How To Choose Which Christian Church To Attend

Posted on: 24 April 2017

Individuals who hold Christian beliefs will find there are multiple denominations within the faith. After moving to a new location, finding a church that practices the rituals and traditions that are most dear to you is extremely important. Below is a list of the most common denominations and the main convictions they follow.

Methodist

Brothers John and Charles Wesley started a revival back in 1736, which led to the start of Methodist churches in America. This denomination has a great deal of community churches and believes in a triune God. Jesus Christ is the head of the church, and his sacrifice is remembered each month during the sacrament of Holy Communion. Baptism is practiced on individuals of all ages, including infants, via sprinkling or full immersion. The Methodist church also puts a great emphasis on mission work and serving others with acts of kindness. 

Baptist

With thousands of Baptist churches in the United States, you're sure to find one close to where you live. Baptists also believe in the Trinity, Christ's birth, death, and resurrection, and taking part in the Lord's Supper. One of the main differences in this denomination is its practice of baptism. The church believes in full immersion baptism and only baptizes individuals who are old enough to make a proclamation of faith. Babies are not eligible.

Presbyterian

The Presbyterian church got its start back in the 1700s and follows the teachings of the late John Calvin. The church holds that God is made up of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and that salvation comes through believing in Jesus Christ. Holy Communion is held the first Sunday of every month and baptism is performed on babies, children, and adults. Worship is a big part of the Presbyterian church, which also holds community as extremely important. Education and lifelong learning are essential, and because of this, ministers are held to high academic standards. This church also elects an assembly of elders to govern it.

Episcopal

Started in 1789, the Episcopal church is also part of the larger Anglican Communion. They believe that Jesus is both fully human and fully God and the way to eternal life. In addition to following the scriptures, the Episcopals worship using the Book of Common Prayer. Baptism can be done at any age through either immersion or affusion, and communion is commonly referred to as the Eucharist. Unlike the other denominations, Episcopals have more than two sacraments. The sacraments of confirmation, matrimony, unction, and reconciliation of a penitent are also followed. 

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