Do you know how to tell if a church is "great" or "growing"? Is it the massive stage on which the pulpit sits? The number of cars in the parking lot? A lot of times how we judge if a church is right for us is the convenience. Do I like the music? Is the service too late or too early in the morning? How big is their Revival? But even the smallest of churches can be doing great things. We studied the early Christian church in Acts today and looked a few of traits that we can use to compare to today's churches.
- Deep unity
- Uncommon eternal perspective
- Unashamedly Jesus-centered
- In God's favor
- Obvious absence of poverty
- Remarkable generosity
- Whole-hearted confidence in leadership
Do you recognize these traits in your church? Or are they at least goals to work towards?
Today's service gave us new things to look for in a church home. I'm not as concerned if I don't find people my own age or have children of the same age, or if their welcoming committee is bending over backwards to get us to return. I need a church that will help me deepen my faith, challenge me, and remind me to make Christ my number one priority.
But we have to remember, we are the church. What can we do to keep Christ center of it?