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I know that every church has its faults, but what would you say a perfect church would look like? I moved to a new city recently, and I'd like to find a church that is as close to the ideal as possible.


No, no church is perfect because every church on earth is made up of imperfect, sinful people. Someone has said that if you ever found a church that was perfect, it would stop being perfect the minute you joined!

Instead of searching for the “perfect” or “nearly perfect” church, let me suggest instead that you make it your goal to find the “right” church—that is, the one that’s right for you. This is why the first thing you should do is make this a matter of prayer, asking God to guide you to the church He has for you. God knows your needs, and He is more concerned than you are about this decision. Let your prayer be that of the psalmist: “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths” (Psalm 25:4).

What should you look for in a church? First, seek out one where you can grow spiritually—where the Word of God is preached and taught, and you can learn from your fellowship with others who love God. The Bible says, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

Then seek a church where you can serve—where you can reach out to others in the Name of Christ. In other words, don’t be content just to sit in the pew week after week, but look for opportunities to serve Christ through your church. It may be in the choir; it may be in a homeless shelter or food pantry. Don’t join a church only for what you can get but for what you can give.

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  1. Stephen Mwangi says:

    I would love to know more about Jesus. Am saved and live in Kenya. We have many denominations but am a Presbyterian. We don’t have deliverance services in our church. So help me understand, should a church preach without delivering its congregation from satanic forces?

  2. Darrell Perkins says:

    Thank you for this advice

  3. Mary Kubow says:

    Some churches are certainly more perfect (that is, like Christ) than others.

  4. Dennis says:

    We are the church, church isn’t a building but the body of Christ. We are not perfect but God ascribes the perfect righteousness of Christ to our account so that we become perfect in His sight. Just look for a church that teaches truth and practices church discipline in love.

  5. Gary says:

    If you settle for imperfection, you will accept imperfection and that’s exactly what the devil wants.

    1. Grimur says:

      When they continued to question Him, He straightened up and said to them, “Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her.”