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Why an apostolic church?

One of the things I love about Gateway is that I’m always challenged to actually be the kind of person God has made me to be. Because of God’s grace, I’ve never felt like I was punching the air  in vain or hopelessly spinning my wheels. When He shows me a glimpse of the person I could be, it inspires me to press in to Him, knowing that the promise of truly becoming that person is real.

Part of my Kingdom assignment is to lead our congregation in worship. There is tremendous pressure to be in-tune with God and sensitive to His leadings and promptings, being quick to hear and follow Holy Ghost. It’s easy to let myself become overwhelmed with a sense of inadequacy and incompetence because I’m just a human being. I don’t always know the next step. I don’t always know the next song. I don’t always know what God’s doing. Then I remember that it’s not by my strength or talent or intellect. I can only fulfill this call by the grace of God, and you can only fulfill your call the same way.

The Apostolic ministry is one where the people are released into their callings and giftings by the grace of God. Apostle David first teaches us, equips us, chastens us and matures us. He then positions us, releases us, sends us and empowers us to fully fill our Kingdom assignments. That’s what it means to be submitted to an Apostle and be part of an Apostolic ministry: that you will be challenged, disciplined and strengthened so that when you become a mature son of the house, you can be an effective disciple for the Kingdom ofGod.

God predestined each of us for a particular purpose. There are no clones in the Body of Christ. Each one of us is unique and special. Each one of us has a call and destiny on our lives. And each one of us CAN reach that destiny. All we have to do is trust God, listen to and obey the spiritual authority God has placed in our lives, and rely fully on God’s grace to do all the things that are required of us.

Here at Gateway, you have the opportunity to learn what that unique purpose for your life is, how to develop it and walk into it, and how to actually be that person God has made you to be.

~by Anessa Back

Keep the Change

I have often told the cashier to keep the change if it is going to be just a few pennies.  I never wonder if I made the wrong decision when I do this.  This has not been a struggle for me.  I go on about my day and don’t give it another thought.

There is change I am determined to keep however.  This is a different type of change. At Gateway Believers Fellowship, we know that we are in a transitional time.  There is an excitement and expectancy in the air. New people are coming into the church. We are seeing salvations and rededications.  The congregation as a whole is dedicated to growing and fulfilling the purpose of an Apostolic church.

There is a price to pay. We have counted the cost and are moving forward.  With this change must come commitment.  It isn’t to be taken lightly like the small “change” I leave at the register.  The New Testament is full of examples for us to follow to become the church Christ has called us to be. Holy Spirit is here to guide and teach us every step of the way.  What an exciting time to be part of God’s Kingdom!

Playing church is not our purpose as believers.  The house of God is not a social club or past time. We are to be God’s witnesses to a lost and dying world.  We can’t do that if we appear to be a lost and dying church. We are to rise up as a mighty army. Signs and wonders will follow those who truly believe.  This will require dying out to flesh. That will take courage, commitment, and time.  We must strengthen our spirit man because that is where all permanent change starts. The rewards will be worth the sacrifice.

Prayer and seeking God’s direction and help is needed as a body and as an individual.  He will not withhold from us as we draw near to Him. There is an army rising up.  I urge you to consider finding your part as we usher in what I believe will be the greatest move of God the earth has ever seen. I challenge you to take your place.

~ Connie Robinson

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What is Your Purpose?

God created you and I for His purpose. Some of us  have often asked, “What is my purpose in life?” We search our minds. We think about what we should do. What career choices should I make  Am I smart enough to do this? What do I like to do? Will I be successful? We ask our parents, teachers, and guidance counselors what choices we should make.

The definition of purpose is: To have the intention of doing or accomplishing something. A lot of people wander through life never seemingly finding themselves. They go from job to job. Some go from marriage to marriage. They are always unsettled. They never really accomplish anything, just existing from day to day.They are never really happy or fulfilled. They often become complacent, apathetic, and depressed. They seem to have no real purpose in life.

