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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Plumb Lines 2018: The Call to Follow Jesus Is A Call to the Nations

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. 

The call to follow Jesus is a call to the nations.

That means that when you choose to be a follower of Jesus, you are accepting a call to care about the world. . . to go to all nations with the gospel with the gospel.

There is not a single group of people that exists right bow for which Christ did not die.


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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ALL IN: Prayer & Fasting

Wouldn’t it be amazing to see a genuine Spiritual Awakening in our community?

How exciting would it be to see the Church step out of the shadows and begin to actually BE the church? Our community would never be the same. Homes could be put back together. People would come to Christ every day. The work of God’s Spirit could move uninhibited through the lives of those we love and care about. Wouldn’t it be incredible to see that kind of revival

Every great revival always begins in the church. Real revival has some very important ingredients. Today, in the story of an Old Testament revival, we will see the ingredients of a true Spiritual awakening. King Hezekiah’s story is the most often told story in the Old Testament. It’s found in three different books. It must have been a very significant story to the Israelites as they tried to follow God. Hezekiah’s father, Ahaz, had been one of the most ungodly Kings that Israel had ever seen, and the people were far from God. Hezekiah took over for his father at age twenty-five, and the Bible says that he “did what was right in the sight of the Lord.” He would lead Israel back to God in a most unlikely national awakening!

What would an awakening like that look like in our town and community? It all begins with the church. Today, we’ll see the steps to Spiritual awakening, and decide if we are willing to be “ALL-IN”.

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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ALL IN: Mission

God had a mission for a man named Noah in the Old Testament. He was to build an ark before the flood arrived. God’s mission for Noah wasn’t just about his own salvation and safety. The mission was to save anyone that would believe and get on the ark. In fact, Noah preached and pleaded for years while the ark was being build for people to believe and be saved from the coming judgment. Sadly, only Noah’s family would set foot on the ark and find salvation.

Noah’s mission meant sacrifice and a change of priorities for Noah and his family. He could no longer look at people the same way he had before. He know that they would either believe and get on the ark or they would be swept away in the flood. Life could not go on as normal. He could not simply sit around with an ark to build, judgment coming, and so many that he loved refusing to believe. Noah had to go “All-In” with the mission of God.

Just like Noah, we have been given a very clear mission. Jesus clearly summed it up for us in Matthew 28:19-20, our Great Commission. If we are to see the mission accomplished, it will indeed take a total reorganization of our priorities and the way we view life and people. We cannot simply sit around with so great a task to accomplish, judgment coming, and so many that WE love reusing to believe. Noah was “All In” with the mission of God. How about you?

We have a clear, fresh vision from God as a church body. Like Noah, we are called to be “All-In.” Over the next few weeks, we will look at Old Testament characters that were “All-In with God. We will try to understand some ways that WE can be “All-In” as a church as we seek to reorient our lives to His mission.

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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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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