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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Know The Word of God

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Know The Word

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 5 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 4, "Why Do We Evangelize? - To Help Set Others Free".

Over the past week, we have answered the question; Why do we evangelize? After reviewing the scriptures, we determined that we evangelize because we are commanded by Jesus to do so; we love Jesus and want tell others about Him; and we have a passion for the unsaved to experience freedom.

As previously mentioned, there are many opinions and motives for why Christians evangelize. At the same time, there are many excuses or obstacles preventing us from doing so. As we move forward in our series of exploring the Dos, Don’ts, How’s and When’s of Evangelism, we will now discuss some of the reasons why we don't evangelize.

1. We don’t know the Word.

2. We are afraid of rejection.

3. We don’t want to get asked a question that we do not have an answer for.

4. We don’t love the Word.

5. We don’t love others as ourselves.

6. We don’t feel it is our responsibility.

7. We forget that Jesus is coming soon.

8. We are afraid of persecution.

One reason we do not share our faith is that we do not know the Word of God. We lack knowledge of The Gospel. Though we may have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we may fail to spend time in the Word of God so that we are able to articulate aspects of the birth, life, death, resurrection, and second coming of Christ. If we neglect to spend time in the Word of God, we will grow dull in our understanding of the Word of God. Ultimately, our lack of knowledge concerning the things of God will cause our hearts to grow cold.

Hosea 4:6 (NASB) – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

We must spend time daily meditating on God’s Word and allowing the Holy Spirit to give us a deeper revelation of Jesus. Failure to do so will result in a lack of sensitivity to the Spirit, loss of accuracy, and a lack of boldness in sharing The Gospel with those around us.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT) – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

At any moment, the Holy Spirit may speak to us to share The Gospel with someone. However, if we are not ready to share The Gospel we may share it inaccurately or shrink back and not share it all. As a result, we run the risk of robbing someone of the opportunity to hear The Gospel and enter the kingdom of God. It is unbearable to think that someone might miss hearing The Gospel simply because we did not know what to say. We must be ready in season and out of season to share our faith whenever the opportunity arises.

2 Timothy 4:2 – “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”

We can observe the importance of knowing the Word of God and being ready to share the Gospel at any moment in the account of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. This account may have been very different if Philip did not know The Gospel and was unable to accurately answer the eunuch's inquiry about Jesus Christ.

Acts 8:26-34 (NIV) – “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth.  In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants?  For his life was taken from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

Do you know The Word of God? Are you ready to share your faith with someone today?

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Why Do We Evangelize? - To Help Set Others Free

Why Do We Evangelize? - To Help Set Other People Free

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 4 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 3, "Why Do We Evangelize? - Our Love For Jesus".

A third reason to evangelize is that we have a passion for the unsaved to experience freedom. If we are truly grieved by the bondage, abuse and exploitation the enemy subjects his victims to, we will cry out for justice. Jesus was very passionate about the salvation of man through His birth, life, death, and resurrection. It was for our freedom He came and set us free. We should share this same passion to see the lost set free and experience the same redeeming power that we have experienced though Christ.

Galatians 5:1 (NASB) – “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”

Isaiah 61:1-3 ( NIV) – “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives  and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor  and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.”

We would have all died in our sin without Christ, but the Lord revealed Himself to each of us at just the right time. I personally believe that one of the greatest demonstrations of love is telling someone the truth of God’s Word. I was 13 years of age when I gave my heart to Jesus during a youth service. I grew up in a tumultuous environment and I knew I needed truth in my life. I accepted Jesus at a very young age and my life has never been the same. Jesus is the Word and the Word is truth! The truth is WHO I experienced, and it was not a minute too soon.

