What should you look for in a church? Music style? Friendly people? Exciting programs? Certain traditions? The latest Christian fad?
According to the Bible, the most important measure of a church is how it handles the Word of God. The New Testament has three books (1st & 2nd Timothy & Titus) written to pastors explaining church protocol. In fact, 25 of the 30 commands given refer to the faithful teaching and preaching of God’s Word. None are about style, music, programs, or traditions. Only God knows exactly what you truly need, and His method of providing it is via the clear, line-by-line teaching of His Word.
If you are looking for a church, make every effort to find one that exalts God’s Word; where its consistent and accurate teaching strengthens, feeds, and changes your life. Don’t settle for, or subject your family to, anything less! Here at Richland Creek, the entire staff, elders, and deacons are excited to exalt the authority and priority of God’s Word.
Why Become a Member?
First, membership identifies us as a follower of Christ. We come together with other believers as the Body of Christ. Many members, but one body (Ephesians 2:19, Romans 12:5).
Second, membership provides a spiritual family and moves us away from isolation. It provides accountability and a nurturing environment to grow. We encourage one another daily to keep us from backsliding and to become snared by sin’s deceitfulness (Galatians 6:1-2; Ephesians 5:21).
Third, membership gives us a place to discover and use our spiritual gifts in ministry. It helps us develop and strengthen our faith where God can use us to build His church (1 Cor. 12:4-27).
Fourth, as members of Christ’s body, we are His hands, His feet, His eyes, His heart. It is an incredible privilege to share in His ministry and be God’s instruments on earth (Hebrews 13:17; 20:28-29).
Fifth, God desires you to be an active part of a local church. “Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as some are in the habit of doing, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).