How to Find a Good Church and Why

Life can get hectic—we’re juggling work, family, and other commitments, and it can feel like there’s no time for ourselves, let alone time to intentionally seek out Christian community.  

Many of us, despite our best intentions, find ourselves making excuses for not regularly gathering with other believers.  

For some, it may be fear of judgment because we’ve stayed away from Christian community too long or we worry that our struggles, doubts, or shortcomings will make us outcasts, so we continue to keep our distance.  

As a result of negative past experiences with “church” or other forms of Christian community (e.g., small groups, bible studies, prayer groups), some believers have chosen to shy away from community altogether.  

Others may simply be battling apathy, or a general feeling of disconnection with our faith. 

No matter our reason(s), the truth remains that we were created for community. We weren’t meant to do life alone.  

God created us for relationship – with Him, and with each other.  

We need each other to grow, to thrive, and to experience the fullness of God’s love.  

Jesus Modeled Christian Community

Each of us are on a journey to be more like Jesus. When Jesus walked the earth, He didn’t do it alone either. He had His disciples by His side – a tight-knit community of friends.  

They must have laughed together in astonishment when He turned water to wine. They cried with Him at the tomb of Lazarus, and a few minutes later stood witness as their dead friend came back to life! They also learned together at the feet of Jesus.  

And when Jesus sent them out to spread the Gospel, they weren’t sent out alone. He sent them out in pairs, knowing that they would need each other’s support and companionship. 

When we come together as fellow believers, we find support, encouragement, and strength in numbers—as Deuteronomy 32:30 reminds us,  

“One can chase a thousand, two ten thousand…”

When we do life together, we reflect the love and unity of our triune God. Jesus prayed for this!

“I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”

Love and Accountability

Gathering with other believers is where we can tangibly experience the presence and love of God through our interactions with one another. 

1 John 4:12 (NIV) reminds us that “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” 

When we gather together, we become vessels of God’s love to each other.  

We lift each other up when we’re feeling down, we celebrate each other’s victories, and we pray for each other so that our strength won’t fail.  

And in those moments, God’s love flows freely through us, binding us together in unity and strength. 

Experiencing God’s love through Christian community is about walking through life’s joys and sorrows together, and knowing that we’re never alone. In Romans 12:15 (NIV), it says,

"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."

That’s the heart of Christian community – standing shoulder to shoulder, supporting and uplifting each other in every season of life. 

Being a part of a community of believers also provides accountability, growth, and the opportunity to sharpen one another spiritually. Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) says,  

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."

When we surround ourselves with other believers who are passionate about their faith, we’re challenged to grow deeper in our own walk with the Lord. 

So, if you’re not already plugged into Christian community, what are you waiting for? Find a church, join a small group, and/or get involved in ministry – whatever it takes to surround yourself with fellow believers who will journey with you through life’s highs and lows. 

Instead of letting busyness, fear, past hurts, or other distractions sent by the enemy hold us back, let’s lean into community. As we abide, we can trust God to make it a place where we’ll find support, encouragement, and a deeper connection with God and others. 

"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

How to Find A Good Church

Christian community is most commonly experienced within a local assembly of believers, or a local church home.  

If you don’t have a local church, our “How to Find A Good Church” tool can help you find a Bible believing church where you can become planted, serve, and grow.

If you live in a geographic location where access to church is restricted, you can still create and experience Christian community in your house or a local coffee shop. Or if matters of security exist because a region is hostile towards Christianity, or Christianity is restricted, you may consider gathering online or over the phone.  

We created our weekly gathering tool to help you experience Christian community on a weekly basis, outside of a church building.  

As you seek out Christian Community, allow the Holy Spirit to lead, provide, and protect you, knowing you are spiritually protected once you place your faith and trust in Jesus alone for salvation. 

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