How can I meet with people who know God (Church)?
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior and King, as the God of your life, you belong to God’s family. If Jesus is your Savior and King, then the Holy Spirit lives inside you and you are then born from heaven, born from above (John 3:3-6): you are God’s son or daughter (John 1:12,13). If Christ is your King, you have literally millions of brothers and sisters. This family is scattered all over the world! God’s Book says that He will have children in every language and ethnic group at the end of history (Revelation 5:9; 7:9). Because you have an eternal family you need to learn how to have good relationships with your fellow family members. We live in a world filled with sin, suffering and sickness. But we wait for a better country, the heavenly one God promised to those who believe (Hebrews 11). In this tough world we need support and prayer from our Christian brothers and sisters. This is why God commanded us not to make close friends with unbelievers (those who don’t belong to God). People that don’t belong to Christ shouldn’t be your best friends.
Psalm 1:1-3 in God’s Book says: “Blessed are those who walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, who stand not in the way of sinners and who sit not in the seat of the mockers, but his/her delight is in the word of God.” The Bible warns us in James 4:4 not to be friends with the world, because he/she who is a friend of the world is an enemy of God. God’s Book also says in Hebrew 10:25 that “we should not forsake the gathering of believers.” It is good to make friends with Christians with whom you can pray when you have any problem. Scripture says in Galatians 6:2, “we must bear each other’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Jesus Christ.” The art of Christian living is to be in this world, but not of it. If we make a fire in a fireplace and remove one log, that log will not continue to burn. So, we need to stay in fellowship with other believers otherwise we will cease to burn for God’s glory and not fulfill our function in the world, which is to build his kingdom.
But meeting with Christians can be difficult in the country where you live or because of certain circumstances like a global pandemic. There may be people who will hate you and even want to kill you if you belong to Christ. You may have to meet secretly with friends and other believers in Jesus. You may face suffering and rejection because you belong to God. For these very reasons we need to pray with each other and encourage each other. God’s Book says in Romans 12:15: “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” When Jesus was enthroned in heaven about 2000 years ago the first disciples cared for one another and lived in community with one another (Acts 2:42-47). God wants us to care for one another and to be at peace with one another. Remember to be vigilant and watchful, because some people in the church (gathering of Christians) might be there not because they belong to God but because they have evil intentions. In any case we should love them too because godly love is the main characteristic of any believer in Jesus.
Pray to God that he may show you which church He wants you to attend. There are many different churches in the world and they don’t all understand the Bible in the same way. But all true believers in Christ love one another, work for unity in God and hold on to the truth of God. The church you go to does not need to be a big church. It can be a small one, or a house church, but two requirements are necessary. They need to believe in Jesus Christ as the only Savior and King of the world, and they have to believe that the Bible is the reliable and true words of God. That is the 66 books of the New and Old Testament. May God help you.
1 Timothy 3:15
The house of God, which is the church of the living God, is the pillar and ground of the truth.