How to Find a Bible-believing Church

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How can you tell if the church is a Bible-believing one?  How can you tell if they are preaching from the Word of God (the Bible)?  What is a sign that a church is one that God is using?  What is a Laodicean Church like?

How Can You Tell if the Church is a Bible-believing One? 

Today there are so many different churches.  There are so many different denominations.  There are so many different doctrines taught at various churches.  So how can you know which is a Bible-believing church?

One sign to look for in a Bible-believing church is not a full parking lot. It is not one that has a long list of church activities.  It is not one that has a huge, shinny exterior that looks exquisitely beautiful.   Today you can not trust your eyes and see what the church looks like from the outside.  Truly you must hear what is taught from the pulpit and attending a mega-church is no guarantee that you will hear biblical teachings.

Charles Swindoll once said that “If there is a mist behind the pulpit, there is a fog in the pew.”  This is so true.  The teachings must be clear and concise, they must be easily understood, and they must be expository.  Expository preaching is preaching that sheds light on Scriptures and goes through Bible verses or a verse in particular.  It makes the text easily understood and does not make the text unnecessarily complex.  The gospel has been said to be so simple that a child could wade through it yet so deep that an elephant could swim in it.

A pastor will give exegesis on verses which simply means that it gives a clear meaning to the original language.  It makes clear what the author intended.  It should be more easily understood.  It may bring out the culture of the time, the background of the church, or why particular verses were written down and for what reason.

The most important part of the messages are those that come directly from the Word of God.  I once told my own congregation that “Part of my message today will be perfect…. (silence in the congregation and staring at each other), the part where I read out of the Bible.”  If you are not hearing the Word of God and if they are not reading out of the Bible, then find another church.  The Word of God is not a feel-good, live-a-better-life message.  It should do two things:  Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.  Too many churches have a health, wealth, and prosperity gospel.  This church is not for you.  The Word of God cuts sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts into the inner most parts of the human heart.  It must convict and convince…not give you advice on how to live a happier, healthier life.

How can you Tell if They are Preaching From The Word of God (the Bible)?

You can tell if they are preaching from the Word of God if they remain in the Scriptures.  You should never hear a sermon where the Bible is not opened up and the pastor says, “Turn to page…”   There should always be a chapter and verse mentioned and a book from the Old or New Testament is covered.  They should not teach that the Old Testament is not relevant.  The book of Leviticus is just as inspired as the Gospel of John.  The whole Word of God is inspired and it is all profitable to use for teaching, correction, and edification (II Tim 3:16).  If you hear a preacher say that this book or that book of the Bible is not relevant today then find another church.  God in His sovereignty has declared the whole Word of God relevant and will always be so.  There will never be a time when the Word of God is not profitable for reproof, correction or teaching.

Simply put, you can tell if a church teaches out of the Bible if they also teach from the Word of God at Sunday school, on Wednesday night Bible studies, and of course during Sunday morning during services.  There should be not time when the pastor doesn’t encourage you to turn to chapter and verse.  They should tell you to read the Word of God during the week.  They should eat, sleep, and breathe the Word of God in the church or you should find another church.

What is a Sign that a Church is one That God is Using?

One of the greatest signs in my opinion that God is using a church is if they have a clearly defined Outreach program.  Do they have visitation?  Do they go out into the community to evangelize?  I do door-to-door evangelism in our city and people there have told me that, save Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses, no one had knocked on their door and invited them to church in over 30 years!  How tragic.  The Great Commission is given to all churches and believers.  This imperative command was given by Christ 5 times and it was the very last thing He told the disciples before His ascension to heaven.  This is of the utmost importance.  The fact that you are a believer means that someone has had to tell you about Jesus Christ.  You came to the knowledge of saving faith through someone.  Even the 10-15% of believers that came to Christ with no witness did come to believe in Christ through the writings of  the Bible which means that no one comes to Christ without someone telling them first.

One clear sign that God is using a church is that they have messages that are Christ-centered.  They must be teaching about the blood of the Lamb, about Calvary and the cross.  They should be centered on the Word of God.  The Bible is clearly Christ-centered, from Genesis to Revelation; it is all about Him.

Finally, does the church have a regular Sunday school program and do they offer a Wednesday night Bible study?  No believer can survive with just a one-hour Sunday morning sermon.  We need to feed on the Word of God everyday.  A person that takes the Bread of Life for only one hour a week will spiritually starve to death.

What is the Laodicean Church Like?

There are many churches to choose from.  You can not rely on a church simply because of its denomination or its name.  Names like Southern Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, and so on are no guarantee that the church is teaching sound doctrine.  Many churches today are sadly like the church at Laodicea.  The Laodicean Church is the only church where Jesus had nothing good to say to them and there are no shortages of these types of churches.  Read the warning that Jesus Christ gives to the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:14-22:

14 To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:  These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

The literal text says “vomit” or “throw up”.   This type of lukewarmness makes Jesus sick to His stomach.  It is like cold coffee or warm pop.

17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

They believe that they are fine as they are.  They think they are spiritually rich and that they don’t need to grow.  Apparently they are not giving to the poor, even the poor in spirit (those who don’t know Christ or who come to them for help and are turned away).  They don’t have any reason to be worried but worry they should as far as Jesus is concerned.

18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

This sounds very much like “carnal Christians”.  They accept the grace and use it as liberty or a license to sin.  They don’t know that they are miserable and wretched because they feel good about themselves.  But the eye salve Jesus speaks of here is the eye salve that heals their vision so that they can see themselves as they are: Sinners!  They apparently are deceiving themselves and don’t know that they need repentance on a daily, on-going basis.  They are comfortably numb, self-contained, pew-potatoes (so to speak) and they really need to see themselves as they are (and really, we all are); sinners before a Holy God.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Here Jesus tells them that they need to be rebuked and Jesus is doing just that.  They need discipline and if they will not repent then Jesus most certainly will discipline them.  He still loves them of course because whom God loves He also disciplines (Heb 12:6).

Also, Jesus is knocking at their door which indicates that Jesus is not even in the church.  He has to knock to be let in.  There must be no door handle because Jesus has to knock to be let in but they must take the initiative to let Him in as Jesus will not come in where He is not welcomed.

