We’ve had an unusual amount of people in our church relocate out of Charlotte this year due to transitions with their jobs and families. Consequently, I’ve been asked this question a lot, “What church should I join?” It’s a great question and one that many spend little time giving much prayer and thought. Whether you are relocating to a new city or looking for a new church home, it’s important to know what kind of church to which you should belong. So, what type of church should I join? Let’s use Acts 2:41-47 to help determine the answer to one of the most important questions in a Christian’s life.
→ Join a church that is Bible-centered and doctrinally sound.
Acts 2:41-42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls, And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread.
- “Do they believe and teach the Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God?”
- “How do they preach ‘his word’? Is it driven by stories, opinions, and psychology, or is it saturated by the Scriptures?”
- “Are people invited to be saved and baptized regularly? Is there a plea for Christians to evangelize others?”
- “Are they strong on the gospel and doctrine of Christ or is the gospel rarely mentioned?”
- “What do they believe about the Lord’s Supper? Is it a means to salvation or the worshipful response of saved people?”
I love our deacons! It wasn’t until the beginning of this year (year #7 of our church) that we instituted the deacon ministry. Up to this point it was an unnecessary role due to the age of our church and spiritual growth. When we first launched in 2008, we established a Leadership Team for both accountability and assistance but it was clear toward the end 2014 that it was time to take the next step of structure in our young church. As the Lord led, we set aside four men who had proven to be Acts 6 men, men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom. Since January of this year they have served me and our church well. In this post I thought I would take a moment to talk about the Biblical deacon. What are deacons?
Yesterday we celebrated our 7th Anniversary as Laurel Baptist Church. It’s always a special time to stop and reflect on what God has done in building His church. Yesterday’s services were no different. As we reflect on seven years and begin year eight, I want to share with you a few “anniversary thoughts.”
We are still passionate about this being God’s House. This is not our house, but God’s house. It is His work. A work in which He said He would build and not even hell could stop it. What happens at LBC is not the ingenuity of man, but rather the blessings of God’s Spirit. It’s not about achieving a ministry status or a church record. It’s about honoring this place as God’s house. “Lord, this is YOUR house!”
We are still an imperfect church. If you’re waiting for us to reach perfection, you’ll be waiting until Jesus comes. Laurel is not a perfect church (and never will be), but we are Christ’s church. As Christ’s church, we are accepted just as we are and are humbled by His grace. We’re not trying to be like anyone, but Jesus Christ. He is the standard by which are church is measured, not man nor organizations.