4 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Church

1. What does the church believe about Scripture?

930x480_4QuestionsToAsk_1 Is the Bible infallible or not? Do the Scriptures have a central place in the worship and lives of the people?

2. What is the church’s confession of faith?

930x480_4QuestionsToAsk_2Does the church have criteria for the preaching and teaching of Scripture? The truth is that every church has a confession of faith—it’s just that some are more honest about what they believe than others. If a church has a public confession, you can at least know what kind of teaching you can expect to receive and have a way to hold your pastor accountable to what the Scriptures teach.

3. Is the church’s worship man-centered or God-centered?

930x480_4QuestionsToAsk_3 In other words, is the church’s worship about God meeting with his people, or is it based on entertainment? Can you pay for this “experience” at a local concert? If so, it’s probably man-centered.

4. Is Christ faithfully preached each week?

930x480_4QuestionsToAsk_4 This is probably the most important question that you could ever ask when looking for a church. If Jesus as crucified is not publicly proclaimed from the pulpit, then get out of there.

What’s the point of going to a church if it doesn’t do the one and only thing a church can do, which no other organization or business can? Is Jesus proclaimed as a moral hero, or is he your Redeemer and Savior?

Look for a church that preaches “Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).  

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Nicholas Davis

Nicholas Davis is lead pastor of Redemption Church (PCA) in San Diego, California. Nick has worked for White Horse Inn for several years, has written over one hundred articles for Core Christianity, and has work featured in Modern Reformation, Fathom Magazine, Mockingbird NYC, Church Leaders, Banner of Truth, and other places. Nick and his wife, Gina, have three sons. He blogs at nicholasmartindavis.com. Connect with Nicholas on Twitter @MundaneMinister.

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