Is There a Church Like Yours Near Me?
We often receive this question. You are not alone. There are others seeking a New Testament church like they read about in the book of Acts.
There are few churches left that will take a strong stand for God's word in doctrine and practice, require the loving and serving fellowship the Bible describes, and exalt spiritual things over natural things as their bond and lifestyle.
You live in the perilous times of the last days, when corrupt Christianity threatens the true saints and churches of Jesus Christ. Read II Timothy 3:1-4:4 as a single lesson warning of an effeminate, carnal, compromising, and worldly brand of Christianity.
The times are perilous, because most Christians love pleasures more than God, have only a form of godliness, and turn away from the truth to fables and entertainment. Here is our document on this passage: Perilous Times.
If we were you, we would search your city and area for churches going under these various names:
1. Primitive Baptist.
2. Particular Baptist.
3. Strict Baptist.
4. Sovereign Grace Baptist.
5. Reformed Baptist.
6. Landmark Baptist.
When you find a church, with or without one of these names, either from its website or a visit, determine the following:
1. King James Version.
2. Preach election and predestination.
3. Preach against Catholic holidays.
4. Sober assemblies with strong preaching.
5. Holiness evident in speech and dress.
6. Obvious love to visitors and each other.
7. Godly-appearing children and youth.
8. Preaching against the world for holiness.
9. Lively church with zeal in pulpit and pew.
10. Good proportion of God-loving youth.
These are only a few indicators whether a church is a New Testament church or not. There is much more to learn about a church, but these points should get you started.
We are sorry our answer is not more cheerful. But rejoice! Rejoice that God has chosen you to live in these perilous times of the last days and earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). Count it an honor to defend His truth.
Please contact us, if we can do anything else to serve you in the glorious gospel of God's dear Son. If convenient or possible, you are welcome to visit us, and we can discuss these things face to face. Contact us for assistance in any arrangements.
May God the blessed Father grant you the conviction, courage, wisdom, and strength to know and do His perfect will in these perilous times of the last days through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Ghost.