"How do I pick a Church?"
10 But you who eat vegetables only – why do you judge your brother or sister? And you who eat everything – why do you despise your brother or sister?
For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. Matt 25:31; 2Cor 5:10;
11 For it is written, ¨As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and
every tongue will give praise to God.¡¬ Isa 45:23; Phil 2:10; 12 Therefore, each
of us will give an account of himself to God. Ps 62:12; Jer 17:10; Jer 32:19;
Matt 16:27; Rom 2:6; 1Cor 3:8; 2Cor 5:10; Gal 6:5; Rev 2:23; Rev 22:12;
13 Therefore we must not pass judgment on one another, but rather determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister. 1Cor
10:32; 2Cor 6:3; 14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that there is
nothing unclean in itself; still, it is unclean to the one who considers it unclean. Matt 15:11; Acts 10:15; 1Cor 8:4; 1Tim 4:4; 15 For if your brother or
sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer walking in
love. Do not destroy by your food someone for whom Christ died. 1Cor 8:11;
16 Therefore do not let what you consider good be spoken of as evil. 17 For
the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness,
peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 1Cor 8:8; 18 For the one who serves Christ in
this way is pleasing to God and approved by people.
Romans 14 : 10-18
We should not judge one another in such things as the eating or not eating of certain foods and the observing of
special days. The food referred to may be meat that had been offered in sacrifice to idols (1 Corin. 8). The sacred
days may refer to the Jewish insistence that Gentiles observe the Sabbath and other Jewish feast days. The Lord’s
day, the first day of the week, was the Christian’s day. If Je wish or gentile Christians wanted to observe, in addition, the Jewish Sabbath, that was their privilege. But they must not insist that others do the same thing.
(Halley’s Bible Handbook ; 2000, history and commentaries; page 271),
Judging others: We shouldn’t j udge those who are weak in faith but accept them with love. (vv. 2-3) Paul here
talks of vegetarians who were weak in the fa ith because they felt convicted about eating, meat. Others who were
weak in the faith felt that there were certain days when the Lord should be worshiped. Paul encouraged the Christians to allow each other their personal convictions without trying to put them on everyone else. To set at nought
a brother is to say that he isn’t a Christian. When we stand before God for j udgment, it won’t be to determine our
salvation, for that is already secure. He’ll judge our works and the motivation behind our works, then give us our
place in His kingdom (Philippians 2: 10, 11). Paul warns against enjoying our freedom in Christ to the detriment of
our weaker fellow Christians. God and men accept us if we’re walk ing in the Spir it. We shouldn’t destroy the work
of God in a person’s life because we disagree about eating meat. We can do something that isn’t wrong in itself,
but is evil because it offends someone else. It’s wrong to try to agree someone out of his convictions, since his
conscience will condemn him if he is committing sin.
(New Testament Study Guide; 2005; Chuck Smith; commentary)
Don’t we see a lot of this today? One Church says this is okay and than a another one will say, NO it’s this way.
So much of disagreement going on today. Than we have many Churches that think they are the only Church, tha t
they are the only one’s approved by God. So how do you know who is right and who is wrong? Read the Bible, if it
does not line up with the Word what they are teaching, than they are not on the up and up. Next ; what is their
doctrine? What is their mission and mission statement? Do they have any missions in your neighborhood? What
are other people saying about them ( today with computers, and internet, you can research any denomination or
non-denomination, some of it may be hearsay, if there are 3 or 4 complaints on the same topic than I would research carefully.) Do you feel the Holy Spirit there? Do you hear them speak of Jesus at all? (sounds funny I know
but Satan even believes in God). Is the teaching in the Word accurate, or a lot of manmade thoughts in it, like well
this means this and that, but you have read and studied the Word and know it does not say that. Is there prayer
and fellowship there? Do the people act like family or they from out of this world? Is there a lot of condemnation?
