First we need to define the word "church", most believe it is a building or organization, but it is not! It is a community or assembly of believers.
Why do we assemble?
Because there is a command to assemble on the Sabbath before the Lord in prayer and worship.
Up until the time of the Babylonian captivity there was only one location (Jerusalem) for the gathering of worship and to celebrate the annual high Sabbath days. After the destruction of the temple and the exile of the Jewish people, synagogues were established to service the small communities of exiled Jews. Thus began the establishment of churches. Yet according to Mathew, any location, even ones home will do.
The Sabbath day was established as a day of rest, a holy gathering of Gods people, as few as two people gathered in the Lords name constitute a church meeting.
How then do you recognize Gods true church?
Coming together is to encourage, teach, admonish, and edify one another, and should be joyous!
When most Christians think of church, the following comes to mind, singing a few hymns
and then the congregation sits quietly in their pew, while the pastor conducts the service and delivers the sermon. They stand and sit on cue and pass the offering plate.
A church should be a place to assemble and hear the word of God read aloud, and those that have questions can ask them aloud, a place of prayer, a coming together in joy and song, a place where those in a common belief can fellowship together encouraging and strengthening each other in their belief.
Music was always an important part of religious services, there were singers and musicians who took part in most worship services, be it the weekly Sabbath or annual Sabbaths. Music, singing, and dancing were part of the celebrating before the Lord.
In locating a church, you need to find one that follows doctrines that are scriptural, as outlined within the Bible. No church organization, or minister can get you into heaven, its an individual responsibility.
The sermon in today's church meeting seems to have become the primary event of the service, with everything else leading up to it. The sermon has taken over center stage, and the meeting is judged by the quality of the sermon message. Yet this format is non Biblical.
Being a member of God's church involves a spiritual membership, not a physical one. Having the spirit of God dwell within you is what makes you a member of his church. Christ is not returning to a material building, he is returning to a church that is built on the foundation of the prophets, apostles, and Christ himself, Ephesians 2:19-22.
The church (body of believers) would be a small group.
Jesus taught that the true church would be a “little flock” (Luke 12:32), hated by the world (Matthew 10:22), and persecuted (Matthew 10:23). He also taught only a few would find the way to eternal life (Matthew 7:13-14; 20:16). Jude indicates that the number of saints was relatively small (Jude 14), while Paul called the small group a “remnant” (Romans 11:5).
If you cannot find a church in your area, remember that the true temple of God is your own body, for the spirit of God dwells within you.
Is there only one true Church Organization?
There are many organizations, as long as the hold true to scripture they are following God's word.
Remember that you must do what is right with God and not what is right with some church Organization, for some day you will have to answer to God, not to the Organization.