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The Good Person Test

How To Recognize
A Good Church

We can not provide a list of good denominations or churches. Within any denomination, there are good churches, poor churches and really bad (unbiblical) churches. But here is a rule of thumb to follow:

Look for a church that clearly teaches these five essential doctrines:
(Check their web site for a doctrinal statement. It should include all of these.
Or visit the church and talk to the pastor.)

1. Salvation by grace through faith alone.

When you visit a church ask the pastor, "What must I do to be saved?"
The answer should be repent and trust (believe) in Jesus Christ.

Stay away from any church that says you must do something, such as be baptised, or take communion, do good deeds (help other people), or obey church rules in order to be saved. (Christians want to do these things because they love God, not because they must do them to be saved.) Stay away from any church that says you must be a member of that church,
or a member of that denomination, in order to be saved.

2. God the Father

3. God the Son

4. God the Holy Spirit

There is one God, who eternally exists in three persons;
who are totally equal in every divine perfection.
A good question to ask a pastor is, "Is Jesus God?"
The answer should be an unqualified, "YES".
Jesus is fully human and fully God.

5. The Bible is the inerrant, infallible, inspired word of God.

Look for a church that believes that the Bible is true
in all that it asserts to be true. When you visit a church ask the pastor,
"Do you believe the Bible is true?" Also ask,
"Do you believe the stories in Genesis 1-11 are all true?"
The answer in both cases should be "YES".

If you'd like, print out a copy of this page,
ask the pastor of the church you are considering joining to
read it and tell you whether he agrees or disagrees.

Here are some examples:

Two churches with good statements of faith:
Athey Creek Christian Fellowship

SW Hills Baptist Church

The following is a church we would not recommend.
For example, notice that there is no statement saying that
the Bible is the inerrent word of God.
Also notice that Jesus is not clearly recognized as being fully God,
he is called "the man of Nazareth".
Hancock United Church of Christ

If a church does not have a statement of faith on their web site,
look for another church that does. It does not mean they are not a good church, maybe the webmaster just forgot to add it. But look for a church with the attitude that the above beliefs are so important in their lives that they must be a part of their web site.

How To Find A Good Church - 25 Questions To Ask A Pastor

Once you repent and trust Jesus for your salvation,
nothing can take your salvation away.
From the NLT - Romans 8:38, 39
"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Here are some web sites you may find helpful.

The Living Waters web site has a section for new Christians
called: Save Yourself Some Pain

We'll be happy to send you a free copy
of the Gospel of John.
(The above link will take you to one of our other web sites.
This Gospel of John offer is only valid for U.S. addresses)


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