Apparently they don’t hear His voice because His sheep always recognize His voice.  Perhaps the Great Shepherd’s voice is not recognized because they are not preaching His Word in their church.  The Word of God is His voice and so He is speaking to them outside of the church, at the door and He wants to come in and dine with them (a sign of fellowship). They have a relationship with Him but they are not having fellowship with Him.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Whenever Jesus says “Whoever has ears, let them hear….” means that Jesus is emphasizing something.  Of course they have ears but in the figurative sense they have turned a deaf ear to Him and His work.  Too many churches have too many activities that drown out the Shepherds voice.  They are so busy with activities that they don’t take time to sit at the Master’s feet and learn from Him (from the Word of God).  They are like Martha where they are so busy that they don’t come to Him to learn His words of life like Mary did (Luke 10:38-42).


I pray if you don’t have a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, Christ-centered church, you can find one.  He is waiting there for you.  If you are not attending church at all, then you are disobeying a direct command that God has given in Hebrews 10:25 and you are “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Of course some people live in an area where there is no church or some are missionaries and they have church where they can.  But for most of us, we can find a church home otherwise you will not grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord as you could.  That “Day” that is mentioned in Hebrews 10:25 is the Day of the Lord. It is fast approaching although no one can know when that day is for certain.  I hope you can find a good church home and one that teaches from the Word of God.  I pray this helps.


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Bill March 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Hi, just above this shows *Reality Vancouver Church*, would you say this church has what you mentioned in your article? I’m desperately looking for a church like you have mentioned where i can learn,grow, and serve.


Jack March 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Bill, please forgive me for responding so late sir. I work and pastor both so I apologize for not getting back to you sooner.

Let me ask you…do you live in Canada? I do not know much about the Reality Vancouver Church so I can not say what it is like. Sometimes advertisers change their ads so the Reality Vancouver Church ad must be gone by now. I am overjoyed that you said these two things: you want to learn and grown and to serve. I wish I had more members in our church with your attitude sir. Sometimes you can visit a church and read their mission statement or doctrinal beliefs. Sometimes you can tell that way, but the most important factor of all is whether they teach out of the Bible and that Christ is the central focus of that church and that of Calvary. If these two things are missing, you should be missing too. Some churches get too focused on activities like clubs, basketball, or spiritual gifts, etc but those churches who have an active Outreach and are evangelistic and send out people into the community to go door to door and share the gospel of Christ show me that they are seeking those who are lost.

If a church is ignoring the Great Commission, not teaching the Bible, and the centrality of Christ and Him glorified and the central portion of worship and the cross, find another church. I wish I could be of more help sir. Thank you for your question and again, I am sorry I am so late in responding.


Shauna Neece March 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

Mr Wellman, My name is Shauna Neece. Im deaf and born and raised in the state of Maine. Im trying to find which church is really ture bible beliving church that is very serious about God’s word, and for me to be close to him. I have tried to go different churches, and alot of them are not related to the word of God. I have accepted Jesus as my own Lord and Savior, and do wish to be bapzited (I did bapzited in May 6, 2007 but did not fully understand and i was on struggle with drug and fourncation with my former boyfriend.) I want to do this right with LORD right now and start spiritually growth with Jesus and be ready for his coming. I have done so horrible sin in the past and still struggle with demons in my own head. I have alway wanted to be with LORD and is really engaer for his coming soon! I do longing for Holy Sprirt to be in me also want to know that im sure be born agian Christian like Jesus said we all must be Born agian Christian before we go to Kingdom of Heaven. Do you know where any of Church out of State that is deaf bible beliving church where i can attend and be serious with LORD everyday. You can email me and thank you for reading this message, sir.

Sister in Christ,


Jack Wellman March 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Shauna, I am so sorry you are having a hard time finding a Bible-believing church in your area. You asked if there was an “any of Church out of State”. Do you mean out of the state of Maine. Wouldn’t that be too far to drive to attend another church since you live in Maine. Do you meaning the neighboring states next to Maine? I would hope that there would be some that in Maine that are Bible believing ones. I can not tell you because I do not know the area in which you live. I would pray about it and look on the internet for area churches and then read their mission statements and what they stress.

By the way, if you are not sure about your being certain about your salvation, please click on the link at the top of our websites page where it says, “Come to Jesus” and you can be certain without having any doubts. Faith in Christ is a know-so and not a hope-so. I am sorry it took me so long to reply to this very important comment. Please come back soon when you can and let us know if you did find a good church home and if you are now sure of your being born-again. God bless you Shauna.


NELLIE January 30, 2020 at 10:27 am

Val Verde Baptist Church near Beaumont, Texas where I live. We have a pastor who was raised by 2 deaf parents and uses sign language for services. He has a sign language class for others to learn and he signs while preaching. The church is in a small town 25 minutes away from Beaumont called Groves, Texas. If anything you could look up our church and read more about us. We have church services posted online. Hope this helps maybe he could tell you of churches closer in your area. God bless you.


Mr. Ma Naai Cheng April 26, 2012 at 7:51 am

I am searching for a bible believing church . Would you please come to here in Myanmar and help me establish Bible believing churches here in Myanmar.


Jack April 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Hello Mr. Ma Naai Cheng. I am a bi-vocational pastor that draws no salary at my church and I have to work to support myself as a janitor so I wish I could come to help you but have no means to do it. I can recommend the Myanmar Council of Churches which have dozens and dozens of churches listed with phone numbers, websites, and addresses that are Bible-believing at this link:

May God guide you thru the process.


Richard Zumwalt May 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I see you keep the first day of the week. I keep the seventh day of the week. Which God said to remember the Sabblath day, to keep it Holy. Everyone has forgotten. God blessed the seventh day and santified it. God never changes.


Jack May 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Thank you Mr. Zumwalt for your comment. Do you believe a person can be saved by keeping the Sabbath, according to the New Covenant? Does it help to keep the Law to be saved?

Colossians 2:16-17: Paul writes: “…do no let anyone judge you…with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ” (NIV).

Romans 14:5: Paul writes: “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.”

