Invitations From Jesus

Jesus invites us to rest in His presence when we are weary, giving Him the burdens of our heart to carry. Jesus invites us to surrender our earthly lives to Him, dying to ourselves, so we can live in the abundance of eternal life with Him. Jesus invites us to drink living water, that will refresh our thirsty soul. And Jesus invites us to follow Him closely, walking in relationship with Him every day.

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Return

“They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart” Jeremiah 24:7

As life begins to return to something that resembles normal, we know that God is with us and for us. Throughout the bible, we see people return, whether that be to a physical place or even a relationship with God. We see that through prayer and faith, God is guiding his people, giving them the strength, wisdom and peace to return well

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LOVE NEVER FAILS

If love is easy, why do we find it so hard to do? If love is our natural disposition, why does Jesus continually remind His disciples to obey the Great Command? Every one of us has a way of naturally putting our own interests above others. We may love the idea of love, but in the end, we are often unwilling to pay the cost. We are unwilling to forgo our own comfort, preferences and desires for the sake of others. True love is a sacrifice. True love is always offered without demanding anything in return.

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To the ends of the earth and beyond

Throughout the Bible, we see that God is a sending God. He sent Abraham from his home to a new land of promise. He sent Moses to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. He sent prophets like Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Isaiah to proclaim the Word of God to His people, and ultimately, He sent His one and only Son on a great rescue mission to redeem us from our sin. Jesus’ final words to His followers, and to all Christians, before ascending to heaven were ‘sending’ words – the Great Commission. He sends all of us to be his witnesses, making disciples to the ends of the earth and beyond.

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No Other Name

A name tells us a lot about a person. The name we use to address someone reveals the level of intimacy we have with that person and the authority that they hold. A name can reveal an aspect of someone’s character or tell a story of their past exploits. The Bible uses different names for God to convey His authority and reveal His character and the intimacy that we are invited to have with Him. There is no other name, other than the name of Jesus, that can save us from sin and invite us into a relationship of intimacy with God.

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Disruption – 6PM

This season has seen disruption on a scale that none of us have experienced before. Disruption to our relationships, careers and study, spiritual walks, even our perspective on life and the future. Disruption is often seen as an inconvenience, something that takes us away from what we want to do, from the people we want to be with, from our normal routines, our calling and our destiny. While disruption can be inconvenient, disruption can also be an invitation.

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Joy

The book of Philippians is a letter that Paul wrote to the first church planted in Europe – the first in that continent to hear the Good News about the crucified and risen King Jesus. It was written by Paul while he was in prison and encourages these new Christians to continue to find the incredible joy that comes from knowing Jesus, serving Jesus and imitating Jesus in their life and service. And we too can experience this joy! Even in times of suffering and uncertainty, we discover joy when we know Jesus, serve Jesus and imitate Him in our life and service.

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Presence

Deep in the heart of every person is a longing for the presence of God because deep in the heart of God is a longing to be present with His people. From the beginning of the Bible to the very end, God chooses to be present with His people. God in his grace has made a way for all people to enjoy His presence every day. Unfortunately we get busy doing. We get distracted earning. We get satisfied with inferior pleasures and miss out on experiencing the life-transforming presence of God.

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Story

 

This series will be based in one song (Psalm 107) but we will unpack the stories being sung from other places in Scripture. These are old stories from an old song but God invites us all into His eternal story today through faith in His son, Jesus. Jesus came to earth to redeem all people (not just Israel) from the power and punishment of sin.

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Parables

Jesus Regularly spoke in parables. He used stories of everyday people and places to point to an unseen spiritual reality. The people and places Jesus described in His parables are culturally different to our context today. We will explore the cultural understanding and the modern equivalent of the truth Jesus is teaching to help us see the reality of the unseen Kingdom of God in our everyday.

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Encounter

Throughout the Gospels, people encounter Jesus and their lives are profoundly changed. This is the great purpose of God. He enters our world to rescue and redeem us. The Bible’s great narrative is that despite our rejection of God, and the pain it causes, He pursues us. No matter the circumstances, failure, success, or pain, Jesus has the power to transform every person’s life. We are all invited to look to Jesus and find our joy in an encounter with Him, our Saviour.

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One Another

 

Dozens of times throughout the New Testament we find Jesus’ followers instructed in the life they are to live and experience with One Another. In promoting unity, love, care, forgiveness, humility, service, encouragement and grace it is clear God’s heart for his people is that we would learn to live well within the community of people where we have been placed.

 

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No One is Beyond Reach

When Jesus walked the earth, He reached out to those who were seen as untouchable, unlovable, unreachable and living without hope. When Jesus died, He died to forgive the sins of all mankind. When Jesus comes again, the picture He has given us to look forward to is a gathering of people from every nation, every tribe and every language. No one is beyond the reach of God’s heart and no one is beyond the reach of His power to save.