If there is that is not God, He only br ings conviction. How often do they pass the plate?? Do they share budget
info so that you know they are being; good stewards of what God has given them to take care of? When you need
help, is anybody home? Every Church has overhead/bills, but if all they teach on is money that they need? (where
God guides, He provides). When the collection is taken are you belittled because ...you can do better?.....NO, this is
not a joke…..this is happening in a lot of c hurches, today. If a person has counseling there is it broadcast on the
microphone? Are you looked down upon, if you are a ne w Christian? Do they provide mentors, someone to answer
questions. I always pray before I attend/ or visit a Church. I also pray and ask Jesus to guide me to a Church He
prefers me to fellowship in. If your spir it is not be ing fed a lso, if you keep going, and you don’t feel your spirit being fed and it happens all the time, than you are probably in the wrong church….it does not matter if Mom/Dad or
Aunt Betty Sue attended there, just going to Church will not get you into heaven, neither will works. I know all
this above sounds funny, but when I hear this Scripture I think of this. How do I know?? I frequently visit other
Churches by invitation; I thirst for teaching; fellowship, so I go when the Lord leads me. I have been in some
really strange Churches, but every single Church I was invited to by a person, thinks their Church is the Church. As
I said; I pray and ask before I go, to be led by Him. I have learned many different formats for preaching, and God
allowed me to witness that. I am weary of Churches that speak of Jesus as was, when He is, He is very much alive
and well, pastors are the leaders/stewards, not God. Some may disagree with me but I really don’t believe heaven
will have different seating areas for different denominations, we are one body with many parts. Am I saying all
Churches/denominations are on the up and up? No, I am not…..you are allowed to test the spirits, and to use wisdom and ask for confirmation…...if it does not line up with, the Bible than question it. Today I have witnessed so
many mis-truths, so be aware of your surroundings.
What am I? Non-denomination, but of God’s denomination. We associate with Calvary Chapel in affiliation with
some of their pastors, and also one from the Wesleyan Church (which is my home church) and I fellowship with
Calvary Chapel Church. Spirit Walker Ministry/Chapel Flock is a ministry without walls, with virtual Chapel’s on
line, a devotional/news letter/Bible Study and will be starting Bible studies in my home…..
1 After Moses the LORD Deut 34:5; Deut 1:38; 2 1 Cross the Jordan River!2 Lead these people into the land which I am ready to hand over to them.3 3 I am handing over to you every place you set foot, as I promised Moses.1 Deut 11:24; Josh 14:9; 4 Your territory will extend from the wilderness in the south to Lebanon in the north. It will extend all the way to the great River Euphrates in the east (including all of Syria)1 and all the way to the Mediterranean Sea2 in the west.3 5 No one will be able to resist you1 all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not abandon you or leave you alone. Deut 31:6; Deut 31:8; Heb 13:5-6; 6 Be strong and brave! You must lead these people in the conquest of this land that I solemnly promised their ancestors I would hand over to them.1 Deut 31:23; 7 Make sure you are1 very strong and brave! Carefully obey2 all the law my servant Moses charged you to keep!3 Do not swerve from it to the right or to the left, so that you may be successful4 in all you do.5 Deut 5:32; Deut 28:14; 8 This law scroll must not leave your lips!1 You must memorize it2 day and night so you can carefully obey3 all that is written in it. Then you will prosper4 and be successful.5 Ps 1:2; 9 I repeat,1 be strong and brave! Don2 for I, the LORD your God, am with you in all you do.3 Joshua 1 : 1-9
37 Jesus said to him, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Deut 6:5; Deut 10:12; Deut 30:6; Luke 10:27; 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. Lev 19:18; Mark 12:31; Rom 13:9; Gal 5:14; Eph 5:2; 1Thess 4:9; Jas 2:8; 40 All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments. Matthew 22 : 37-40
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. Matt 7:22; Rom 12:7; Matt 17:20; Matt 21:21; Mark 11:23; Luke 17:6; 3 If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit.
4 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. Prov 10:12; 1Pet 4:8; 5 It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. 1Cor 10:24; Phil 2:4; 6 It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. 2John 1:4; 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, 10 but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. 2Cor 3:18; 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corin. 13
"Jesus Christ is Lord"
___________5 For there is one God and one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human, John 17:3; Rom 3:30; Gal 3:19; Heb 9:15; 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, revealing God Matt 20:28; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14
16 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. Rom 5:8; Rom 8:31; 1John 4:9; John 3:36; Luke 19:10; 1John 5:10; 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. Luke 9:56; John 9:39; John 12:47; 1John 4:14; 18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. John 5:24; John 6:40; John 6:47; John 20:31; 19 Now this is the basis for judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. John 1:5; 20 For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. 21 But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God. Eph 5:8; Eph 5:13; .....John 3: 16-20.......pray and seek God on what church to attend....than search the Bible....does that Church line up with the Word?....always test the spirits, use discernment.....be wise....it does not say be stupid....
Wisdom.. if you are questioning something....about a life circumstance, church.....think...." would Jesus do that??"
Search..the Bible look for Scripture pertaining to it
Test.. the spirits, we are allowed to
Pray.....ask for confirmation
Discernment......the whole Bible talks of wisdom...it does not say be stupid.
Witness....your whole life is a silent witness, so what kind will you leave behind?
Stewart.. we are to be wise, and take care of what He has given us; and what we are to do.
Council...at times maybe required....make sure they are on the up and up.....
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