When Is It Permissible to Change Churches?

Episode 521 Show Notes 

From the Show

I don’t know about you, but I need to hear the gospel every day. I need to be reminded of God’s goodness to me in Christ, of the forgiveness of my sins—I especially need that on Sunday! I need to be nourished by the truth of Scripture, exhorted, challenged by the Word of God, and comforted by the Word of God. If what I’m hearing on a Sunday morning is not that, if I’m not hearing the Law of God being preached into my heart, exposing my sins, really putting me to death and showing me how much I need God’s mercy and the gospel of God, raising me up from the dead, establishing me in the goodness and mercy of Jesus Christ—well, then what are we doing?

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. I have a really close friend who I have been sharing my faith with for years. He is very open-minded when I share with him but every time we get into a deep conversation about this, he always gets stuck on all the war and violence that has been attached to Christianity such as the Crusades and slavery in America. How do I respond to my friend in those moments?

2. What is your opinion of the King James Version? I’ve always understood it to be the most accurate as far as the original Scriptures go, but nobody seems to use that Bible anymore. Why do so many people prefer another translation that maybe isn’t as accurate? 

3. How should we pray to the Triune God? It seems like prayer is only ever directed towards God the Father in the New Testament, and never towards Jesus or The Holy Spirit. Should The Father alone be addressed in our prayers or is it okay to pray directly to the Son and Spirit also?

4. Over the last few months, we have been trying to decide whether to leave the church we have attended for the past 9 years. We wouldn’t consider our church heretical, but there are songs and sermons that we believe don’t always line up with the Word of God. We know the importance of being in a solid church that teaches the Bible, and I guess my question is this: Is the search for more solid Bible teaching reason enough to change churches?

Resources

A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton

What is the Trinity?

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