John 17:17 (NASB) - "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

John 1:1 (KJV) – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 1:14 (KJV) – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John 8:32 (KJV) - “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”

John 14:6 (NLT) - “Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

My childhood encounter with Jesus ignited a passion in me tell all my unsaved family, neighbors, and friends how they too might be free. I began speaking about Jesus to my siblings and they accepted the Lord. I began speaking about Jesus to my neighbors and several of them accepted the Lord. I began speaking about Jesus to my friends at school and many of them accepted the Lord, including my best friend. Then, a small group of my friends and I started an afterschool bible study were many more of our peers found freedom. God even gave me the privilege of sharing the truth of Jesus Christ with my high school graduating class and many more were impacted by the testimony of His freedom and love.

Though I was very eager to share the truth of Jesus Christ with everyone I met, not everyone was eager to receive Him. 🙂 As a teenager, I could not understand why some people would accept the truth while others would reject it. I was puzzled by this. As I studied the scriptures, God revealed five principles I needed to remember when interacting with unsaved family, neighbors, and friends.

1. Have compassion.

2. Give the Good News.

3. All soil is not equal.

4. Be aware of the enemy's blinding tactics.

5. Pray.

Have compassion. Jesus viewed people through eyes of compassion. We should also view people through eyes of compassion.

Matthew 9:36 (NASB) - “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd”

Give the Good News. The Good News came to us and changed our lives. We should be bold and take the Good News to others so their lives might also be changed.

Colossians 1:16 (NLT) - “This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God's wonderful grace."

All soil is not equal. Jesus taught that though the sower sows the word, it does not always fall on good soil. In this parable, the soil is man’s heart. We must be aware that the condition of a person's heart determines if the word will be accepted and take root.

Matthew 13:3-9 (NKJV) “Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Be aware of the enemy's blinding tactics. The enemy is real and he has real strategies to hinder people from being able to understand the truth. We should not be ignorant of the enemies schemes to try and prevent the word from being accepted.

1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) -“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT) - “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”

Finally, remember to pray for yourself and others.

Colossians 1:9-14 (NIV) - For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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Who Is Jesus? - The Best Leader Ever!

Date - Sunday, April 5th, 2015

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Bold As A Lion

Bold As A Lion

Luke 10:19 (AMP) - Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.

Acts 1:8(AMP) - But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.

The King James Version uses the same word, "power" to describe what Jesus gave us in Luke 10:19 to defeat the enemy and what He in Acts 1:8 said the Holy Spirit will give us to preach the gospel. However, they are not the same. The power we have over the enemy is "Exousia" which is authority, hence all we have to do is speak to him in the name of Jesus and all the forces of hell must obey. On the other hand, the power we get from The Holy Spirit coming upon us is "Dunamis" which is ability and might. That's important because all Christians have "Exousia" power since it comes only by the name of Jesus. Hence we can pray for the sick, cast out demons and make declarations against the enemy.

However, until The Holy Spirit empowers us with "Dunamis" we will remain scared to death to tell our co-workers about Jesus. Isn't that amazing? It's not the same. As bold as we are in church stamping on the enemy and laying hands on people we assume we can translate that into preaching the gospel to people we meet on the streets. Well, have you ever tried that? My goodness, its easier for most of us to command the enemy to get out of our lives than to just tell a human being we don't know that Jesus loves them. It's easier to wage war against a spiritual enemy than to show love to a human. It's easier to bind principalities and powers than to be witnesses for Jesus. We all already have "Exousia" but for those of us who want boldness to spread this gospel, let's ask The Holy Spirit for "Dunamis."

Welcome to today's blog. It was 2:30 AM EST when I was up writing this blog. I had just had an interesting dream that night which left an indelible mark on my mind and heart. Let me share with you the salient points;

"I kept this lion as a pet for some time. It was extremely disciplined and fit nicely into my daily routine. One day, I put it on a leash and took it out into the streets for a walk. I didn't reach too far from the house before I started drawing some serious attention. Dogs were barking, people were staring and commotion was building. Suddenly, I released it, turned around and returned home. I could hear the mayhem in the background but I didn't care. The time had come."

The lion represents the anointing on my life. I kept it "domesticated" for some time. I attracted limited attention because of it as I've displayed it on a limited level. However, it's time for me to stop holding it back. God wants me to let it go free and whatever happens, happens. The Holy Spirit, who is the source of the anointing, is the source of my boldness. I'm not afraid. I'm taking this message to the world and The Lord will protect me.

