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Finding A Church

Published on 1/15/2017
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Finding A Church

     My wife and I, after a long period of seeing the church that we were in drifting away from clear teaching of sound Biblical doctrine and focusing more on man made methods to achieve increases in church attendance, we sat down with our pastors and elders and explained why were leaving.

     We then sought to find a church that we could get to that had true expositional preaching and teaching of the Bible rather than one that simply followed the latest trends. It took a few months of searching, but we did find information about a church that sounded like it might be what we were looking for, and so, about three years ago, we visited that church for the first time.

     The man who preached the sermon that first day we visited that church was one of the elders. The reason for that was because the church did not have a pastor at the time, and hadn't had one for almost two years. But that elder did a fine job of preaching on a passage of Scripture, conveying to us the significance of it in its context.

     All too often as individuals read their Bibles, or their pastors and others preach and teach from passages of Scripture, they make it say what they they want it to say in order to justify a point they want to make. They haven't taken the time to do all they could to determine what those versess are actually talking about in the context where they are found.

     We returned to that church the following Sunday, and heard a sermon given by another of their elders. Again, it was a clear teaching from the Bible. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised to hear elders who obviously studied the Bible and respected it as the very Word of God and not a collection of sayings that they could use for whatever purposes they pleased.

    In the following weeks we got to hear sermons by the other elders, and they all did a very respectable job of preaching that honored God and His Word. We also learned that the elders were diligently seeking to find a new pastor to serve the church.

     When they found a man they believed would make a good pastor, they invited him to come and preach the sermon for two Sundays. For the first Sunday, the elders chose the passage of Scripture that they wanted him to use as the basis for his sermon. (They wanted to be sure he was capable to preaching from any passage and not just share something that he'd given before that was exceptionally better than what he typically was able to give.)

    Well, the sermon he gave that Sunday was a very clear exposition of the passage from that had been assigned to him. Everybody, including my wife and I, were very impressed with how well he knew not just the meaning of words in the original languages, but also the historical context of how the words and phrases were used. He also appropriately explained the significance of what the passage should mean to followers of Jesus Christ.

     On the following Sunday, the elders let the man preach on whatever passage of Scripture he chose. Once again the sermon was a wonderfully clear and powerful presentation from the Bible.

    The elders and the rest of the church overwhelmingly approved of this man becoming our new pastor. It wasn't long before he and his family settled into the parsonage and he was preaching nearly every Sunday. And Sunday after Sunday the sermons seem to keep getting better.

     It is great to have a pastor who treats the Bible as the very Word of God and therefore seeks to expound it as it was originally written under the inspiration of God's Spirit. But what impresses me even more than that is to be in a church that takes seriously the Biblical qualifications for who should be an elder.

    In Paul's letter to Titus, he gave instructions on who should be appointed as elders. One of the qualifications was this:

He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (Tit 1:9) ESV

     That passage may not mean that everyone who serves as an elder in a church must be gifted to preach a well constructed sermon, but every elder should know sound Biblical doctrine well enough to both instruct others in it, and to recognize and be able to rebuke those who teach things that contradict what the Bible actually says.

     In so many churches there are elders who do not have a firm knowledge and understanding of the Bible. Therefore they are not able to teach, preach, or give counsel in ways that conform to what God teaches in His Word. And if elders don't know what the Bible really teaches, then when they need to find a new pastor they are liable to go for somebody who meets the world's standards as a talented manager or CEO rather than the kind of shepherd that God wants to lead and properly equip a flock of His followers.

     If you are a Christian, I hope you are in a church with elders who were chosen because of their Biblical qualifications, and who seek to continue to grow in their proper understanding of the Bible.

    If you are ever in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on a Sunday, I hope you'll drop by our church. Here is a link to their website.


     If you'd like to hear what kind of sermons our pastor gives, here is a link to a site that has recordings of them.

Sermon Audio - FBC Weymouth

     I am delighted to be in a church that takes so diligently seeks to only have elders who have a good understanding of the written Word of God, so that they can base their decisions and recommendations on what the Bible says. I hope other Christians will seek to be in churches with that kind of leadership.


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