Measures of a Sound Church

Some things that are not indicators of soundness:

  • Large numbers – Matthew 7:13-14
  • A popular, well-liked preacher – John 15:18-19
  • A new, fancy building – John 4:21
  • A reputation of being a sound church – Revelation 3:1

Proper indicators of soundness:

  • Holding fast the pattern – 2 Timothy 1:13
  • Preach the gospel without additions/subtractions/changes – Galatians 1:6-9
  • Intolerance of false teachers/teaching – 2 John 9-11
  • Assemblies patterned after NT – Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 14:15; 16:1-2
  • Do the work God has given – Ephesians 4:11-16
  • Content to stay within the bounds of what has been authorized – Colossians 3:17
  • Work to grow – Ephesians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 3:6

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