I awoke and The Lord spoke to me with these three sciptures. 

Proverbs 28:1(NIV) - The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Acts 4:13(NKJV) - Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:31(NIV) - After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Boldness is one of the most valuable traits any Christian could develop. These three scriptures demonstrate three ways to increase your level of boldness; walk in righteousness, spend time with The Lord and receive a fresh infilling of The Holy Spirit. In my dream, God challenged me to increase the level of boldness in my life and when I awoke He told me how to get it done.

What about you?
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Why The Church Still Needs All of The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts

Why The Church Still Needs All of The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts

Ephesians 4:11-16(NLT) - Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won't be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

After The Resurrection when Jesus returned to heaven, He left His Church in the hands of a team of expert builders: Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Pastors and Evangelists. This team of people have been left with the following assignment;

1) Equip saints for ministry
2) Edify The Body
3) Facilitate unity
4) Bring an understanding of Jesus
5) Help people mature

This assignment is not complete until, "we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ." Are we there yet? If not, then the work of the five-fold ministry continues. Simply put, the five-fold ministry gifts are in place to equip, edify, unify, educate and help God's people mature. When Christian people are missing any of the above it's a sure sign that they're not properly connected to these ministry gifts and that's a problem.

1 Corinthians 12:28-30 (NLT) - Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages. Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not!

The Importance of the Pastor and Evangelist

Two of the most widely accepted roles within The Church are the pastor and evangelist. Few Christians deny their relevance in the Body of Christ and most would vigorously defend their viability. The word, pastor is mentioned in the Bible nine times and is used in the same capacity as the word, shepherd. Outside of Ephesians 4, all other references to pastor are in the Book of Jeremiah. Therefore, since the formation of The Church it was only mentioned once.

Jeremiah 3:15 - And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

So the job of the pastor is to feed the people of The Church with knowledge and understanding like a shepherd who takes care of a flock. Now the other ministry assignment that’s widely accepted is evangelist. This word is only mentioned three times in the Bible and all of these times are in the New Testament. This position is reserved for the preacher of the gospel. Therefore it only came into existence after Jesus Christ died to defeat sin on the cross and rose from the dead to defeat death.

2 Timothy 4:5 - But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Romans 10:14 - How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Since the word evangelist means preacher of the gospel any mention of the word preacher in the New Testament may be associated with evangelist. However, a distinction should exist because they come from two different Greek words. Nonetheless, to sweeten the statistics, the three times that the word preacher is mentioned in the New Testament will be combined with evangelist for a grand total of 6 times.

I would like you to pay close attention to the direction of this discussion because I am building a very strong argument. The pastoral assignment is mentioned nine times in the Bible with eight of those in one book of the Bible. The evangelistic assignment is mentioned six times and all in the New Testament. Nonetheless, please note that the entire Body of Christ should preach the gospel outside of The Church. However, the ministry assignment of the evangelist, as defined in Ephesians 4 is to preach the gospel to The Church or to others so that they can join The Church.

As mentioned earlier, their mission is to perfect the saints so that they can work the ministry and edify the Body of Christ. At this point let us have a short recap. It is clear that the pastor and the evangelist are listed among the main ministry gifts. However, they are not singled out on the wider list of spiritual gifts. They are called to minister to the Body of Christ and should always have that primary responsibility at the front of their minds.

The Importance of the Teacher

The word teacher comes from the Greek word, “didaskalos” and is described as an expert, master, doctor or instructor. It is mentioned thirteen times in the New Testament and twenty times in the entire Bible. There are very few masters among us. I thank God for the honor and privilege to sit under the ministry of one whenever I can.

James 3:1 - My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

Hebrews 5:12 - For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

These individuals have a special gift of wisdom and understanding of the Word of God. I respect them greatly and I am sure most of The Church agrees that they are rare gems whom we cherish. I like reading the books written by some of these teachers because of the understanding that I receive from them. Nonetheless, this is not an office you force yourself into. You have to be called by God, anointed and disciplined in your study of the Word of God to fill these big shoes.

