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Thank you for having an interest in the 'Raleigh Congregation of the Body of Jesus Christ'We refer to it as Our Home Church. My name is brother Al Ward, I am the pastor, and if I may, founder of this church.  The 'Raleigh Congregation of the Body of Jesus Christ' is a brand new church, actually it is so new we have not yet decided upon a permanent name, so you may see it change in the future.  We have a good time at our church, good up to date music, good preaching with illustrations in simple and easy to understand terms and a wonderful fellowship.  Come visit with us and enjoy a good fellowship in the Lord where the spirit does not grow old.

 

You may be wondering why would another brand new little church spring into existence?  I think it is a legitimate question, it is a question that I had whenever I heard of a new church in the past.  I was called to preach and to pastor in 1987.  I have been told most of my adult life that I had been called to preach by one of my uncles and by my father both of whom are now deceased and both of whom were also pastors.  But I always rejected the thought.  I was told this even before I accepted the Lord as my Savior.  When I received my calling it was very clear to me, but I still rejected it, at least at that time.  Later in my life I started trying to rationalize it in such a way as to say maybe He meant for me to do this through a song ministry.  Well, now I know it for what it really is, when He told me to feed His sheep He did not mean for me to just sing a song, praise the Lord.

 

Our Home Church is a non-denominational church which is just one of the congregations in the body of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus taught us to love one another and in my opinion and from my experience this needs a lot less talk and a lot more work.  It is the mission of this church while proclaiming and teaching the entire word of God (the bible) to emphasize the need to Love one another.  After all it is the nature of God to love us and when His spirit becomes deposited into us (born again / baptized by fire), we also begin to take on his nature.  God is love.

 


 

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NIV)
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

 


9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 


 

1 John 5

1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

 


 

Of course I am not saying there is no love in the various churches I have attended but in my opinion, and in the opinions of many others, it usually seems rather weak.  I am not saying our church has mastered the loving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and neither am I saying there was no one in the other churches who displayed a strong spirit of love, but rather, I am addressing the general congregations as seen by my spirit.  I have never really felt that I was a valued and accepted member in the family of God while attending those churches.  Neither did I see an abundance of love between other members of the congregations.  Sometimes there were excellent practices in place which seemed designed to promote brotherly love and fellowship but somehow they just did not appear to resonate within the hearts of the congregation.  Of course I cannot read anyone's heart, I do not have the gift of discernment of spirits, although upon occasion I am able to discern some spirits, and I do have eyes that can see the fruit.  And as a further disclaimer, I do not claim that Our Home Church is the answer to everyone's problems but I do know who holds all the answers to everyone's problems, it is the same one we serve, the one we call God.  And since it is God who has commissioned this church, it bears no further validation.

 

One may wonder what is really different about this church, so far maybe you have not read or heard  anything that really stands out.  Let us examine a few things.  To see some of the goals that Our Home Church strive to accomplish,

 

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