Choosing a church is one of the most important decisions a person makes in his/her life...perhaps second only to who they will marry. Your church, in many ways, helps to shape who you are and your relationship with God. Many of the things you will learn about the Bible will come through your church. Most of your close friends will be from your church. In fact, much of your time is spent (or should be) at your church. So, when you set out to find the "right" one for you, it is not light-hearted decision. It will affect both the rest of your life on earth and your eternity.
With so many different "kinds" of churches and denominations...how can you decide which one you should attend? Which follow the teachings of the Bible? Unfortunately, there is no one "type" of church that can be recommended...every one is different...and thus every one must be evaluated individually according to the pattern we find in the Bible. This worksheet is designed to help you discover which churches in your area would be the best to attend. The following are five simple "tests" with which you can evaluate a prospective church. (Note, if a church fails in even one of these important, biblically-based tests, it is probably not the best choice for you.)
Sure, no church is perfect, just as no family is perfect. But if you discipline yourself to go often, and make room in your schedule for God, you will be glad you did. Nothing is more precious and valuable and fulfilling than to worship the Lord with fellow Christians, to see your children brought up in learning about Jesus, to spend your time doing things that will count for eternity. May the Lord bless you in your search for a church body to call your own!
Prayer: Lord, I need your help in searching for the right church. I know I need to find a place that I can regularly learn your Word and worship you. I want to find a place that You approve of, that will help my family and I grow in you, and that I can invest my time and life into for Your glory. Help me find a place where I can serve You most effectively. Please guide me in my search! In Jesus Name, Amen.