Gateway Midweek Service 10-16-19
We are launching a five week midweek service that will be for everyone. This will be an in-depth study of the Scripture’s history, authors, culture, and language, but it will be based off of the questions from members of the church that have been sent in. We want to dive deep into the historical contextual hermeneutic while at the same time offer the chance to practical answer questions where people may be struggling in their faith. #gatewaychurchnj
The Second Great command (Love your neighbor) is often overlooked because we focus on the First (Love God). But Jesus said the second great command "is like" the Frist. It isn't second in importance just sequence. In a society that emphasized the importance of the vertical relationship between God and self, Jesus comes and changes everything but placing the emphasis on the relationships we have horizontally with those around us. Loving people isn't easy. Often times we would prefer to circumvent certain relationships rather than navigate through them. Jesus never said that the world would know we are His disciples by our love (vertically) for Him. He said in John 13 that the world would know we are His disciples by our love (horizontally) for one another.
The Difference by Pastor Shawn White
The Difference - No one really is drawn to "more of the same." We are drawn to stories and testimonies that provoke thought and create wonder. Israel was meant to be a nation that would be set apart from others but over time they rejected what made them different in order to become "more of the same." The problem with that is that you can't be a blessing to all the other nations if you are like all the other nations. What makes Christianity stand apart is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the difference the world is looking for and the church needs to believe once again in our God who able to do far more abundantly then all that we ask or think.
The Best Is Yet To Come
What are you believing or expecting for 2019? Often times we go through life just expecting the worst when we are called to live expecting the best. In this message, Pastor Shawn encourages and challenges the church to have a great expectation for 2019. Let’s believe together that the Best Is Yet to Come!
The Greatest Gift
Who doesn’t like a gift? Christmas time is a wonderful time of the year where people are (hopefully) thinking about others. When we think about gifts that are given, we must remember that the greatest gift the world has ever received was when God gave His only Son, Jesus. Even though Jesus is the greatest gift, sometimes the way He has been presented or wrapped up throws people off. Sometimes Jesus is wrapped up in religion or dogma. Other times He is wrapped up in fear or judgement. In reality, the greatest gift that the world has ever received was completely wrapped in love. For God so love the world He gave. How has Jesus been presented to you and do you recognize Him as the greatest gift one can ever receive?
Four Dimensions Of God
How do you relate to God? Is He off in a galaxy far, far away? Or do you relate to God as Jesus who lived 2,000 years ago? If so, you probably struggle to know him far off or in the past. The Apostle Paul wrote of a mystery, Christ in us and Christ in all things. God is much closer than you think. God is omnipresent and dwells in the hearts of every believer and our job is to learn to tap into the Christ who is all around and within.
Prepare Him Room
When Jesus was born there was no room or vacancy for him anywhere. All the hotels were booked up. Expedia couldn’t even help them. Everyone was meant to live expectant of their coming King but when he was born almost everyone missed it. The politics and fear of that time occupied everyone’s thoughts leaving no room for Jesus. What does it mean to leave room for Jesus in your life? So often occupy our minds and lives with clutter and we end up leaving no space for Jesus. In this message Pastor Shawn teaches on one of the ways we can make space for King Jesus to occupy. Let every heart, prepare Him room!
The Sound of Agreement
Faith has nothing to do with what you see but it has everything to do with what you hear. Romans 10:17 states that faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the words of Christ. In a world where people are hungry for the right words, what type of words do you consume and agree with. What you agree with in life is what you give authority to.
Dr Jay - December 9, 2018
If there was ever a moment for the church to anticipate God moving like He never has before, it is now!
A New Position
If we are ever going to go the distance in the race that we are called to run then we will need to learn to rest. Rest is a position faith because faith rests in the faithfulness of God. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus despised the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Shame is that feeling we have that says we aren’t enough of something so we find ourselves motivated in life by constantly trying to measure up because we try and perfect everything. Shame keeps us from rest and offers our lives on the altar of perfection. Growth and hard work and learning to overcome are important but if you are motivated by shame you are eventually going to burn yourself out. If we are ever going to go the distance we need to learn to rest in the goodness of God. This is our position of faith.
Despising The Shame
Shame is an enemy to the race that we are called to run. Its an epidemic in our society that destroys lives and keeps us from reaching our potential. This message shares about the reality of shame and its effects on our lives and offers practical ways to overcome.
THE DOCTRINE OF SOUND - PART II
Part Two of the series, "The Doctrine of Sound."
Set A Joy Before You
It’s important that we have a vision for our lives but more importantly we need to have a vision that produces joy. Hebrews 12:1-2 mentions that the joy set before Jesus enabled Him to endure the cross. The joy of Christ’s vision enabled Him to endures the brutality of the cross. What kind of vision do you have for your life? If your current vision isn’t one that produces joy then you need a better vision.
What Is Sound Doctrine?
Sound Doctrine' appears four times in the New Testament and is translated, "Healthy Teaching." The context of this phrase is found in having love for others. Sound doctrine is not academic. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up (1 Corinthians 8:1). If you want to have sound doctrine, it is always found in the way you love others."
Getting A Profit
According to the writer of Hebrews you have a race to run, but this is no typical race. The only person you are actually racing against is the worst version of yourself. Its a race for identity with the aim of maturity. In this race that we have to run what is it that will benefit us the most so that we can go the distance? What experiences, involvements and commitments taking place in your life will cause you to benefit from or gain a profit. These are important questions to consider. You have a race to run and we need to keep looking to Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith.