What to Look For in a Church in Nashville
The church is not a structure, but a body of believers. What you learn about the Bible and your connection with God will come through your church, and that makes the process of finding that church very important. Nashville has plenty of options, so we've put together a guide to help you find the church that is right for you.
1. The church teaches the fundamentals of the Bible
If you are looking for a new place of worship, the church should believe:
- Jesus is the son of God (1 John 5:20)
- The Bible is inspired by the the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21)
- God offers salvation salvation by grace through faith, repentance, and baptism by immersion for the remission of sins. (Ephesians 2:1-10; Colossians 2:8-14)
- There is a heaven and a hell (2 Peter 3)
For a church not to believe in these essentials, they are not following the Bible or the way of God.
2. The church seeks Biblical truth
Church service should be steeped in Scripture. Many voices are teaching a wide variety of beliefs, and it's hard to cut through the noise. God's way is the right way, and we should seek to uphold His will. A church should speak only when the Bible speaks.
3. They participate in community service
One of the most important things in each of our lives is the people that we share our lives with. Volunteering and giving back not only builds stronger communities but strengthens our faith. The church should offer community service as a way to feed yourself spiritually and strengthen your bond with others.
4. They support long-term missionaries around the world
Long-term missionary work provides individuals and families with the opportunity to help establish and support the word of Christ. Look for a church that not only participates in missions in the U.S. but areas of the world where Christianity is sometimes unknown.
5. They focus on helping the community grow
People need to have their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs met and the right church will provide this for you. Jesus gave us the blueprint for bringing together a community when He fed of a group 4,000 (Mark 8:1-9). Your church should do the same, and facilitate happiness by spreading the word of God.
6. They contribute within the surrounding community
The basic function of the church is to be proactive in everyday life. It was Christ who looked at the needs of others and satisfied those needs unselfishly. The right church will actively get involved in the community with a primary focus on giving back.
7. They help you enter into worship
The church does not belong to the people; it belongs to the Lord. Look for a congregation that tries to understand how they can help get involved in the meaningful service of the Lord and makes you feel accepted. Additionally, the music, messages, and prayers shouldn't distract you from giving glory to God. You know it's the right church when you aren't distracted from His word.