Jesus claimed that he was “lord even of the sabbath” (Mark 2:28). the New Testament makes it clear that the observance of a particular day was not imposed as a binding obligation. Romans 14:5-6 makes it clear that there was some freedom in the matter of special days. Colossians 2:16-17 commanded the church not to allow anyone to act as their judge in regard to sabbath days. And Galatians 4:9-10 warns against going back under the Law by insisting on the legal requirement of special days.

The records that remain in the New Testament show that the first day of the week soon became a day of worship. When Paul wanted to collect an offering from the church at Corinth, he asked them to gather the money on the “first day of the week” (1 Cor. 16:2). And when he wanted to meet with the believers at Troas, the gathering took place “on the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread” (Acts 20:7).

If you drive to church on the sabbath over a mile you are breaking the old Sabbath law and are supposed to be stoned to death. An instance of this is afforded by the case of the man who gathered sticks on the Sabbath and was condemned to die by lapidation (Num. 32-36). Work is prohibited, even during harvest-time (Ex. 21, and is declared to be a profanation of the holy Sabbath; and the kindling of fire in the habitations is especially interdicted. How far do you want to go in keeping the Law?


Richard Zumwalt June 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

We are saved by faith only. The 10 Commandments shows us what sin is.


Jack Wellman June 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Amen Mr. Zumwalt. I second that my friend. Thank you sir.


Venus Hunter June 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Blessed day Brother Wellman. I thank God for you and your website. You definitely are a true man of God. You are here to serve not to be served. You bring the truth of God’s Word to the forefront. I have been a “Born again Christian” since 1981, but there was something missing. I recited the “sinners prayer”, but it was not until 2005 that I really grasp the depth, the width, the length of the love of our Heavenly Father. He showed me that He was always right there with me, but I was not always there with Him. I believe that we sometimes miss the greatest attribute of God, which is His Holiness. I pray to be more like Him. I try to eat the Word daily. The days that I don’t, well let’s just say I am left bare. This article has quickened and awakened the core of my soul. In 2005 I prayed for a loving church family, which I was so longing for. Through intercessory prayer God delivered the message that I would not have to go looking for a church, but He would bring the church to me. Me being a babe didn’t quite understand. In 2005 I was living in Virginia. God being true and faithful brought the church to me in 2009 here in Charleston, South Carolina. All that you mentioned in this article is what is happening at the church. Please pray for me to start attending again. I was hurt by some things that now I see should not of mattered. Again I thank God for you and your ministry. I have been rebuked and I pray for strength to be obedient. Love you Brother Wellman.
Love, joy and peace
Sister Hunter


Jack Wellman June 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Hello Venus. What a precious post this was by you. I thank God that there are women of faith out there like you. Oh that I had such a good and godly woman of faith in the church that I am pastoring at. Wow. I am so glad that you desire to be with the Body of Christ again and to realize that no church is perfect but perfectly forgiven. Truly, if there were a perfect church out there, I certainly couldn’t attend because I’d ruin it. Please keep us updated for your search for a good church home. I will pray that God will lead you to such a one. Thank you for such wonderful words of grace reflecting the love of Christ in you.


Mr. Ma Naai Cheng June 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I am really interested to partner with you all. I am from Myanmar. My name is Mr. Ma Naai Cheng. I am a Bible College lecturer. I feel that the Lord calls me to take care of orphans. I once was an orphan. Would you please pray for me and help me to start to start orphanage ministry.


Jack Wellman June 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Thank you Mr. Ma Naai Cheng for your comment and for visiting us sir. I am glad you are doing what the Bible calls “pure religion” mentioned in the Book of James, that is visiting the widows and orphans in their affliction. Praise God for you and your love for Jesus. We would be glad to pray for you sir and your ministry in this very important calling.


Mr A Cotton October 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I wrote to you Jack quite a while ago,and it was about church attendance,and i said i did not attend a church due to being housebound which you did not know about. What do you think of this idea. I am going to make enquiries about somebody that can come to my house,and to tell me how you interpret the bible or if they are a layman they can point me in the right direction. Since i stumbled on this site i have learnt quite a lot,and you have opened my eyes to numerous of facts. What do you think Jack.


Jack Wellman October 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Wonderful idea my friend. For those who can not attend or are unable for whatever reason, the home or house church is an excellent alternative. Your idea of having a layman come to your house is superb. You know, you are always hungering for the Word of God to learn more and that is a certain sign of the Holy Spirit in you. I think you have a terrific idea my friend.


Mr A Cotton October 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I am very glad you agree with this idea,because its been troubling me for some time,and again you have hit the nail on the head. Yes i am hungering for the word of God, and i want more,because it makes me truly happy has i found out last night. I was happy, calm,and relaxed,and nothing was troubling me at all. I am not used to this feeling,and i cried with joy. I new this was the Holy Spirit,and you have just confirmed it Jack. It is a mystery how The Holy Spirit works. Now back down to Earth. I know this is the wrong section for this question. What is meant by the words Accept freely Christ`s Payment for my sins,required of the Father


Jack Wellman October 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Where did you find these words at? Anyway, the words mean that we should accept, free from our own effort or works, Christ’s payment on the cross of His own life that satisfied God the Father to atone for our sins. Since God is holy, He can not allow anyone with sin to enter the Kingdom and so Christ became sin for us, He who knew no sin, and so Jesus paid it all and we must accept that He paid it all for our works are filthy rags and we can do nothing of ourselves to pay for our own sins. Make sense?

Now about the other thing…the Holy Spirit is indeed, so mysterious in the way that He works, behind human eyes, out of human sight and reason, to glorify God. I am glad you have some much deserved and much needed peace.


Mr A Cotton October 31, 2012 at 9:16 am

It`s under a main title what Christians must believe on this site. Then underneath there are main subtitles it is one of these titles. I have been looking all over the site for the main heading. One of the main headings is about St Paul`s biography.Another title is What is the unforgivable sin. I am not stopping till i find it.

Jack Wellman October 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm
Mr A Cotton November 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

Yes Jack that`s what i was looking for. Thanks very much. In simple terms can you tell me what this means and what do you if anything. I have accepted this and all the others to be a Christian. Just to let you know Jack i have went a 11days without committing the sin that i have a problem with(masturbation) Again this happened yesterday i was very calm,relaxed,and not worried about anything. I broke down with joy,and i realised i was Happy. I am not used to this feeling,but i new it was the Holy Spirit. I stressed to the Holy Spirit to keep me busy,and make me do things. I do not what to make of this thing that happened last night. The Holy Spirit seemed to be quite close to me,and i could feel an evil presence coming and going. The Holy Spirit and me(mainly me) said is that your best shot you have got. Then this feeling left,and i went to bed thanking the holy Spirit,and i could not get to sleep,because i was on a high through this happening. Today i have felt this bad presence twice,so i assume he is going to do his best till i fall again,and gloat over it. I just have to get through the night.

Kelly December 16, 2012 at 11:18 am

Great article and very true!! Thank you for this.


david March 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I live in logan chicago please help me find a bible teaching church and thank you and god bless.
My number is 773-301-0339


Jack Wellman March 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Hello David. Thank you sir for your wanting to find a Bible believing church. This is one of the best there are in Chicago. It is the Moody Church and is about the soundest church there is. The pastor is awesome, Irwin Lutzer and the church is at 1635 N La Salle Dr Chicago, IL 60614Lincoln Park or you can call (312) 327-8600.

Another is Harvest Bible Chapel with pastor James McDonald…another sterling church that is 100% Bible believing and teaching at 800 Rohlwing Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. Call 847-398-7005 or email at: [email protected]

Of the same church (Harvest) is the ELGIN CAMPUS
1000 N. Randall Road, Elgin, IL 60123 call 847-398-7005 [email protected]

And NILES CAMPUS 7333 North Caldwell Avenue, Niles, IL 60714 call 847-398-7005 [email protected]

Worship Services: Sunday 9:00 and 11:15 A.M. 580 Tracy Trail, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 847-398-7005 or contact by email at: [email protected]

Worship Service: Sunday 10:00 A.M.
935 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago, IL 60610
847-398-7005 [email protected]

Worship Services: Saturday 5:00 P.M. | Sunday 9:00 and 11:15 A.M. 847-398-7005 [email protected]
2880 Vision Court, Aurora, IL 60506

And finally,

Worship Services: Sunday 10:00 A.M.
620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL 60093
847-398-7005 [email protected]


cheesphht April 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Someone else told me the first thing that will tell you if you’re dealing with a Bible Believing Church is that they will have a Bible that they can hold in their hand and say that this is the Bible.
Can you do that?


Jack Wellman April 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Thank you for your comment. At the church I pastor at, my sermon notes are my Bible. I may have some notes in my margins that I wrote down but every Bible-believing church teaches and preaches right out of the Bible and there are no man-centered messages. It that what you are asking by writing “Can you do that?”


Angel April 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Hi, pastor thank you for your article. I wish you were here so I can come visit your church. I left my church because of its teaching. I’m hungry for the word of God and want to grow spiritually but cant find a church that is focus on Jesus and the bible. Do you know any church here in South Bay area Hawthorne Los Angeles that teaches the bible. Please let me know. I want to take my family to church and baptize through the Holy Spirit. I’m hungry for the word and wants to save my family. May God bless you abundantly and please pray for me and my family.


Jack Wellman April 24, 2013 at 11:49 am

Wow Angel. I so wish you were near us so that we could have a believe that is truly hungering and thirsting to know more of God and growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. I am not sure where South Bay is but how far are you from Sun Valley? One to the most bibilically sound churches is the Grace Community Church in Sun Valley.

13248 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley, CA, 91352
(818) 909-5500

Another is the one pastored by Chip Ingram at 16845 Hicks Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032, (408) 997-4600 the Venture Christian Church. This church is excellent too my friend. Are either of these close to you? I hope this helps.


Angel May 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Thank you so much Pastor for taking your time to help me. I really appreciate it. Sun Valley is 45 minutes away and Venture Church is 5 hrs drive. I will check out Sun Valley Church. Thank you so much Pastor Wellman. Have a blessed day and God bless you and your ministry abundantly. Thank you again.


Jack Wellman May 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I am so glad I could help you Angel. Is this Grace Community Church you mean by “Sun Valley?”

This one is at:

13248 Roscoe Blvd
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Neighborhood: North Hollywood

(818) 909-5500


Angel May 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Yes Pastor the same the one you gave me thanks.
13248 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley, CA, 91352
(818) 909-5500
I’m still looking for a good church closer to us but I would still like to visit Sun Valley it takes 45 minutes to drive there. Please Pastor pray for the salvation of my children, I have 5 kids ages 7 to 25, and there is nothing I want them to become in this world than to see them give their hearts to Jesus and make Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. In your prayers please remember us. Thank you and God bless!


Jack Wellman May 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I will be glad to pray for your children. Blessed are the children of a praying sainted mother. As long as the church is a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, Christ-centered church, you will find the right one. Jesus is waiting there for you to worship Him for He is surely worthy.


val June 3, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I need to find a church ha teaches chapter by chapter verse by verse who teach who the kenites are and what really happened in the garden of eden also does NOT teach the rapture doctrine, I live in upstate ny. Syracuse area.

thank you a God bless


Jack Wellman June 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Thanks Val. I myself do not teach the Rapture but focus on Bible-centered messages like repentance, sin, confession, Calvary, witnessing to the lost, renewing the mind, and so on. I wish I could help you. You probably will have a hard time finding a church that doesn’t believe in it but if they teach the basic principles I mentioned, you still should get well fed my friend. I believe we waste much time on the Rapture but should instead focus on what the Bible says in say, Romans 12, 1 Cor 13, and 1 John chapter 3. I am sorry I couldn’t be of help to you sir. I don’t teach the rapture myself.


Mr Anthony Cotton June 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I keep meaning to ask you Jack about this issue.
Taken the bread and wine. When I was a catholic I had no problem.
How would I go about doing this if I can,because only a priest could give Holy Communion.
Something is telling me (Jesus)to remind me what Jesus really did for us. It`s been on my mind for quite a while now.


Jack Wellman June 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Hello Anthony my friend. I believe that there is nothing wrong with asking a priest to come and give you communion. I know when I miss communion for too long that I get a sense that something is missing and yes, it makes me remember just how much Jesus gave. Good point my friend. I would listen to that voice for it might be the voice of the Holy Spirit.


