With You Always

As believers, we talk a lot about making disciples. This, of course, comes from the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. It truly is the task of our lives. There is a promise at the end of the Great Commission that we often. Overlook. In verse 20, Jesus says, “Lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the age.” As the disciples prepares to go and follow Jesus’ command into all the earth, Jesus was promising to never leave them alone. This same promise holds true for everyone that follows Jesus today.

It gives us confidence to know that no matter what we face or what we go through, Jesus will be with us, even to the very end. It may not always feel like God is there, but His promises are true. He is with us as we go through our every day lives. He is with us in hardship and difficulty. He is with us even in the valley of the shadow of death. Psalm 23 says, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death; I will fear no evil; for You are with me.”

When you feel like God has abandoned you, remember the words of Jesus. What He says is true. He will never forsake His children.


This message is from Steve Carpenter at 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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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 the 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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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.


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Plumb Lines 2018: The Gospel Alone Produces the Passion that Sustains the Mission

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. 

Today’s Plumb Line is perhaps the most important when it comes to living out our faith day to day. What causes us to do what we do as followers of Christ? Why do we keep on loving people even when they don’t seem to care? Why do sacrifice money and time and effort in order to minister to others? Why do we get up week after week and come to a building to worship a God we can’t see? Why is it that we would travel all over the nation and world to share a message of forgiveness and love and grace? 

This plumb line tells us what keeps us going. It’s what compels us. It’s what pushes us out on the mission God has given us? 


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