By Jack Homesly
“Well,” I ask, “What kind of church are you looking for?”
Inevitably, someone will say, “A church that’s welcoming and has programs for all ages."
Those are great things, but they are not the most important things to consider when looking for a church home. So, what is important? Having served as a pastor in our community for more than 23 years, here are the top three things I would recommend that you look for in a church family:
1. A high view of scripture. When looking for a potential church home, give serious consideration to how a church views the Bible. I would never join a church without first asking the minister their personal view of the Bible. Do they believe the Bible to be God’s word and completely reliable as the Christian’s only rule for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)?
2. Biblical teaching. The teaching you hear should contain many references to the Bible. If not, it could merely be another human perspective. God’s word will never lead you in a wrong direction (Acts 20:27; 1 Timothy 4:13-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5). There must be a strong dedication to high-quality teaching filled with scripture.
3. A biblical view of Christ. What do they specifically believe about Jesus Christ? Who do they believe Him to be? The Bible clearly declares Him to be the very Son of God (John 14:1). Therefore, anyone teaching otherwise is in disagreement with scripture. I would look for a minister who will always desire their teaching to be in agreement with the Bible.
My prayer is that you’ll find a faithful and loving church family. Accurate teaching of God’s word will strengthen you for life’s challenges. Being part of a great church family will make life in north Mecklenburg far more meaningful and enjoyable!
The Rev. Jack Homesly has served 23 years as senior pastor of Christ Community, a Southern Baptist Church in Huntersville.