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A New Christian Should Find A Church
WHY GO TO CHURCH?
It can be difficult being a Christian on your own! Yes, you do have Jesus now resident within you, and he's the first person you should talk to and share all aspects of your life with. However, it's important to find other Christians to talk to. You will encourage them by talking about your new life and they will encourage you by sharing their support and experience.
EVERY CHURCH IS DIFFERENT
There's no such thing as the perfect church. Each one is different, so you need to look around and try various ones to see which one is best for you. For example, some people like a quiet church, others prefer loud,noisy worship.
MAKE IT A HABIT
Once you have found a church that seems right for you, it's important to take part in the life of the church group that meets there. Find people of your own age group if you can, as you will normally relate better to them.
TYPES OF CHURCHES
Churches are normally allied to DENOMINATIONS, which means they come under distinctive groupings, for example:
A: ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHES
B: PROTESTANT CHURCHES
C: FREE CHURCHES
D: HOUSE CHURCHES
A brief explanation of each is as follows:
ROMAN CATHOLIC: Come under the authority of the Pope in Rome. They rely heavily on tradition as the rule of what they believe.
PROTESTANT CHURCHES: These cover a variety of non-Roman Catholic groupings, for example: BAPTIST, METHODIST, CHURCH OF ENGLAND,PENTECOSTAL.
FREE CHURCHES: These are often local fellowships with no particular loyalty to a national grouping.
HOUSE CHURCHES: As the name implies, they meet in a home setting and are more informal than normal church building denominations.
WHAT DOES EVANGELICAL MEAN?
Sooner or later you will hear of some churches being described as "EVANGELICAL". This normally means that they are strong Bible believing Chirstians who trust the Bible as the final authority on what to believe. They are often very keen to see other people become Christians and make that a high priority.
WHAT DOES CHARISMATIC MEAN?
In church circles this term is often used to describe church fellowships where the gifts of the Holy Spirit are used and encouraged. Charismatic church fellowships could belong to any denomination or a house church, for example.
YOU MAY LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN MEANS YOU WILL BE PERSECUTED
You need to spend much time in prayer to Jesus to lead you and to guide you. He knows what you need and you will need to trust him for your future life. Listen to what he tells you and be obedient to him.
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