G4 2017 – Go

The G4 process doesn’t end with GATHERing together for worship. It doesn’t end with GROWing and becoming more like Jesus. It doesn’t even end as we GIVE of ourselves and our treasure to build up the church. On the contrary, all of these culminate as we take the gospel that has changed our lives and GO with it to the nations! The truth is that a call to follow Jesus is indeed a call to the nations! We GO with the gospel to our neighborhoods and every day places, but it doesn’t end there. We are truly called to be a part of a global mission.

In today’s message, we will see that God uses ordinary people that understand the need, are willing to be sent, and will allow God to overcome their objections, to take the gospel to the world. In fact, the first short term mission trip took place in the book of Acts by an ordinary man named Phillip. His obedience to go wherever the Lord sent him changed the course of an entire continent. Are you willing to let God overcome your objections? Are you willing to be sent?


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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G4 2017 – Give

God has given gifts to each of you from His great variety of Spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.” 1 Peter 4:10

It may be hard to believe, but God has given every person, including you, gifts to use to honor him and build up the church. In fact, the Bible calls you a masterpiece of God’s work.

For we are His workmanship (or masterpiece) created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

God has a plan that we should use what He has given us. . .our gifts. . .our talents. . .our personality. . .our experiences to make a difference in the lives of others.

As we study the third “G” in our G4 series, we will learn that there are some attitudes that must be present if we are going to GIVE of ourselves to the glory of God. Are we willing to let God use our lives to build up the church and impact the lives of others? If so, we must be available, full of gratitude, and ready to go the distance in ministry to others.


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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G4 2017 – Grow

Last week, we started learning about a process that the Bible lays out for our Spiritual journey.  To help us remember it, at Gateway, we call it G4.  (Gather, Grow, Give, Go) It begins with pursuing an ongoing relationship with Jesus through our worship as we GATHER together, encouraging one another as we meet together.  This, however is not the end.  God, has so much that He wants to do in our lives!  He has a purpose for us, and He never stops working in us.  There is a process of change and growth that He wants to happen in our lives.  He desperately wants us to GROW in our faith.

Ephesians 4:14-16 clearly tells us that we are not to stay children or immature in our faith.  We are to move on.  We are to grow up.  Our hearts and attitudes ought to be changing because of the living Christ in us!  Today, we will find that God has some very specific ways that He uses to grow our faith.  If we know what they are, we can put ourselves in a position for God to strengthen our faith like never before!  Are you willing to adjust your life so that God can grow your faith?  Are you willing to place yourself in an environment where God can work like never before to give you faith that can move mountains?


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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G4 2017 – Gather

How can a person be certain that they are doing the things necessary to grow spiritually?

So many believers stay frustrated at the pace and quality of their spiritual growth.  Why can’t I seem to be consistent in my attitudes?  Why do I keep falling into the same sins and struggles?  Why can’t I seem to get “over the hump” in my spiritual growth?

People that grow in their faith and make a real difference with their lives have made some choices to be obedient in some critical areas. They have surrendered to a process in their lives that yields fruit and joy and spiritual growth.  At Gateway, we have chosen to name this process G4 to help us remember the critical things:  We GATHER in worship.  We GROW in small group environments.  We GIVE in ministry.  We GO on mission.

Have you ever watched a basketball game come down to the last shot?  Sometimes a shot is made to seemingly win the game, but it actually took place after the buzzer sounded.  The crowd and the players celebrate as if they had won at the last minute, but instant replay shows that the shot didn’t really count.  As we look at GATHERING in WORSHIP today, we will learn that there is a type of worship that doesn’t really count.   It may seem like all is well, but the heart is the key.  Worship is the foundation and the starting point for true spiritual growth.  How well are we worshipping?

Is our foundation for spiritual growth solid and strong?


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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DIFFERENT: 1 Peter 5

Ever made a big mistake and realized that it was too late to fix it?

That’s a bad feeling. We’ve all done it. Peter once made a mistake that he thought it was too late to fix, too. In fact, he was good at doing that. Today’s message finishes up the book of 1 Peter with an urgent call o wake up to our pride, wake up to the enemy, learn to resist him, and let God restore what has been taken.

Peter know what he’s talking about, because he’d made plenty of mistakes and experienced God’s amazing. grace.


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