Marcus July 7, 2019 at 12:43 am

Hey Jack,

I’ve been a believer since I was 18 and my struggles w mental disorders had kept me from going to church because of how bad they got. God’s grace and transformed me to now feel comfortable and find a church. I’m from Indianapolis and I’d really like your help about what kind of churches you think are good solid bible believing churches?


Bright Asemda July 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Hi pastor
I thank God for the wisdom He has giving you to explain the Bible to us. I also thank you for using your time to give us detail explanation of the Bible.
May God bless you.


Jack Wellman July 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

You are so welcome Bright. Your words are encouraging to me and I pray that this helps some find their way out of the darkness to the Light of the World (John 1).


Nora Gamez February 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Hi Pastor:
I live in Duarte, California near the Pasadena, Los Angeles area and I am looking for a good bible teaching, bible believing church in my area. I am hungry for the word of God and sound teaching, I would like to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and pray in tongues. I come from a Catholic background and I really have a hard time with it because my husband wants to continue to fellowship in this church. The more I read the word the more I realize that some of the teachings don’t line up with the word of god and they are teachings of man. I understand that as a wife I have to submit myself to my husband and that’s where I struggle because I have a hunger for truth but my husband doesn’t, he thinks he already knows god and is content to be where he is at spiritually. What do I do? My husband doesn’t stop me from fellowshipping with other churches and this is why I am looking somewhere else. He doesn’t believe in the gift of tongues and all the gifts that Paul mentions in Corinthians, he said that if I wanted this he wouldn’t stop me. I go to Catholic church on sundays with him just to be obedient to Hebrews 10:25, but I just don’t have peace about it, I need more than this for fellowship. Please pray for me to be obedient to my calling and to honor my husband, but to obey God first and foremost and pray that he would be awakened by the Holy Spirit.


Jack Wellman February 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Hello Mrs. Gamez, and thank you for your comment and question. I would say that the answer to how to find it can be found in this article. You can do nothing but love your husband and give him what he doesn’t deserve, just as we received God’s grace, which was undeserved and unmerited…and pray for him, love him unconditionally, as Christ loves us unconditionally, and pray that your husband repents and confesses his need for the Savior and then puts his trust in Him. If you don’t have peace about going to church where you are now going, I strongly suggest you find a Bible-believing church, one that elevates Christ in service and not tongues or gifts but worship and glorify the Giftgiver. Don’t make it a divisive issue over tongues because this is the last gift mentioned and we need to stress more on the fruits of the spirit for Jesus said you will know them by their fruits and not by their gifts.


Nora Gamez February 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Thank you Pastor:
I appreciate you emphasizing on the need to love my husband unconditionally and the Holy Spirit has been speaking loudly to me in 1 Peter 3:5 where he is saying that these type of husbands will be won over without a word. I guess there is nothing more to doubt but to obey the Lord and love him with a quiet & gentle spirit, the rest will come as a result of my obedience.


Jack Wellman February 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Amen…unconditional love and prayers have perhaps brought more people to faith thru the Holy Spirit than any other, single way. I will pray too my sister in Christ.


clint July 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Is any grace bible church in Honolulu,Hawaii or foursquare church a good bible believing church.


Jack Wellman July 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Thank you Clint for your question. Sir, I don’t know enough about these churches but I would recommend printing this article out, sticking it in your Bible, and attend and see if they elevate the glory of God, center of Jesus, focus on repentance, confession, and trust in the Savior and make the Bible the main teaching. I hope this helps sir.


Celia October 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Pastor Wellman,
I’m in search of a bible believing and teaching church ever I can spiritually grow as a true follower of Christ Jesus. I live between downtown L.A. and Alhambra my zip code is 90032. I’m hoping you can recommend a church. Thank you in advance.
Good bless you


Jack Wellman October 16, 2014 at 9:01 am

Thank you Celia…I do not have a list of churches around the nation. All I can tell you is to find a church and see it if preaches about repentance, the cross, sin, and their messages are from the Bible. I wish I could help you but I am not familiar with the L.A. area my friend. I do know that John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church has many churches in the L.A. area that are rock solid and here is a link for them at: May God direct your steps to a biblically solid church.


JT October 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Wonderful article. I have been a Christian for sometime and served in Africa missions for several years back in the 1980s. I have been attending a small church for about a year that has solid preaching. The relatively new young pastor and family came after the church experienced a grievous split, literally dividing it. It was very sad. I had friends on both sides and have remained friends with them despite the split. After I began attending I expressed an enthusiasm and desire to be involved but nothing has ever opened up except to be a greeter. There are virtually very few opportunities because of the few ministries that are going on since the church lost so many people with approx 75 people remaining). I proposed an idea for a ministry hoping to begin an encouragement ministry sending notes to congregants letting them know that they are thought of and prayed for when appropriate but the leadership declined that idea even though I offered to do it myself. The only opportunities for involvement are attending church, Sunday Bible school, and the Wed eve all church Bible study. As I see it, that isn’t ‘ministering’, it seems more like receiving. I have asked and expressed my desire to the leaders to write a weekly devotional piece for a newsletter or something for the bulletin but nothing developed. I love writing devotionals and encouraging people in their walk with God. I know finances are a concern but I’m not asking to be paid. I am on SSDI and have health problems that interfere with church functions at times so to be able to write or do art or the like would allow me to pour my heart and soul into such a ministry. I don’t want my health to interfere with my involvement. As a result, this has left me deeply sad and grieved. Often, I have prayed in tears asking the Lord for a ministry but nothing has arisen. I feel useless. As much as I hate to even admit or even think about it, I recently started to look around at other churches but feel like a traitor. I don’t understand it. I have been struggling with grief and confusion over whether this is the right church for me which seemed to be when I first began attending but now I wonder. I feel stagnant ad am questioning it. Am not sure if that is of the enemy or not. 🙁 I just long to be used by God. Well, thank you for listening. May God richly bless you.


