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
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
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
Look for a church that believes that
the Bible is true
If you'd like, print out a copy of this
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".
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
Grace Community 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.
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
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
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
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
Yourself Some Pain
We'll be happy to send you a free copy
of the Gospel
(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)