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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 this information. Sometimes you'll find a doctrinal statement, a list of distinctives, or a detailed "About Us" page. It should at least include all of the following.
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 descriptions of what they believe:
Grace Community Church

SW Hills Baptist Church

The following is a church we would not recommend.
For example, notice that there there are no doctrinal statements about sin, salvation, or the eternal destiny of the lost.
Actually there is no statement of faith.
Fourth Presbyterian Church

If a church does not have some form of 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 doctrine, and in particular the above beliefs, is 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

1. What is mankind's biggest problem, sin or self esteem?
2. What must a we do to inherit eternal life?
3. How do you deliver the salvation message?
4. How hard is it to become a Christian?
5. How often do you talk about sin, righteousness and judgment?
6. How seeker sensitive is your church?
7. Who do you do church for?
8. Do you simplify (dumb down) your sermons?
9. Can you explain the Doctrine of the Trinity?
10. Do your sermons emphasize theology or are they more relevant?
11. Describe your youth programs.
12. Describe your evangelism programs.
13. What church growth model do you follow?
14. How much do you give to missions and the hungry?
15. Do you believe the Bible contains no errors or contradictions?
16. Do you believe in a literal six day creation?
17. Do you believe in a literal hell and eternal punishment?
19. When you distribute the Lord's Supper,
do you talk about the need to examine yourself?
20. Can a person who is living in a persistent lifestyle of sin inherit eternal life?
21. Does your church exercise church discipline?
22. Do Sunday school teachers, nursery, and youth volunteers
fill out an application to answer questions about their core beliefs?
23. What are the essentials of the faith?
24. Do you have a cross in your sanctuary?
25. What is the primary purpose of man?


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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