Church Music Pt. 3!

I have often been asked what to look for in a good church. To me, the answer comes down to two simple issues: preaching and music. Depending on the day, my feeling as to which is more important waivers. Yes, depending on your stage of life, children and youth ministries could play a factor in choosing a good church, but even then, if dad and mom aren’t being fed, then a whizzbang kid’s ministry or a hip-happening teen ministry won‘t sustain the parents religious life once their kids have aged out.That’s why it is so important for the adults in a family unit to find a church that emphasizes Biblical Truth and Authentic Worship. When coming together, the Body of Christ is in unison in lessons from Scripture and worship to God. Every Christian must be able to sense the presence of Jesus in the sermons they hear the presence of Jesus in worship. Again, I cannot separate which is most important because both are vital to a long term, maturing life in Christ. It is simply a choice to talk about preaching first. The Apostle Paul explains the importance of preaching in Romans 15:14-16, “I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another. Yet I have written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.” There must be something that can be applied to the life of a Believer that is directly attributed to what they are learning on Sunday morning. There must be something in the spoken words of the preacher that in some way resonates with the listener. There must be something in the message that “speaks” to the soul. There must be something in a sermon that either reminds the Christian of a lesson once learned or a challenge to be proactive in the life of Christ. James, the brother of Jesus tells us to not only be hearer’s of the Word but to be doer’s of the Word as well. (James 1:22) It is in solid Biblical preaching that the richness of Scripture is pulled out and the lessons are made clear. It is though preaching that the Christian is challenged to apply the Word of God. If the Believer is not challenged, then there is danger in faith drying up and attending church becomes more of a ritual and less of a life changing experience. So this week-end, go to church! Listen to the pastor and learn something and figure out a way to apply what you heard. If you leave the Sanctuary refreshed, renewed and eager to follow God’s Word then you know you are in a good church!

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