Who We Are
At Gateway, we are committed to helping every person believe in Jesus, belong to a family, become a disciple and build His kingdom.
The Word of God is our true foundation. The Bible clearly states who you were created to be: believing in Jesus, belonging to family, becoming a follower, and building God’s kingdom. Our mission is to help you fulfill this calling and live out the fullest life in Christ imaginable.
Relationships play an essential role in your spiritual life and in your walk with God, and they’re rooted in belonging to a greater community. In fact, Jesus commanded us to love God and love one another. We all have a need to belong, and it’s through loving, helping and protecting one another that we have opportunity to live out these greatest of commandments.
Our Core Values
WE LIVE TO GIVE
Our definition of generosity is this: being sacrificially openhanded in giving to God and to others. You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving. We LIVE to give because we LOVE the Giver.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
WE LOVE TO SHEMA (OBEY)
The simple biblical definition of Shema means to hear, but it has a much richer meaning. It means to hear so clearly and strongly that you are compelled to obey whatever you hear. Obedience is the daily evidence that we truly see Jesus as the Lord of our life. Not obeying simply means doing things our own way. We love to Shema because we love being surprised by God’s extravagant response to our faithful obedience to his voice.
Deuteronomy 6:4–5 (NKJV)
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
WE FIGHT FOR INNOCENCE
Our definition of innocence is this: godly simplicity with the absence of ungodly motivation. It involves perspective and motivation. When we read God’s word, we want to act like it’s the first time to ever see it; a childlike excitement when we find something new to celebrate about God. It also involves motive. We must not manipulate, because manipulation is man’s statement to God that we don’t need him to get to our desired outcome.The great news is that in a manipulative world, an innocent lack of impure motive is appreciated. Jesus commands his followers to be innocent. So in this house, we FIGHT for innocence.
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
WE ARE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT EXCELLENCE
Our simple definition of excellence is doing the best you can with everything God has given you. Excellence is the evidence of a really good steward. Jesus didn’t say love God based on how you feel, He said love God based on all you’ve got within you. Love lives excellently, that’s why we will ALWAYS be enthusiastic about excellence.
Daniel 6:3 NKJV
Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.
WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT GROWTH
Our definition of growth is this: the act of personally developing by constantly improving. One of the reasons we are so serious about growth is that healthy things always grow. As a church, the best thing we can do to help you grow is get off of you that which is causing you to run so slow. The ability to grow is one of the greatest gifts God gives us because none of us wants to stay where we are today, forever. We want to grow. But here, we don’t just want to, we are serious about actually doing it.
Hebrews 12:1 NIV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
WE AREN'T SETTLING FOR RELIGION, WE'RE GOING FOR ROMANCE
Our definition of romance is this: the art of unpredictable pursuit. Unfortunately, for many followers of Jesus, our walk with God becomes repetitiously monotonous rather than romantically miraculous. Jesus did not die for a boringly religious relationship with you, He died for a romantically intimate relationship with you. Romance was the motive behind Christ’s death. That’s why here, you won’t see us settle for religion, we will ALWAYS go for romance.
“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them.”
God the Father
God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He created the universe in love. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.
Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, He left heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; henceforth, He is forever one Christ with two natures—God and man—in one person.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.