Critical Assessment 5: Churches

  • When they believe are they immediately obeying by being baptized? (Generally, this is a group decision and baptism). (Acts 8:36-38; Mt. 28:19-20)
  • Are they clear and certain about Scripture’s authority? (2 Petr. 1:19-21)
  • Are these new groups of believers intentional to start functioning as churches (Acts 14:23) – How are you helping them discover this scripturally?
  • Are you resisting the temptation to import your own cultural and denominational approach to how church services, church facilities and other things are to be done? (Acts 18:7) Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth? (John 16:13)
  • Are the believers praying and praising God joyfully in their heart language? (Acts 2:11)
  • Are new believers testifying about their new found faith immediately? (Acts 9:20) – Are they being equipped to interact with skeptical nonbelievers? (1 Cor. 15)
  • Beside outreach, is there worship that focuses on God (2 Cor. 13:14), teaching of the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), fellowship, praying together and the breaking of bread (Acts 2:42), signs and wonders, and a love that manifests itself in acts of mercy (Lk. 10:25-37; Gal. 6:10)?
  • Are new congregations being helped to do outreach to other places from the beginning? (Acts 1:8, Mt. 10:5-7; Acts 19:10)
  • Are existing congregations listening to God to start new outreaches into areas which are not yet reached, as the Holy Spirit did in Antioch (Acts 13:2-3)?

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