Announcing. . .

We are celebrating brand new staff members at Gateway!

What a joy to welcome Jeff and Erin Gautney and Drew and Beth Waits to our staff.

Jeff will serve as our Associate and Missions Pastor and Drew will serve as Associate Pastor at the Munford Campus.  The Gautneys will begin serving approximately March 1, and the Waits will begin immediately.  Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow!

 

This weekend, Jeff shared a message on Holiness. If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.

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Jeff & Erin Gautney with their children Jace, Titus, and Maciah.

Jeff & Erin Gautney with their children Jace, Titus, and Micaiah.

Drew & Beth Waits with their children Caleb, Sydney, and preston

Drew & Beth Waits with their children Caleb, Sydney, and preston

Connected: My Life in the Church – PRAYER

This weekend, we concluded our series, “Connected: My Life in the Church.” We have learned what it really means to be a member of the Body of Christ. We GATHER in worship together to surrender individually and corporately to our Savior. We GROW in our faith as we enter into community with one another under the Word of God. We GIVE as we use our unique gifts, abilities, and resources to build up the Body and minister to others. Finally, we GO to the world with the gospel that has changed our lives forever. Today, we will study the “glue” that really holds it all together: Prayer. Prayer changes us. Prayer unites the church. Prayer touches the heart of God.

We closed each of our services by observing the Lord’s Supper. There’s an aspect of the Lord’s Supper that we very often miss. It’s the aspect of community and observing the Lord’s Supper together as a church. We might think that the Lord’s Supper is simply about remembering Jesus sacrifice in our hearts. It IS that, but the New Testament says that the early church broke bread from house to house, and that there was a community and relational aspect to it. The word communion itself means “common union.” It brings to mind the word community. There is a common union that brings us together. The actual act of taking communion is a vital part in bringing a church together. As we partake in the Lord’s Supper, we remember the common bond we share as a church, and all that God is doing in and through His people.

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Acts: Unstoppable We All Have a Story to Tell

UNSTOPPABLE 4We concluded our study of the unstoppable church in the book of Acts.We’ve watched the early church overcome challenge after challenge to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’ve tried to set aside our own notions and experiences about the church and learn from Scripture what it’s really supposed to look like. I’m afraid we fall far short of the beautiful, powerful fellowship of the first century. So, what will we do about it? Are we content to continue on with business as usual? Is it possible that we could experience the same unity, olive, passion, and power as these Spirit filled Christians? The same Spirit that lived in these believers so long ago, also lives in us. He anxiously awaits our surrender to Him and to his plans for the church.

The answer to being like the early church has little to do with schedules, calendars, and events. It has very little to do with buildings and budgets. It has little to do with programs, committees, and meetings. The early church was marked with a deep love for Jesus, and a burning desire to carry His love to the whole world. They never lost sight of the cross. They never lost sight of their first love. They never forgot their task. It was always about Jesus and never about them. may these characteristics come to mark the church at Gateway as we leave behind our notions of church, make the decision to BE the church. May the church once again be UNSTOPPABLE as we reach out to a lost world.

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Acts 17: Unstoppable

UNSTOPPABLE 4Most authentic Christians would say that our culture is in decline. It seems that we are ever moving toward a philosophy that says that there is no real truth. The days of prayer and Scripture in schools are quickly coming to an end. Things that once were seen as shameful, or at least hidden, are now out in the open. Morally and Spiritually, we may be as far away from God as a culture as we’ve ever been. Consequently, we have a huge challenge as believers to share to truth in our society today. We may even wonder if anyone has ever faced these kinds of challenges. The truth of the matter is that the world in which Paul and the Apostles shared the gospel was even more challenging. As we continue our study in the book of Acts, we find Paul and other believers sharing in the cultural milieu of Athens. This proud city was in decline as well, but was still full of godless philosophies, educational elite, and hedonistic lifestyles. There were more false gods and ways of living that we can imagine. How would Paul have the courage to present such a difficult message? How could he overcome the temptation to water down the message to better fit the godless culture? How would he find a way to meet these people right where they were? All of these challenges are ours as well, as we minister in a culture very much like Athens. We will learn from this great missionary our motivations, our message, and our methods, as we seek to point our struggling culture to the only real answer.

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