Jack Wellman October 16, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Thank you JT for your willingness to serve. I guess you have already spoken with the pastor so here is an idea. Start your own! Check this out. I started a nursing home ministry from scratch. These folks are so very, very lonely and you can witness or share the gospel with the residents, their family, and the staff. Yes, the Enemy wants you do give up but don’t listen to him. Here’s more on this:


jj March 17, 2015 at 4:59 pm

the issue is…whether the church REALLY believes that the bible is true, from Genesis to Revelation. Or do they parse out the bits that are inconvenient in order to be relevant in these times. Question the church leadership, pin them down on specific issues. Make sure they haven’t reduced the parts of the bible they will stand by so as not to offend folks. otherwise…find another church..(not an easy thing… 🙁 )


Jack Wellman March 17, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Very good bottom line JJ. Thank you.


Erwin April 8, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Thank you for this article you wrote pastor.
I have 2 questions. My church, as long as I can remember has been teaching through the bible and has been sound. My pastor is great in theology as well BUT our church is not active at all… we dont do things with the community, we never go out to talk to the people in the neighborhood or invite them, or have events for outreach. We cant work with the youth much in our church since he doesnt believe in “fund raising” and we basically just go to church and go home. We’ve had about 40-50 members as long as I can remember (been part of the church for about 8 years) and I’ve mentioned how this bothers me but nothing changes… I’ve offered my help to plan things but our pastor has not given much attention to the ideas for outreach…basically I have no support… Could this be a sign that it’s time to leave?

2nd question. Do you know of any good resources for young adult/ youth lessons?

Thank you!
~In His Joy


Jack Wellman April 8, 2015 at 8:38 pm

Thank you Erwin. I am so glad that you see the need for Outreach and wish we had more young people in our church like you! I thank God for young men like you who know we should go to grow. You know, the church that I pastor at had the same tendencies so I just went and started my own nursing home ministry by myself. This involved just going to visit the residents there. Do you have at least one other young adult that would be willing to go with you? Here is some guidance on how to start your own! If no one will go, then you go! You be the Jeremiah in your church. Read this: and again, I thank God that you have a desire to reach the lost. The Great Commission is an imperative command from Jesus Himself and is a direct order, not a suggestion given in Matthew 28:19-20 & Acts 1:8. I do have Bible study lessons for all ages….Are you wanting to start a youth ministry/Bible study? If so, let me know. Here’s why residents in a nursing home are very, very precious to God. Read this at: and may God richly bless you Erwin. You give me hope. If nothing else changes, it might be time to find a new church. I wish you were in mine!


Erwin April 23, 2015 at 6:37 am

Thank you pastor! Sorry I got back to the message so late. I currently got switched over to the “grave yard shift” at work so I’ve been struggling with adapting to that.

I think maybe 1 or 2 of the youth will be able to go with me and Yes I will go alone if no one else will go. I will check out the nursing home post as well, that sounds like a wonderful idea!!
Yes I actually have been given the chance to lead the youth at my church. I would love some resources/websites/ notes on age groups 13-28 years old. Thank you once again for your help!
I really pray that we start to change and motivate the church, work with the community, I would be sad to leave to but I also seek to grow more and be active. Keep my in prayer brother! I will keep you in prayer also 🙂


Jack Wellman April 23, 2015 at 7:59 am

Thank you Erwin. So good to hear from you again my friend. I love that you are such a tender hearted person that cares enough about these young people and will pray for this my friend. Your hunger to serve the Lord shows me that you want to glorify Him and I know that must please God for sure and thanks for your prayers my friend. Keep in touch and let me know how it is going Erwin and until them, may God richly bless you.


Jack Wellman April 8, 2015 at 9:32 pm

Here you go Erwin: I just finished this for another website but maybe you can use it:

Nursing Home Ministry: How To Get Started

How can you start a nursing home ministry from scratch? Do you already have one? If not, here’s how to get started.

Pure Religion

James 1:27 says that “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” The first part of this seems problematic doesn’t it, since none of us are good and none of us seek after God (Rom 3:10-12) and we all of fall far short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23). The only thing we earn from our life of sin is death (Rom 6:23a) but God in His rich mercy grants us eternal life if we believe in Christ (Rom 6:23b). So the first question is, how do we keep ourselves unstained or undefiled from the world? This is only possible because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21) so it is possible, thanks be to God.

Widows and Orphans

Next, what about the “pure religion” part? How many in a nursing home are orphans and widows? Could God have meant we are to practice this pure religion in a nursing home? I see nothing that would prohibit it. At one Bible study I asked the residents, “How many you are today orphans and widows?” Every single one of the hands went up. Every one of them had lost their parents long ago and at the Bible study all but one man was a widower. If we could ask James, I believe he might agree that pure religion is visiting the orphans, widows, and widowers in nursing homes, those in the hospitals and those who are shut ins and certainly those who are still in attendance at church but live alone or their children or spouse are either gone or not living.

The Forgotten Ones

Sadly, society thinks of these precious people as castoffs or as having no more use in society but that could not be further from the truth. In most cases, they are “shipped off” to homes and then forgotten about but God never has. These men and women are so lonely and are seeking meaningful conversations. Some are not that old as a few are simply disabled but they are usually lonely too and often forgotten. What a tragic loss. They still have so much to share and so much wisdom to offer but no one to share it with. It seems such a waste. So many of these men and women are lonely and cry easily which reminds me of what Paul wrote that we should “weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15). I believe this one of the ways that we “contribute to the needs of the saints” (Rom 12:13) and be “the one who does acts of mercy” (Rom 12:8). We can be a living sacrifice for these precious saints (Rom 12:1). If we say we have love for the brothers and sisters but never visit those who can’t come to church anymore, then the Apostle John rebukes us by writing, do “not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

Starting a Nursing Home Ministry

Step One

I started one by myself years ago and I had absolutely no experience, no training, and no idea what I was doing. The first time I walked into the local nursing home, I thought, “I don’t know a soul” and they probably thought “Who in the world is that?” The first step is to just go into your local nursing home. Just walk right in.

Step Two

The next thing I did was make an appointment with the nursing home administrator. We can’t assume that they’ll have time for you on your very first visit. It might be best if you even call ahead and see if you can schedule an appointment. Tell them who you are and why you’re there. You may need to fill out a volunteer application like I did but please, make sure you count the cost. No one takes their hand off of the plow once they put their hand to it (Luke 9:62).

