Editor’s Note: Joel Renner is the CEO of RENNER Ministries. Alongside his father, Joel has actively participated for many years in nearly every facet of the daily operations of the ministry. Joel resides in Moscow, Russia, with his wife and two sons.
Things to Look Out for When Choosing a Church
Today there are so many Church’s that people can choose from. So, what do people look for in a church:
- Is it close to my house?
- Is the music loud?
- Is the music to religious?
- Is the church old?
- Is the church young?
- Is the church to bright?
- Is the church to dark?
- Are the seats comfortable?
- What time are the church services?
- How long are the Church services?
- How do people dress?
- Do they have children’s classes?
- Is there the teaching of the Bible?
All of these questions are good and the list could go on and on probably for pages. But let me tell you what is the most important part of the church service for me.
To me the most important factor in going to a church is “Do they teach the Bible?”.
The Bible is the inspired word of God. We know this from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that says “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.”
The bible is also a double edged sword and we see this in Hebvrew 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
I want the teaching of the bible in my life, my wife’s life, my kids’ life and in my family because it is the inspired by God and is profitable for us to have.
So, if I go to a church that doesn’t have good bible teaching I won’t want to go back. What is interesting is that when you are new Christian the teaching you get is all new to you so most churches would be profitable to you but as you grow you want to learn the deeper things and that tends to move people to either look for someone who can teach the deeper things or it moves people to a church where the teaching is strong.
Of course, in Hebrew 10:25 we see that the bibles says “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” So, we need to go to church in any case but if there is a choice of what Church to go to for me I would go to the church that teach’s the bible.