It can be hard to find a good church. If you are a new believer it would be very difficult to know the difference between a good and a bad church. When doing a search the following can help you but are not always true but mostly are true.
- If the following are in the name they are not Christians: Seventh Day Adventist, Latter-day Saints, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and Catholic.
- If the church is Lutheran, Episcopal, Methodist, Church of Christ and Church of God then there is a very good chance they are not a good church.
- If the name contains United, Universal or some form of uni then there is a good sign they are not going to be a good church
- If the website mentions yoga or Buddism it is not going to be a good church.
These are questions you should ask the pastor of a potential church.
Do you believe the Bible contains no errors or contradictions?
No equivocation allowed here. There are on errors or contradictions in the church.
Do you believe in a Literal 6 Day Creation?
Jesus did (Matt 19:4).
Do you believe In a literal Hell and eternal punishment?
Jesus did (Matt 25).
Do you believe that the only good version of the Bible is the King James Version?
There are several good versions of the Bible(ESV, NASB). You do not want to be a part of a KJV only Church because they are very legalistic. There are people that are actually Christians that are KJV only, however it is often a legalistic church.
Does your church hold to a confession of faith?
If they agree to a confession that is a good sign. There are many good ones. If they do then you can so and read it and decide if you agree. A good church might not hold to a confession of faith.
When you distribute The Lord's Supper, do you emphasize the need to examine yourself?
Paul did (I Cor 11:27-32)
Did a person who is living in a persistent lifestyle of sin inherit eternal life?
Sinners can certainly be Forgiven, but practicing sinners did not inherit eternal life (I John3:8-9).
Does your church exercise church discipline?
Paul said we should (I Cor 5).
What are the essentials of the faith?
Father, Son, Holy Spirit,( 3 persons in 1 God), Jesus is truly God and truly man, Salvation through Faith alone, the inerrancy of Scripture.