Step Three

Your next step will likely be to talk to the Activity Director and see what he or she thinks. You will likely have to make an appointment with them too. You cannot typically just walk right in and knock on their door. They are often very busy and swamped by the demands of their job but you can be of help to them, so tell that. Maybe you can host a bingo party or watch a movie with them at movie time. You should know that by law, you’re not allowed to push anyone around in a wheel chair or lift someone out of their wheelchair, chair or bed. You must be licensed unless the home gives you special permission. Don’t grow discouraged just because you don’t know anyone. As I said, I just dove into it with no experience, but today I come early before our regular Wednesday night Bible study and look for new residents and new staff. We also offer a Sunday church service at regular intervals on at 2 PM.

Step Four

You don’t have to offer a Bible study…just sit and visit with them. Most homes offer dinner for non-residents but of course you have to pay for it. Get a meal, find a table, and just sit right down with someone and introduce yourself. Remember to speak loudly, plainly, and look them in the eye because they might be hard of hearing. I am and I’m only just a bit over 60. I love it when I can walk in and hear “Hello young man.” It’s all relative!

Offer to Pray for Them

Most of the residents love to take prayer requests. Some just love to have the Bible read to them but I never force it on anyone. Play it by ear at first. Get a feel for the residents. Thank the staff often because they have a hard and demanding job taking care of these precious men and women. I search for and seek out those who are frequently sitting alone. Today, I love the look of their faces when I come into the facility. Their faces just seem to light up when they see me come in but mine does too. They adore having someone who cares for them, who talks with them, who listens to them, and prays for them. I’ve been unofficially adopted by a few


For those who can no longer go to church, I bring the church to them and so can you. Make sure you genuinely care for them and talk to them, listen to them, look them in the eye, and you will begin to love them. No one likes being patronized or being treated with insincerity. I actually believe I get more out of my visits than they do. Imagine that. So ready, set, and go right into a nursing home ministry. You can’t learn to swim by just sticking your toe in the water…you have to jump in. I can promise you that you will get a lot of enjoyment out of this. Certainly many residents will also enjoy it too but don’t expect everyone to just warm up to you immediately. Don’t force yourself on anyone. Read their body and face language. Respect their privacy. Always knock before entering their room. That is there home so treat it like one. Practicing pure religion truly must please God but I know it pleases the residents and even pleases me. Why not start one?


Erwin April 23, 2015 at 6:39 am

Awesome this was very interesting and motivational. I will look more into this and see where God wants us! Id love to see our church do something like this! Thanks again!
God bless you!!


juan July 9, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Hi I live in dover nj and I want to know if you know of a church near me where they really preach the word of God? Everywhere that I have gone do not.thank you


Jack Wellman July 9, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Thank you sir for your question. I do wish I could help you but I live all the way in Kansas. Just keep trying. I know they’re out there, although they’re getting harder to find. I respect your desire to be within the Body of Christ, under the Head of the Church, the Great Shepherd.


Joy October 3, 2015 at 8:41 am

So thankful for your article…..I posted it on my website.


Joy October 3, 2015 at 8:43 am

Thankful for your article…..


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Mrs.Clyburn June 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

Hello Jack…First i would like to state that you write good articles. Im always pleased to read something you wrote but sometimes you tend to express your own opinion rather than the true word of God…Iam new to the faith and still learning everyday…studying to find myself approved…I do not have a church that i attend and i know God has taught me so much.John 6:45 “It is written in the prophets: ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from Him comes to Me” …1 John 2:27 “And as for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But just as His true and genuine anointing teaches you about all things, so remain in Him as you have been taught.” Please dont impose your beliefs on people by giving them a false since of security and say they are disobeying God by not going to church. The greek word for church commonly used in the Bible is “ekklesia” which means assembly or called- out ones. Your teachings should be aligned with scriputure and scripture states that an assembly is a gathering of two or more peolpe Matt 18:19-20 “Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.” That is not to say that going to church doesnt help build faith because it can among many other things…finding a church home is a beautiful thing. But nothing in the Bible states you have to go to chruch because we are the church…the body of Christ…Romans. 16:5 “Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert[a] in Asia for Christ.” Ephesians 1:22-23 “And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all”…Ephesians 2:14-22 “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” When we spread the good news we have to aligin it with scripture not our own preconceived interpretation of it. I enjoyed the article but had to reach out to the church regarding that small issue…Anything i need to know will be revealed to me by God not man..he might send his message through man but all the glory is given to Him. I have grown so much and i owe it to one being and that is God…not a church (physical place) or man…he has sent his message through man for me to receive on nemours occasions but glory be to the Father beacuse he writes his laws on my heart. Peace and Blessings from the church.


Mrs.Clyburn June 18, 2016 at 10:01 am

“But for most of us, we can find a church home otherwise you will not grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord as you could”. PLEASE DON’T say things like this to the church…Its better to say something along the lines of “Even though church is not mandatory, I encourage the church to attend a God centered church because it can help in your growth with the Lord but the ultimate teacher is God”. This is an example why man will no longer teach man because sometimes we misinterpret scripture. Its a common mistake and we have to be very careful and sensitive with the word of God. Allow his words to be his words not our own. If you cant prove it with scripture than its false. Thats why when we study we go line by line precept by precept…Isaiah 28:10 “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” Cross references come in handy when we study…its very imperative that we becarful of the meesages we delive so that others wont be led astray. 2 Corinthians 6:3″We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no one can discredit our ministry.”


sully June 28, 2016 at 8:42 am

And the sign said, “Everybody welcome, come in, kneel down and pray”
But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all
I didn’t have a penny to pay
So, I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign
I said, “Thank you, Lord, for thinkin’ ’bout me, I’m alive and doin’ fine, woo!!! Amen?


Marilou December 30, 2016 at 11:10 am

This is a reply for Shana Neece, who is Deaf 🙂 (yay!) and left a comment in 2012.

Hopefully you have found a local church, Lord willing. 🙂 If not, you can watch a live interpreter on Sundays on Facebook. Look for this page: rock church: deaf ministry . They use Facebook Live to broadcast an interpreter doing the worship and preaching on Sundays at 10am PST, 1pm your time. 🙂 If you prefer captions in English, they provide real time captioning at the same time- 10 am PST/1pm EST at

Their Deaf ministry is led by mostly Deaf (a couple of hearies for interpreting, etc…). They love Jesus and helping Deaf people know Him more! They also have worship videos on YouTube so you can worship Him whereever you are, and whenever you want- ConnectRockDeaf.

