Hi. Welcome to this posting. After that series of postings on study methods you may ask, so, I have all this information and what do I do with it? Simple. Knowledge without a way to give it out is useless. And while you are busy applying the methods you will need a place of nurturing. A good church can help you.
So what is there to look for in a church?
One that is Bible teaching and Bible believing.
Yes, Dane, but there are so many out there that claim to teach the Bible.
That is true. Therefore I would like to spend some posting helping you see that not all who report to teach the Bible are teaching the Bible.
When I became a Christian in 1968 I had only the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church to fall back on. But I also had the Bible.It was the version that the church gave you and usually sat on the shelf gathering dust. You would let the priest tell you what it said.
Now, I have always been a reader. Put something in my hand and I will read it. The Roman Catholic Church at this time did not want you to read the Bible or if you did you were not to interpret it.. that is, determine what it said. That was the Priests' job who got their understanding from the Pope. More about that later.
I was alway at college.I picked up a King James translation and start reading. Now, I have before this moment had religion classes. I was a product of Roman Cathollic education. We would use the Bible as a text book.more likely the book of Matthew. It has that great passage where, they say, God gave the keys to Peter who was the first pope.
I did not know that was not found in the Bible. I accepted that as true because my teacher said so.
Well, anyway. I was away at Taft, California attending college.
Have any of you read 'The Hound Of Heaven"?.
God found me there and I became a Christian then. Asked Jesus into my llife.
I needed to have a church to worship in. I was no longer a slave to the teachings of the Roman Catholic church This book, the Bible, was starting to make sense. I needed to be under the teaching ministry of a pastor/teacher.
I returned home and started to look for a church fellowship. I stumbled for a while. I heard about a group that taught nothing but the truth and the truth they claimed, came from the Bible alone. But they added more to it. They were the World Wide Church Of God. They were teaching straight British Israelism. they were also teaching there was no Hell. They were teaching they were the true church. That you had to be baptized by one of their followers to be saved.
I will get into that more later.
Luckily I found a good Bible Believing fellowship shortly after I wrote the trainers of the World Wide Church and informed them of how unbiblical they were and that they were teaching the doctrine of demons.. More about that in another posting.
The church I found was strongly Bible Teaching and firmly Bible believing.
So I plan to take my time looking at other belief systems and trying to help you be a workman who does not need to be ashamed.
And I haven't finished with the Roman Catholic Church.