Jesus said, “He came to give us life and life more abundantly.” ~John 10:10

My brother recently shared a story with me about a lady in her 70’s who had always wanted to be a lawyer. She had had a successful career as a doctor. In her old age, she went back to college and became a lawyer. What an amazing story!

To be fulfilled in life and to have life more abundantly, We have to purpose in our hearts and minds to yield our lives to the Creator. The Lord has created each of us with a purpose, plan, and destiny of His will for our lives. We have been created to live our lives for His glory and purpose.

It doesn’t matter where we are in life, regardless of our age, abilities, education, or social status. God can work through your life to accomplish great things. He can bring real fulfillment and joy to you.You may say I’ve messed up. My life is a wreck and in ruins. He is able to work miracles for you as you yield your life to Him.

He is able to unscramble eggs, put it back in the shell, and place it back inside the chicken. He is the God of the second and many more chances. We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. ~Romans 8:28

~Ricky Robinson

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For the Hungry Ones

I get so tired of just taking from people all the time. Yes, we have to have food, clothes, and shelter. These things are all gotten through other people. I’m not talking about those things. I’m talking about just everyday things. I want to be able to give back. I’m talking to those who are hungry for more.

Sometimes, I get so frustrated because I am not able to go on a mission trip yet. I know I will someday. Then, I remember I can make an impact on someone’s life in the classroom, in town, or in the grocery store.

There are people all around who need hope. Just a smile and an encouraging word or asking how someone is doing is enough to remind people that life is worth living. We all get discouraged from time to time. That is normal. One thing that helps me is finding ways to help other people.I may not be physically able to go on a mission trip right now because most places are not handicap accessible, but I can give of my time and talents. How much are you giving to others?Are you so focused on yourself and your goals that you have forgotten that people need you right now? Yes, they need you right now.

They are searching for something real in the midst of this materialistic you-centered society. People need to know that not everyone is greedy. They need to know that not everyone is rude. They need to know that there are still people in America who uphold moral values. They need to know that not everyone has abandoned truth for political correctness.

This post is for the hungry ones. The ones who aren’t afraid to question things. The ones who are still pursuing truth when the vision of this nation is more clouded than ever.

There is more to life than what you see. There are wellsprings of life in the desert. If you stop hungering for more, you will become like those around you. You will conform to their thoughts and their speech. But most of all, you will begin to settle. Don’t do that!

You were made for so much more. God has made the Church for more than social gatherings! Many of you might know you need something more, but you don’t know what that is. You are hungry for God! The hungry ones want to fulfill their God-given purpose and destiny.

The only way you can do that is to be a part of a church that encourages growth. You need a church that will challenge your thinking. You need a church that has apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. God wants us fitted together with others while working towards a common purpose. You need a church that will help you develop in your gifts. If you feel like you are dying, your church isn’t feeding you! It’s okay to admit that.

Let the hungry ones unite!

~Madison Sanders

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Where is the Excitement and Love?

How many remember the excitement you felt as a child on Christmas morning? You ran downstairs, that is if you had any, to the living room where your Christmas tree was located. With every step closer to the prize, thoughts of what Santa left you under the tree flooded your mind. Then FINALLY, you were standing in front of the tree! Underneath the tree that was once bare, sat packages wrapped in shiny, festive paper topped with beautiful bows of a variety of sizes and colors. If you were like my house, you had to wait until dad took his position. You know the position. The one where he is the one who hands out each precious package to you so slowly that you could almost burst open yourself! Being a military child, not a brat, you KNEW to NEVER open anything ahead of dad. As you grow up, the excitement doesn’t go away but it does change.

Recently I have walked in such an excitement that what I felt as a child on Christmas morning was diminished greatly. You see we had our second Bible Study in Canon a few months ago. As I was traveling from work to go pick up the key that would open the door to the Canon Community Center I was getting so excited about the Bible Study that I was teary-eyed. I was EXCITED beyond measure. When I went into the city hall to collect the key, it was if I had received the key to the city of Canon along with gold. I treasured that wonderful little key. God was going to do a great things in Canon that night, and I was going to be a part of it! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss an opportunity to be a part of something that God is doing. It is not enough for me to come to church, worship, listen to a sermon of truth, and then go home. Something has changed inside of me and I like it! I was tired of just barely getting through the day to collapse on the couch and go to sleep just to repeat everything the next day. My life has purpose and I realize that each time I go out visiting people to let them know that God loves them. It’s not about me!