If you are ever in San Diego, CA, come visit their services or bible study (taught by a Deaf teacher or Deaf pastor)! All in ASL!

You can learn more about them at
God bless you. I am praying for you!

Psalm 90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!


SueRR May 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Hello! Thank you for this article! We are praying for a church that speaks Biblical Truth. Do you happen to know any around the Clinton/Davenport/Bettendorf, Iowa area (or surrounding area)? Thank you!


Jack Wellman May 31, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Hello Sue. I do not know any in your area so I am sorry for that, but I trust God will lead you to the right church and I believe you’ll know in your heart it’s right for you.


Penny Mathieu October 12, 2017 at 9:04 am

Looking diligently for a Bible teaching church
I have been, in my childhood to Old Baptist, Nazarine and finally Pentecostal. I have studied the Bible, along with my brother, for many years. We aren’t able to find a church that can defend their teachings from the Bible, only a verse (not the chapter, let alone cross reference).
The Baptist church taught us to do our outreach in our community, in the 70′ s, we did outreach to other parts, but ours concentrated in town.
I am in the suburbs of Atlanta.
The Baptist rust belt.

I have a difficult time with a Bible referencing church, that I am able to understand the English language.

Our Grace church is well turning to mega church, I am usually leary of these.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

All of my family is Pentecostal, but don’t follow the Bible and I would go so far as to say they haven’t read it.
No assistance there.

Thank you.


Jack Wellman October 12, 2017 at 9:10 am

Hello Penny. I fear those in your family that are Pentecostal and profess Christ but do not read the Word of God are either lukewarm believers or they are not believers at all (Matt 721-23). I know many large mega churches are turning to relativism or what works best in this culture but it is only to draw more people and so I pray you find a church like your old Southern Baptist church that has an outreach for the gospel. If a church is not going into all the world, even in their city, they will not grow. We must evangelize or fossilize. I am not familiar with churches in your area. Don’t give up. I know there are sound churches still out there, but sadly, they may be harder to find than just a few years ago. My prayers are for you and your family Penny.


Penny M Mathieu October 12, 2017 at 9:58 am

Thank you!

It has been a struggle.
I have worked in the medical field, meaning I have met many people from many churches and have only been impressed by 1 group, but at the same time, I have read and met many from this far reaching group, meaning several locations, mega church if you will.

Thank you again ad have a wonderfully blessed day!


Jack Wellman October 12, 2017 at 10:34 am

Prayers for your search my sister in Christ. I truly believe that since Jesus guaranteed that the gates of hell (or death) will prevail against the church, I am sure there is still a faithful remnant out there. May God bless your search my friend.


A White January 22, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Hello Mr. Wellman,
I am a true believer in Christ and I do find freedom in his word. However my fellowship with god is not as strong as it was in the past. I would like to find a church that functions within its true purpose. I live in Warner Robins, GA.


Jack Wellman January 22, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Hello my friend. I just don’t know enough about the churches in your area. I would try a few churches and find one that best fits the biblical description of a church as described in this article. I wished I could be more help, but I simply don’t know the area well enough to suggest one. Thank you for your comment.


Cristina January 23, 2019 at 1:34 pm

Hello! I live in Milan, and I would love to find a Bible-believing church. Can someone help?


billy jay nelson January 24, 2019 at 10:06 am

is Christ really Christ? or what if its something mythical? did jesus really saved us all? if so why do we many gods? also I want to be saved. I need jesus in me. help me believe.


Jack Wellman January 24, 2019 at 11:15 am

Hello Mr. Nelson. Please contact a local pastor to show you more about why Jesus is the only way to heaven (John 6:44). We are to repent and trust in Christ and be saved and the more you read the Word of God, the more doubt seems to ebb away. Praying for you sir.


Crystal April 23, 2019 at 11:16 am

I pray God will lead my family and I to a Bible believing church. It is really hard to find one in Charlotte, NC.


Jack Wellman April 23, 2019 at 11:54 am

Praying for you in your search Crystal.


Katie February 4, 2020 at 8:57 pm

Hello, this is the exact kind of church I am seeking!! I am in the Waterloo, Iowa area, Jack, do you know of any in my area? Thank you, Katie


Jack Wellman February 4, 2020 at 9:17 pm

Hello Katie. I only know of Hammond Avenue Brethren Church (319) 234-4094 and Grace Baptist Church (319) 233-6196, but I have not attended either one.


Tammy May 10, 2019 at 8:04 pm

I heart yearns for a church like you describe here where a God is putfirst , not money , power, etc. and I have prayed to find a church like this, we have visited many churches in the last yr. and have not found a church home yet, I ask would you please pray for our family I told my husband tonight I don’t believe God has a place for me I was in a church for 25yrs but the churches have changed it has become more entertainment than worship I have shed many tears over this please say a prayer for us thk you.


Amber Liu March 29, 2020 at 2:55 am

Hello Jack,
thank you for the article, I think my church is OK but I’d still like to have your opinion as I am still learning. I attend Menlo Church, an evangelical megachurch, our senior Pastor is John Ortberg, you may have heard of him, he has written quite a lot of books. He seems fine to be and does teach the bible from my observation, I’m just unsure because of the people he’s worked with such as Richard Foster and Dallas Willard(deceased), and now Max Lucado.
Here is our church website:

Thank you very much


Gina August 18, 2021 at 8:02 am

I attend church of Christ and they are a bible believing church. They all have Sunday morning and evening service. Most of them have bible classes on Sunday morning and Wednesday night. But due to Covid, classes may have been canceled. They also believe in immersion with baptism. Jesus is our example and he was baptized, so we also must be baptized. Hope this helps your readers with finding a church.


Jack Wellman August 18, 2021 at 11:48 am

We need to be baptized,yes, but not in order to be saved. That is not biblical. It’s like your church is saying “Jesus + Water = Salvation” and that is heresy. I pray you see your biblical error that you think baptism saves you. That’s tragic.


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