What we’re committed to…
Gateway Church is all about helping unchurched people become a unified community of growing, multiplying Christ followers.
(Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 4:12-13)
Jesus never saw church as a place to go, but as a people who love Him and who are learning to love others. At Gateway, no matter what your spiritual background or past or where you are now, we want you to come as you are – questions, doubts, skepticism, whatever – bring it! Connect into community here and take your next steps toward becoming who you were intended to be.
How we’re committed to doing it…
Jesus made it clear that the first and greatest commandment in scripture is to love God with all your heart. (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37) We want to inspire and move people toward life lived in a very real, loving relationship with a very real God. Loving God is at the center of everything we do.
Staying Connected: The amazing thing about being in a relationship with God is that He’s with you all the time. We can do life with Him moment by moment through His Spirit that actually lives within those who have a relationship with Him. When we choose to stay connected and follow Him we get to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves and have an eternal impact. (John 15:5-16, I Thessalonians 5:17, Matthew 18:19).
Following God’s Word: We believe that the Bible is the main way that God communicates with us. It’s a vital part of how we grow in our relationship with Him. Because the Bible is more than just a book, it’s the living, active word of God – we’re transformed when His Spirit helps us understand and apply Biblical truths to our everyday life. (II Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, Romans 10:17, Psalm 1:1-3)
Engaging in Worship: Everybody worships something. That is to say we all give our attention, devotion and loyalty to someone or something we love, value and respect. God created us with that nature and desire because He longs for us to spend time with Him, to see Him for who He is, to worship Him. We believe that coming together as a church to celebrate and worship God is part of our purpose and role as a church. (Acts 2:46-47, John 4:19-24, Colossians 3:16). Worship can take many forms and expressions. It’s primarily an attitude of reverence and love resulting in acts of service. As we regularly come together, we experience God’s presence and are reminded of who He is.
Come As You Are: Everybody is welcome here. We want to provide a safe place for people to experience grace and truth in a way that we experience God’s love for us.
Nobody Stands Alone: We’re convinced that real life-change happens best in the context of a small group of people doing life together (Hebrews 10:24-25, Luke 6:12-13, Acts 2:44-46). In these communities we are to be the church to one another and demonstrate God’s heart to a watching world as we live out the “one another” of scripture. We’re a church of small groups committed to the value of everyone being cared for in a community that will love and prompt us to grow.
No Perfect People Allowed: We believe authenticity, acceptance and truth-telling create the atmosphere where people can become whole (Romans 12:3, Ephesians 4:11-16, 25-26). There is no need to pretend we are better or worse than we really are, but as we accept each other and speak the truth in love to one another, we can help each other grow into whole people.
Culturally Relevant Communication: We believe it’s important to speak the language of our culture while not compromising biblical truth. (II Corinthians 5:14-21, I Corinthians 9:19-23). We use the arts, music, video, multimedia, drama, poetry, dance and any other medium to re-present Who God is and His love for people.
Come as You are… But Don’t Stay that Way: We believe that the more we choose to do life with God everyday, the more we’re transformed. We become more loving people, displaying the fruits of the Spirit of God (Matthew 22:37-40, Galatians 5:22-23). Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control are the indicators of spiritual growth. We’re all “in process” and like any relationship it takes intentionality. It’s not about us trying so hard to become or be perfect. It’s about trusting and asking Him to change us step by step.
Be the Body
To one another: We believe that everyone has unique spiritual gifts that God gave us to serve one another and build His Church. A significant part of growth and becoming who He made us to be happens when we choose to serve the Body using those gifts. The Church is only able to do what we’re supposed to do when everyone does what they were created to do. (I Corinthians 12, Romans 12:3-8, Ephesians 4:11-12)
As You Go: People in need cross our path everyday. We believe one of the main roles of the Church is to serve and care for the poor, oppressed and marginalized in our communities, our city and beyond. We’re always on the lookout for ways to serve through Gateway, as well as in your own neighborhood and workplace.(Deut. 10:17-19, Deut. 15:7-11, Prov. 19:17, Micah 6:8, I John 3:17, Matthew 25).
Why we do what we do…
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are given by God’s inspiration, and in the original writings they are without error. We believe the Scriptures were written by God through people and therefore speak with the authority of God while reflecting the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. They are the unique and final authority on all matters of Christian faith and practice.
We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. We believe he was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now acts as the only mediator between God and people.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit, as the third person of the Trinity, is to apply the saving work of Christ. He does this by bringing conviction of a person’s need for the forgiveness of Christ. He regenerates their heart and then permanently indwells them when they believe. His ongoing work is to guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
We believe that people were created in the image of God for a loving relationship with God. However, people have rebelled against God, actively or passively choosing to go their own independent way. As a result, we’re separated from God and suffer the corruption of our nature because of our sin. The effects of this fall from our intended relationship with God can be reversed through faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.
We believe that Jesus Christ died as the substitution for the death penalty we owed. No amount of good works or human effort can restore us from our state of eternal alienation from God. It is only by God’s free grace that we are saved from this state of alienation, and this grace is appropriated by a change of heart toward God’s leadership in our lives and by faith in Jesus to forgive our sins.
We believe that there is only one true Church universal composed of all people who have asked Jesus Christ for forgiveness and made Him leader of their lives. The diversity of all believers working together, using their gifts to build up one another, form the parts of the body of Christ, the Church. The scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, the teaching of God’s Word, using our gifts to build up one another, outreach, communion, and baptism. Wherever God’s people meet in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.
We believe that transformation, growth and life change are evidence of a person’s connection to God. As we continue to pursue a real relationship with God He will continue to change us to become more like Christ. But it requires our willingness and intentionality. “The Way of Christ” is simply Gateway’s name for being intentional about your spiritual growth in relationship with others who are going the same way. It includes loving God, building character, loving people and being the Body.