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How to Join an Evangelical Church
Evangelical churches believe in the bodily death and resurrection of Jesus. That is, His Gospel is the only way for mankind to enter God's Kingdom. If you are interested in worshiping God, finding healing and restoration, and growing literally with the Holy Spirit, consider joining an evangelical church.
Show up to worship and to learn.Decide you believe and profess belief in the Gospel. If asked about your beliefs, say that Jesus Christ is your Lord and savior, and that you trust Him for "salvation by grace, through faith, not by works or good deeds you are to do".
Expect that this church is more than rituals.There is singing of worship songs, a few hymns and listening to a sermon. It is not about reciting sermons, written prayers and going on with business. This church involves personal spiritual and emotional growth, andgiving, not necessarily financially, but getting involved in a fellowship which promotes learning, growing, healing and restoration.
Search for a new church.Ask around for a church. Look for church signs, look online, or in the phone book for a church that calls themselvescharismatic, orevangelical, some are called Pentecostal. It may be difficult to find in a phone book, so try getting references from contacts.
- When you find the church that appeals to you, no need to call the pastor and introduce yourself. If you do, he might ask why you want to attend this sort of church and how you came to find God.
Try out a weekend service.Friendly members will be happy to see a new face, so politely introduce yourself to someone who greets you, and tell them that you are currently searching for a new church. It takes more than one session to know if this is your church, so don't feel that you should join that church immediately.
If you feel comfortable with the settings, it's time to establish your place within that community.By introducing yourself to members, forming mutual attachments, and going to the external activities, people will know that you intend to stay. In a very small church the pastor may agree to pay a visit to your home.
Be baptized if you have not.Ask to join and you can. Some churches have lessons, or training, but it is usually very informal, up to you;.
Serve and/or participate.You can commit to any activity you want, such as sharing Bible studies, youth groups, healing-prayer groups, old people groups, alpha courses, choir, music, whatever suits you. Cooperate in such a way as to know and grow with others.
Carry on, you do not need to actually sign up, just attend.You will want to if you genuinely like the church then you've found home!
- Charismatic churches sometimes worship with loud music, and catchy type lyrics. It may puzzle you a bit, but remember your worship is your personal choice. I personally don't jump around and raise my arms in the air, and everyone is fine with that.
- You can spillanythingthat's bothering you because evangelicals love to heal emotionally/spiritually broken people. They will help you, hence you can help others.
- Don't lose courage if things aren't looking great for your life. If you encounter spiritual warfare remember that God will always end up victorious. There will always be members who go through similar things, who can counsel you. Ask for prayer for you needs and good desires.
- Also have FUN. People believe they must be grave and grim to be noticed by God. You don't. The Bible says: "Laughter does good like a medicine." You should enjoy following God.
- The original Christian congregations of the Bible were full of new beginnings and joy like an evangelical or charismatic church should be -- not made up of ritualism.
- If this just isn't your church, you do not need to tell the pastor or anyone, but if you do wish to explain, do it politely, earlier if possible so they don't grieve you leaving.
- This church also believes in the Biblical Satan and his demons. The understanding is that once you genuinely join God's kingdom, you may see spiritual battles with the kingdom of darkness.
- They believe in the Holy Spirit's gifts, and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Some peoplemayspeak in tongues, during a service, and other such seemingly unusual things may happen sometimes. Don't be concerned as long as these are the Biblical gifts, the members praise God and advocate Jesus Christ as the Lord.
- Evangelical and charismatic churches are open to the blessings of the Holy Spirit.
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