If you find yourself not being excited about coming to church to hear what God has to say, I challenge you to do something about it. Go out on a visitation one Saturday, come to Oasis on Friday night, or come to one of the Bible Studies during the week. There are three. One in Canon, Hartwell, and Royston. God wants us to tell the world about Him and His love, but He can’t do it without us! We can’t do it until we get our priorities lined up and get off our bottoms and do something! I guarantee you that it WILL change your life, if you let it. There is just something SPECTACULAR about sharing the love of God with someone.

 

~Ronda Sullivan

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Life In A Box

Life is an adventure. Enjoy the journey. Each day is an amazing opportunity. These are things I say to myself and others. However, I stopped repeating it for a time. Major challenges came into my life. It seemed I couldn’t get over one before another came. I have faith. I am a fighter, I know who I am in Christ. I have been blessed with miracles in the past. But my mind became weak.

The stress overtook me. I began to retreat. I withdrew from everyone. I didn’t  have the strength for day-to-day talks. I put myself in an emotional box. At first it was a welcome escape. I didn’t have to explain anything. Strength wasn’t necessary. I would remain in my hiding place until the problems went away. The more you remove yourself from others, the more normal it becomes.

There is no light inside of a box. Fellow believers won’t know how to pray for you. They don’t have the knowledge of what you are facing. The enemy will begin to tell you that they don’t care. Thoughts that others are more able to do what you are called to do are rehearsed in your mind. I began to think about Joseph. He found himself in a pit.He too was isolated. I am sure he saw himself out of the pit spiritually before he experienced it in the natural. That is what I did, I started thanking God for the victories before they were reality.

Praise to Him. He made me desire to tear down the walls that I had built. My church family and others had never stopped lifting me up in prayer. Joseph had to have others lift him out of the place he found himself in. God places other believers into our lives. You will find that they are eager to help you. I can not promise that there will never be sorrow. I can say that you won’t be left to face it alone. God is always a prayer away. He also has people who are ready to pray with you.  Life truly is an adventure. We can enjoy the journey. Each day is an amazing opportunity. Tear down the walls. Let the light shine into your life.

~Connie Robinson

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The Stale Church

Why has the Church become a place that is closed off to the world? Why do we lack passion? Why are we not bold in our faith?

While out with my mom, I was reminded of the lukewarm church. Jesus said in Revelation 3:15-16, “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit” (The Message).

The Church has become stale. We do just enough for those around us. We don’t care what happens to the lost; we are satisfied we are going to Heaven. We want to pad our pockets so that we can live a comfortable life.

We have gotten so far off track from the Church that Jesus had in mind. He said He’s coming back for a Church without spot or blemish. He said that His sons and daughters would be mature sons who equipped others to carry the vision.

As His sons and daughters, instead of valuing correction and rebuke, we seek out those who will tell us that everything is okay. I am going to say it again and again, “The Body of Christ is NOT okay!”

The Church today is full of people claiming to be working for God when in reality, they are just interested in making a name for themselves. The true Church laborers do it for no pay, no one knows their name, and they don’t preach what is popular.

Preaching isn’t a sacred profession anymore. Sacred means revered. It also means pure. God’s Word is pure. We are supposed to be pure. The church today isn’t pure. Christians have defiled God’s house. The Church today isn’t a refuge for sinners. The brokenhearted can’t come to be healed. We aren’t bold in our faith because we don’t know what we believe. We get a few Holy Ghost goose bumps and a few knee jerks and call that revival.

That’s not revival! That’s not the Church that God wants! He wants people who have a fire shut up in their bones, a word from deep in their spirits that can set people free from sickness, fear, or any other problem.

If you have become stale, repent! Turn away from the foolish things and seek God.

 

~Madison Sanders

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