The Importance of the Apostle

The word apostle comes from the Greek word, “apostolos” and is described as a delegate, an ambassador of the Gospel, an official commissioner of Christ, one with miraculous powers, a messenger and one who is sent by God. This office is very special and is mentioned eighty three times in the New Testament alone. It is a part of the five main ministry gifts assigned to leadership and must still be present in The Church if perfection is to be achieved according to Ephesians 4:11-13.

I know some apostles personally and I must acknowledge that these are some of the highest ranking ministers in the Body of Christ. I say that with confidence because Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12:28-30 put them first, before he mentioned the other two offices, prophets and teachers in the list of spiritual gifts. You don’t choose to be an apostle. You are chosen by God. The definition of the position includes one who is sent by God. Therefore, you don’t volunteer for that position. You can volunteer to watch cars in the parking lot! You can volunteer to be an usher! You can even volunteer to lead song service! However, God has to make you an apostle.

The Importance of the Prophet

The word prophesy in the New Testament comes from the Greek word, “propheteuo” and has the following meanings; to foretell events, speak under divine inspiration and exercise the prophetic office. The word prophet is mentioned one hundred and sixty three times in the New Testament and a total of four hundred and ninety times in the Bible. This is one of the most maligned words among conservative Christians but somehow seems to be given more emphasis in the Bible than pastor, evangelist and teacher combined.

Every main ministry gift listed in Ephesians 4:11-13 is important to The Church, so if one is missing The Church cannot be perfect. As a result, those who deny the relevance of prophecy rob themselves of an important aspect of God’s plan. In fact, just by the sheer magnitude of the emphasis placed on prophecy in the Bible, what conclusion should you draw? Do you see how many times the word prophet is used in the New Testament in stark contrast to any of the other ministry gifts and assignments?

I’ll make a simple analogy. The Church is the Body of Christ so all together we represent God on the earth. The leadership of The Church points it in the right direction. For the purpose of this discussion, let us refer to the leadership as the fingers on the Hand of God. Now let’s assume that the five main ministry gifts that constitute church leadership; apostle, prophet, teacher, pastor and evangelist are the five fingers of the Hand of God. What do you think happens when one of these assignments is removed?

You end up with a four fingered hand! Do you think a hand with four fingers can be as effective as one with five? I don’t think so. As a result, large sections of The Church have chosen to operate with four fingers and in fact, some operate with just three because they deny the role of The Apostle.

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The Body Church - Building An Army Of Ministers

Sermon Date - Sunday, March 16th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

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Be Good Today!

The Peace of God

THE FRUIT OF GOODNESS

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Romans 15:14(KJV) - And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

I've always heard of the goodness of The Lord while growing up in The Church. However, goodness is one of the least mentioned fruits of The Holy Spirit that should manifest in our lives. What is goodness in the first place? In this context it means virtue and I'm sure you're familiar with The Bible's depiction of the virtuous woman. Your spirituality can be judged by your goodness. Do you dispense good to others and are you the carrier of good wherever you are? In the midst of a complete collapse of moral standards, your goodness shines like a light that points people back to God.

Look for opportunities to do good today. Your good works show men that The Holy Spirit has taken control of your life. They are an outward demonstration of an inward transformation. The Apostle James said that faith without works is dead. As a result, anytime faith is mentioned in your life it must be accompanied by goodness. Your faith cannot stand alone and be effective because in the eyes of others nothing has changed about you until they can see it. Be good to those around you today and let the spiritual fruit of goodness develop.

Meditate on Hebrews 10:19-25 and James 2:14-26

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The Body Church - Building God's Church

Sermon Date - Sunday, February 16th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

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The Body Church - The Vision Of The Church (Part Two)

The Body Church

Sermon Date - Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

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It's Official! The Journey Has Begun In Atlanta For The Body Church

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

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