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Salvation

Celebrate the joy of our eternal salvation in Jesus reflected in the saving of Israel recorded in the book of Exodus. Be reminded of the urgency to pray for our nation to be saved and be equipped to share the story of salvation with those that we live work and laugh with.

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Amazing Grace

Grace seems too good to be true. There must be a catch. There must be something we have to add to grace to make the grade with God. There must be some fine print we are missing that means we miss out on a free gift. Grace seems too amazing. Grace seems too good to be true.

Throughout the centuries and across all cultures, people have been adding to the gospel of grace to make it fit with our human understanding of receiving what we deserve or earning what we work for.

Grace is the undeserved favour of God towards people.

The church in Galatia had heard the gospel of grace and had gladly received the gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus’ death on the Cross as a sacrifice for their sins. They received a gospel of grace but soon turned to a gospel of works, adding certain cultural requirements and adherence to certain laws to be certain that they were right with God. This was not the gospel and it was not good news for anyone, yet we still do the same today.

This series will journey through the book of Galatians to clearly outline the simplicity of Gods amazing grace and to identify some common ways that we add to the gospel or grace today, robbing us of the relationship that God has intended for us. My prayer is that believers will be amazed at God’s grace, unbelievers will receive the gift of grace and we will all be set free from legalism to enjoy his grace.

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Supernatural

Jesus ministry was characterized by supernatural miracles. He taught with power and authority that was beyond what anyone had heard before. He healed the sick. He cast out demons. He had power over nature and He provided for people in miraculous ways. When Jesus sent His first followers out to continue His ministry, He gave them power and authority to do what He had been doing.

Jesus displayed the extent of His supernatural power when He overcame death and was raised to life after 3 days in a tomb. He defeated the power of sin and death once and for all. There is nothing beyond the power of Jesus and no one above the authority of Jesus. He is the King with all power and authority in heaven and on earth. When we surrender our lives to King Jesus, He gives us His power and sends us out in His authority to proclaim the good news of His Kingdom; to cast out demons and to heal the sick.

As we read through the book of Acts we see the supernatural life was natural for Jesus’ first followers in the early church. Their life and ministry looked remarkably similar to Jesus life and ministry. Everywhere they went miracles followed and whoever they ministered to, God’s power was displayed. At Gateway, one of our values is to be, “Supernaturally Down to Earth.” We believe God is calling us to a lifestyle where we believe and expect God to work supernaturally through us as he did through Jesus’ first followers in the New Testament Church.

We believe that the supernatural power of God is available for everyone today! This series will educate us about the supernatural worldview of Jesus and demonstrate the power and authority of Jesus, given to His followers. I pray that we will all expect God to do more through our lives and ministry than we have ever seen before.

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Legends of the Faith

“Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By Faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Hebrews 11:1-2

This series is based in Hebrews 11, learning from the ancients that lived by faith as to how we can live by faith today. We will identify what they did to be commended by God because of their faith and how we can develop the same confidence to respond to God in the same way.

The ancient legends were commended by God not because of their extraordinary human ability and achievements,  but because of their faith in His power to do the impossible.  They obeyed what  God told them to do even though they could not yet see how God was going to do it. They believed that in the beginning,  God was able to form the universe out of nothing and that He could do the same in their time.

They had such confidence in the nature and the power of God that they acted by faith and not by sight, discovering that God is faithful along the way.

We will unpack the stories of the legends listed in Hebrews 11 by looking at other passages in Scripture that describe their story of faith more fully. Each of their stories reveals to us the nature of God and points to the eternal plan of Jesus to redeem mankind. When ordinary people live by faith in Gods power, God does his best work.

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Expect More

Our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. There are no limits to what God can do today, other than the limits that we place on Him through our lack of obedience, understanding or faith. The Old Testament records the stories of ordinary people who stepped out in faith when they faced the impossible and saw God do extraordinary things which only God could do.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

The Book of Acts records the acts of ordinary people filled with the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel of salvation and plant churches that would transform the community for generations to come. A life of faith in God has always been one that is lived with a great expectation of what only God can do.

This series will be a journey through the book of Acts, inspiring us to pray, serve, share and give with the same faith as the early church who expected God was able to do more than they had ever seen before.

As we celebrate our 90th anniversary as a Church family, it is important to look back, celebrate and be thankful for all that God has done in the past. It is equally imperative that we look to the future to prepare and pray for God to do even more than we have ever seen Him do before. I don’t believe God is asking us to do more and make ourselves more exhausted than ever before but I do believe He is calling us to expect Him to do more than what we have ever experienced before.

If we expect God to do less than or equal to what we have seen Him do before, we will prepare for the status quo and probably achieve it. But if we expect God to do more than what we have ever asked or imagined, then maybe we will see God do more than what we have ever seen Him do before.

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