The Bible says that there is only ONE church (Eph. 4:4), so why the plethora of options to choose from? Are churches really that different? Are there good churches and bad churches? Is there a right church or a wrong church? How can I be sure I’m making the correct choice?
Perhaps, you’re currently “shopping” for the best church in Duluth, Minnesota. If you are, let me help whittle-down your choices, and give you four reasons why you should NOT “Pick” Northern Light Christian Church (NLCC).
- God has not instructed you to “pick” a church, When you entered into a relationship with Jesus you became the church – God “picked” you. No bible-believing church (including NLCC) has the market cornered on being the best option of “The Church,” for you (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).
- God has not called us to create programs for you and your family… If you are picking a church based on available programs that can meet your family’s needs, we are not for you. The bible teaches that you shouldn’t be looking for a place that can meet all your needs, but a place where you can be a part of meeting other people’s needs (Ephesians 4:11-13).
- God is not interested in your expectations… People frequently “pick” a church based on their own expectations. We know that NLCC can’t live up to your expectations, so we have chosen to jettison our personal expectations in lieu of God’s expectations, as revealed in the Bible (Matthew 28:18-20).
- God has no interest in being your acquaintance, Maybe you’re picking a church where you can invest a few hours per week at a Sunday gathering. If so, NLCC is not for you. Like Jesus, we have no interest in being your acquaintance, we want a genuine relationship with you and your family. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
So then, how do you find your church? Pray for direction and listen to what God is saying. Keep an open-mind as to how God may use your unique talents to serve others. Establish roots in a place where you and your family can go “all-in” to fulfill Jesus’ purpose; where real growth is dependent upon genuine relationships with Jesus and others. God has already determined your perfect place – be open to accepting where that is for you.