I Am The Good Shepherd - John 10:11

When will you have baby baptism again?

Our next scheduled infant dedication is sometime in May. Parents who are interested in infant baptism need to contact one of our teaching pastors – Josh Hanson or Ben Borsay.

Ben just spoke about election. Does Gateway support this concept? Is Gateway saying that GOD only selected some people to go to heaven and all others to go to hell?

The answer begins in eternity past in God’s determination to save a people for Himself. The doctrine of election, then, is an act of God, before creation, in which He chooses some people to be saved, not on account of any foreseen merit in them, but only because of His sovereign good pleasure. This truth is found throughout Scripture – one key passage is Ephesians 1:3-14. It’s a truth we embrace. But what about those who are not ‘chosen’? The answer requires a fuller discussion of God’s electing grace than a few sentences can provide. So, we recommend reading Chapter 32 from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. This is a primary text for our Joshua’s Men – so many copies are floating around our church. Or you can always call the church office (419-423-5947) and ask for Pastor Ben who can get a copy in your hands. In one sentence, however, we can trust God to be fair, just and faithful in all He does.

So what if God did not choose someone that we are trying to bring to Jesus?

We are called to witness for the gospel of Jesus Christ and then trust God for the results. The doctrine of election is actually a source of encouragement because we know that God is using us to reach people in a way that brings glory to Himself because God saves people not you or me. God invites us to go fishing because He knows that the fish are plentiful and hungry.