The Christian life is painted upon the canvas of the local church. When the Apostles received the Great Commission from Christ (Matthew 28:18-20) they obeyed by going on to plant churches (see Acts). These local churches were the context in which disciples of Christ practiced their faith; because they were spiritually united with Christ and made a part of his body, they physically united with other believers to make this body visible. God wills to execute the Great Commission and display his glory through local churches (Ephesians 3:10).
Being a member of a healthy church is paramount, so here are three organizations who have church directories that identify gospel-centered, Christ-exalting churches across the United States, the world, and possibly your home town.
The Gospel Coalition
The Gospel Coalition’s mission is to “help lead the next generation of believers, pastors, and church leaders in shaping life and ministry around the gospel.”
9Marks is an organization that seeks to “help pastors, future pastors, and church members see what a biblical church looks like, and to take practical steps for becoming one.”
Founders Ministries seeks to help recover biblical reformation in churches. Specifically, the Founders ministry adheres to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and so will the majority of the churches that are in their directory.
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