has been married for 15 years and has 3 children.
Post originally appeared on The Cripplegate. Used with permission.
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