Family – Father’s Day 2017

We live in a community full of families. They don’t all look the same, they aren’t all the typical family. But there are so many precious children and teenagers! The family is the God-ordained basic unit of society. Because of this, the enemy has targeted our marriages and our families, and they are breaking down at a rate that we’ve never seen before.

God has placed us in a position to impact that and it MUST be a major emphasis going forward. Gateway needs to be a place where hurting and struggling families can come and get it back together, where children can be taught and trained to love Jesus. This can be a place where we come alongside parents in the raising of their children to follow Jesus with all their hearts!


This weeks message from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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Multiply

The Bible says in Acts 2:47 that “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” The first century church grew quickly as those new believers told others about the death and resurrection of Jesus. The small group of believers gathered in Jerusalem had turned into literally thousands of people. The gospel, however, was not to stay in Jerusalem! In fact, as the little band of believers was persecuted, the gospel began to spread all over the Empire. . .wherever these believers went!

The church literally began to multiply.

In Acts 13, we have an example of the first sending, multiplying church. This congregation intentionally sent two of their best leaders, Barnabas and Paul, to other places to start other churches and spread the gospel far and wide. Indeed, through the work of these two leaders, hundreds of churches were birthed and thousands of believers began to follow Christ!

This church had a vision that was bigger than itself.

What are the characteristics of a sending, multiplying church? What made this church willing to give up it’s best leaders to be sure that the gospel got to as many people as possible? Today, we will examine the first sending, multiplying church, and seek to have the same passion for Christ that literally allowed them to impact the entire known world for Jesus!


This weeks message from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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Disciple

What is a disciple? If you ask a hundred people, you might get a hundred answers.

However, for a Christian, this is a very important question because it is what Jesus called us to become. (Matthew 28:19-20) Not only are we to become disciples of Jesus, but we are to make disciples of all the nations! How we answer this question frames the way we live our lives, what is important to us, and the purpose for which we live our lives.

God’s Word definitely helps us understand exactly what a disciple is. An easy, simple definition is that a disciple is a person that learns from Christ lives for Christ, and leads others to Christ. Being a follower of Jesus requires us to sit at Jesus’ feet and learn from Him. As we learn from Jesus, our lives are transformed and we begin to live our lives like Jesus. The cycle of discipleship is not complete, however, until we are passing it along to someone else and leading others to Christ.

A sending and multiplying church must have a commitment to discipleship among its members. As believers learn, live, and lead, disciples are multiplied, leaders are developed, and the church grows and expands wherever the Lord desires.

In today’s message, Steve looks at these three parts of the discipleship process and challenges us to be a church of disciple makers.


This weeks message from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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My Crazy Life: PARENTING

Parenting is NOT for sissies.

We make a lot of mistakes as parents. It’s a wonder any of them survive, right!?

We can mess up in so many ways: put them in a protective bubble be over controlling and give them no life of their own. What about the narcissistic who makes it all about themselves…or the wildly inconsistent. Then there’s the perfectionist…the parent with too many rules and roles…or the ones that control by withholding love or affection and praise. Perhaps too permissive never saying no, never offering discipline.

Bottom line: we’re imperfect people raising imperfect children in an imperfect world. That’s a recipe for a lot of dysfunction. In today’s podcast, we look at a family that made some mistakes WE CAN LEARN FROM!

THEY DIDN’T RECOGNIZE THE NATURAL DIRECTION OF THEIR CHILDREN

God created your children with differences. Ask Him what He wants them to be like and how He wants you to raise them. Honor Him in their interests and personality. Find their uniqueness then release them to pursue God’s plan for their lives. We don’t raise our kids to be a better version of us…we raise them to be the best version of who God made them to be.

THEY PLAYED FAVORITES

Sometimes this is human nature, but some days you like one more than the other…and some days you don’t like any of them! Favoritism often has everything to do with selfishness. The consequences can be terrible. It’s hard and we need God to help us love them the same no matter what.

THEY FAILED TO TEACH SPIRITUAL VALUES

Children want and need guidance. Parents, it is our job to teach our children about the things that matter most. Teach them to trust God.

If your parenting has been a disaster, repent. Start right now! Confess that you’ve messed up. Then move forward in grace and forgiveness. If your parents messed up, you can let it cripple you or you can forgive. All of this starts with your heavenly Father. Trust Him!


This weeks message from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.



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My Crazy Life: PEACE

Stop stressing. Quit worrying.

Of course, that’s easier said than done.

If you are freaking out because of the pace of your life, circumstances, or your own choices…there is good news. You CAN experience God’s peace. There is a chapter in the Bible called ‘The Peace Chapter’. It’s found in Philippians 4.

We ask ourselves. . . in this crazy life. . . marriage, finances, and parenting…when I can’t find peace, what do I do? Here are 5 ways to experience His peace:

CHOOSE JOY (v. 4)

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

You have to take ownership of the way you feel and respond to things. You don’t live your life dictated by your circumstances and feelings. You get to choose your attitude. You may not get to choose what happens around you, but you do get to choose your attitude in the middle of it. As a follower of Jesus, you are forgiven. His child. Not alone. Rejoice!

REJECT DRAMA

 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:5

Nothing can kill the peace in our lives like relationship drama, right? We get mad, stressed, hold onto bitterness and anger and it just poisons everything and steals our joy. Let it go. You’ll never have lasting peace as long as you let drama fill your life. If you are demanding or overbearing or you like to fight or you just can’t let things go. . .you’re never going to experience lasting peace. Be gracious and kind: reject drama.

PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

So, stop worrying, that’s sin. And pray about everything. When we are stressed, we call on everyone we can think of: doctor, counselor, lawyer, friends. Only after we’ve exhausted all those resources, we say “All right, God, looks like you’ve got to bail me out.” He needs to be our first call! “Cast your cares on Him, He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Something amazing happens when you begin to pray: the peace of God starts to guard your heart and mind.

THINK ABOUT THE RIGHT THINGS

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8

What you think about matters when it comes to having peace in your mind and heart. What are you dwelling on? Is it honorable? respectable? Is what you are thinking about right and pure? Are these thoughts going to build you up or tear you down? Maybe it’s time to get rid of  some thoughts.

Change the channel of your mind. Instead, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Col 3:16) God’s word will change the way you see the world, relationships, and on and on. You can guard your mind, command it to dwell on other things and bring peace to your heart.

DO THE RIGHT THING

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9

The extent to which you choose to obey God day in and day out determines your level of stress or peace. “And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.” Isaiah 32:17

When you live a righteous life, peace follows. Sometimes we have stress and worry and craziness in our lives because we live with duplicity in our hearts. We DO wrong and it leads to a lack of peace. We feel guilty, fearful, and afraid we’ll get found out. The solution is simple. Stop living that way. Repent. Do right.


This weeks message from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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