Give in Ministry

When we talk about giving at church, many people immediately think about money. Of course giving financial is important. But the idea is SO much bigger than that. We give in ministry. We make a choice to be part of something bigger than ourselves.


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



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Gather in Atoka

Once you’ve made your decision to follow Jesus, your have only begun to discover the changes that God wants to make in you. God wants you to grow in your faith so that ultimately you can become more and more like Jesus. Romans 8:29 tells us that it is His goal is for us to be “conformed to the image of His Son.” In other words, God wants us to mature both for our good, and so that others can see the power of God in our lives and want to know Him too.

“. . .until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord..”

Ephesians 4:13-14

Spiritual maturity is a process that takes a lifetime. It is a journey. It doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen without making some very important decisions and choices. For many of us, the hard part is figuring out what this process looks like. How do I grow? Now that I’m a Christian, how do I keep moving forward in my faith? I really want to be more like Jesus, but I don’t know what to do.

The process of becoming more like Jesus (sanctification) is found all over Scripture. It is a process you have already started by trusting Jesus. The great part about it is that you are not in this alone! God’s Spirit is working in you (Ephesians 3:20), and the church plays a HUGE role in helping one another grow. At Gateway, we have a special way of remembering the process. Over the next four weeks, we will look from Scripture at the four “G’s” of discipleship.


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


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Powerful Prayer

We are going to continue focusing on prayer for a few weeks here on the blog and podcast. Today, we’re looking at a certain kind of prayer. The kind that really has the attention of God. What does that powerful prayer look like? Find out in today’s message.

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


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Thanksgiving Is Over

Thanksgiving is over. The parade is over and the pumpkin pie is gone. We are five pounds heavier and still eating leftovers! Attention has now turned to the next great celebration . . . Christmas! Fall decorations are being swapped out for Christmas trees and elves on shelves! However, I wonder, did we really “get” Thanksgiving? 

Christmas always means more when we let Thanksgiving really sink in.

What does it mean to let Thanksgiving “sink” in? It means that we learn to value the things we already have been given. It means learning contentment to the point that any time we receive from God or others that our first response is to give thanks for that which we don’t deserve. In Psalm 103 we are brought face to face with so many blessings that we have in Christ. He forgives all our sins. He heals all our diseases. He redeems our lives from destruction. He crowns us with love and compassion. He satisfies us with good things. Let all of that sink in.

Gratitude is a choice. Even in the most difficult times, we are called on to “give thanks to the Lord.” Our society is not so grateful anymore. In fact, gratitude has become rare. Hardly ever do we hear a genuine “thank you.” This year, as the presents pile up under the tree, thank God for the deeper gifts that He has given you, and pass on an attitude of gratitude to others.


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



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Plumb Lines 2018: Love Is Our Most Convincing Witness

Whether you are constructing a house, getting a degree, raising a family, or growing a church, your foundation has to be sure and secure. If you cut corners or fail to plan properly, your foundation could crumble, and all of your efforts might be in vain. Builders use a “plumb line” to be sure everything is straight so that what they are building will stand the test of time.At Gateway, we have a set of Plumb Lines taken from God’s Word that are designed to keep us on track and keep everything straight. They help us make sure that we are building something that will last. Our plumb lines are short statements of the things we value most as a church. They capture who we are and where we are headed.

They are the threads that weave the fabric of Gateway’s identity as a church and our mission as a congregation. 

Love is our most convincing witness.

Jesus isn’t visible. Our community can’t watch Him love, heal, and teach. But they can see us. We paint a picture of Jesus with our lives.

When we love, we show Jesus.

This message is 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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