Let’s start by asking this question: What is Church?

The New Testament uses the Greek word “ἐκκλησία,” or “ekklēsia” (pronounced ek-klay-see’-ah) for church. This literally translates to “Christian community of members on earth.” Notice this says nothing about a building, or separation into different denominations or anything like that. A church is simply the body of Christ, that is, a community of people who acknowledge Jesus Christ as their savior and come together as one. This meeting can take place outside, at someone’s house, at a designated building (as we refer to as a church) or anywhere. The church isn’t a place but a congregation of Christians. As a Christian, you don’t go to church—you are the church! The church is the body of Christians and Jesus is the head of the body (Colossians 1:18).

With this being said, what denomination should you be? To start off, the fact that the body of Christ has broken up into different sects is unbiblical and quite a disgrace, in my opinion. We are not to separate ourselves but to come together as one body as Christ as our head. As far as what denomination you should attend, personally, I would say none. I don’t consider myself a Baptist, a Lutheran, a Methodists, a catholic or any man-made denomination; I consider myself a bible believing Christian who is headed by Jesus Christ—no man, organization or tradition supersedes the Word of God. With that being said, there are plenty of common ground that I share with a Baptist, Lutheran, etc and I consider them my spiritual family as they all see Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and the only way to God. However, when denominational doctrine and tradition contradicts what God has revealed in the bible, I will make it known and reprove (correct) them using the word of God—not my own opinion.

With this being said, you should go to a church that teaches from the bible, rather than traditions of men or from a worldly perspective. Your church should build you up spiritually as to serve the kingdom of God rather than building you up in worldly things as to have success in this temporary life. A very important aspect of going to church is fellowship with other Christians. If what they believe contradicts the Word of God it is righteous to correct them using the word of God. Consider yourself having a false belief about God; wouldn’t you want someone to correct you and point you in the way of Truth in accordance to God’s Word? The Word of God is meant to be used to correct others: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

In conclusion, go to a church that does not deviate from God’s word in preference of worldly doctrine and traditions of men. The bible warns of this in 1 Timothy 4, “some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy.” Just because someone is speaking at a pulpit doesn’t mean everything they say is true. We need to “let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4). We need to search the scriptures daily, to see if the things spoken are true (Acts 17:11). If a church contradicts the Word of God; question them, let them explain themselves. If they are ignoring the word of God I would leave that church after rebuking/correcting them. In the end, church is about fellowship with other members of the body of Christ that should build you up spiritually and in the True way of God—not their own doctrines or way of living, but God’s. Personally, I would recommend a Bible Church because generally they do a good job preaching from the bible. Pray to God asking Him to help you find a good church and try a few out, talk to the pastor and the congregation to get a feel for yourself. Also check out the church website to see their core beliefs or even download a sermon if it’s available. If you are walking in the spirit of God the Truth will be revealed to you.

Encourage one another and build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17)

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