The Gospel Changes Everything

Have you ever wronged someone and as a result, your relationship with that person was compromised?  In the book of Philemon, Onesimus, a runaway slave, stole from Philemon, his master.  However, God, in His sovereignty, ordained that Onesimus would run into Paul, a prisoner in chains in Rome.  Paul led Onesimus to the Lord and then wrote this letter to appeal to Philemon.  Paul called Philemon to accept Onesimus back, not just as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother in Christ. This letter from Paul, the prisoner, to Philemon, the master, about Onesimus, the slave, is a story of forgiveness and the changes that the gospel has in the a believer’s life.  The gospel changes everything.

This message is from Konnor Kessler 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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Update: Long Range Planning

Gateway is a multiplying and sending church.

In recent months, we’ve formed a Long Range Planning Committee. They’ve been meeting and seeking the Lord about what is next for Gateway. How do we continue to reach and impact the lostness of our community and make a difference in the lives around us?

They committee has been focusing on three areas for the future:

  • Serving families and our communities
  • Strengthening the body to continue being a multiplying and sending church
  • Leadership development

Check out today’s special edition podcast for a detailed report from the Long Range Planning Committee.


This message is from our Long Range Planning Committee, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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My Crazy Life: Finances

 

There are over 2300 verses in the Bible that have to do with money.

Jesus spent over fifteen percent of His recorded words talking about the way we view money and how we handle our possessions. He talked about money more than any other topic including prayer, worship, heaven or hell. Why all of the emphasis on money and possessions? Jesus knew that how a person handles money in a good gauge of your spiritual life. Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, how we handle money and the emphasis we place on it, reveals our true heart.

In the middle of our crazy lives, money can cause great stress.

In fact, eighty percent of marriages that break up,  list money issues as a primary reason for divorce. Too many arguments and family breakdowns can be traced back to the handling of our money. It is imperative that we get the proper perspective on money and possessions, so that financial issues don’t rob us of our peace and put us on the road to ruin. There’s nothing wrong with owning stuff, as long as that stuff doesn’t own us!

In this week’s message, we will seek to find our joy in pursuing God and eternal treasure rather than the passing riches of this world!


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: Marriage

Do you ever feel like the hamster on the treadmill? Always running. . . never really getting anywhere? For most of us, busyness if just a way of life. Work, taking care of the kids, taking care of the house, family drama, health issues, church activities, and so much more sap our energy and time. It may feel like our lives are described by one word: chaos!

Is there a way to have peace in the middle of a crazy life? Can my marriage and family thrive in the middle of the chaos of our lives? Is there a way to find a balance?

the Bible has some things to say about all the things that make our lives crazy and chaotic. We weren’t meant to live distorted and worn out. Over the next few weeks, we are going to let God help us find balance and peace. Will you let Him be Lord over your crazy life?


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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