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Attending Different Churches

Attending Different Churches

Question: “What does the Bible say about church-hopping?”

Answer: Technically, the Bible does not address the issue of church-hopping. The early church consisted of small groups of Christians meeting in homes or in public places. There is no indication in Scripture that towns or cities had more than one group of believers meeting there. So church-hopping is relatively new. However, the author of Hebrews does address the issue of church attendance. In Hebrews 10:25 we read, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Sometimes people church-hop to avoid getting too deeply involved with any one congregation, but that defeats the purpose of the body of Christ which is, as Hebrews notes, to “encourage one another.” We can’t encourage those we don’t spend time getting to know, nor can we be encouraged by other Christians if they are essentially strangers to us.

In addition, the church is where the members of the body of Christ exercise their spiritual gifts (Romans 12:6-81 Corinthians 12:4-111 Peter 4:10-11), given by the Spirit “for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). When Christians spend only minimal time with other Christians, as is the inevitable result of church-hopping, there is little or no opportunity to exercise their gifts. As the writer to the Hebrews notes, meeting together provides the opportunity for us to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24), a practice that is nearly impossible for the church-hopper. Conversely, attending a different church each week limits our accountability to the leadership of any one church and our ability to confess our sins to one another and seek prayer for our spiritual edification (James 5:16). Sadly, this is the very reason many people do church-hop—to avoid being held accountable for their lifestyle.

There is no doubt that it is wise to be selective in which church body we choose to attend. This may require attending different churches for a while so that we can best decide which church home God may be calling us to. The goal is to find a church that teaches that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and affirms all of theessentials of the Christian faith. This may take some time and might technically be called church-hopping. However, after having found a solid church, we must commit to remaining there.

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Acts 1:8

The Bible:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Acts 1:8The Word
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Gen 1:26

The begging:
Then God said, let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures.

Gen 1:26
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Anna Higgins

I have been going to this church my whole life and it is such a blessing to me! I am so blessed to be able to attend Grace and be a part of the amazing things that God is doing.

Anna HiggingsParishioner
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Isa 40:31

The word:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Isa 40:31The Bible
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James Priston

Me and my partners have found our relationship with this team to be a very satisfying and mutually beneficial experience. Thank you for your outstanding Sunday and Wednesdays services!

Mark PristonChurch Member
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Anna Black

I found this community (Potter's House Sheffield) at a time in my life when I was really hurting. I walked in the doors, and felt like I had just come home! I was welcomed with warmth, and encouragement, and friendship.

Anna BlackChurch Member

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