What Do You Look For in a Church?

You can find about anything you want in churches these days. Looking for a good time, lots of parties, social events, hay-rides, bowling leagues, trips to a theme park? Lonely, need a friend, need a partner in business, marriage, or even physical fitness? You can find all those things, yes indeed, in some kind of a church.

Is it right for churches to get involved in things like the above? Who has the right to tell the church what it can and cannot do? There’s but one answer: the one who owns controlling interest in the church. Paul said the Almighty “has hath put all things under his (Jesus’) feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all” (Eph. 1:22-23). The church belongs exclusively to Jesus (Acts 20:28; Matt. 16:18).

Jesus promised to build a church, but never a social club. It is his body and as head he alone has the right to direct its activities. Peter called it a “spiritual house” which is to offer up “spiritual sacrifices” (1 Pet. 2:5). If you are looking for a church that is vehemently trying to be that and that alone, we ask you to come check us out at the Valley Station congregation right here in town. We offer sermons, not sandwiches; scriptures, not socials and we will never abandon our love and loyalty to the written word. -- DRS

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