Is Your God Big Enough to Change You?

We’re in week five of our sermon series, “Is Your God Big Enough?” This weekend, we’ll look at the question: Is your God big enough to change you?

Have you ever tried to change a habit in your life?

It could be breaking a bad habit or starting a good one. I probably don’t have to tell you that change tends to be an extremely challenging venture.

I don’t know what you’ve been trying to change in your life, but you might be able to relate to one of these questions:

  • Why can’t I just start eating healthy?
  • Why can’t I keep a consistent exercise regimen?
  • Why do I continually have to put my foot in my mouth?
  • Why does it seem like I’m always bitter or angry?

You may be wondering, Why can’t I change?

Well, you can. Actually, God can change you, as you work together with Him. That’s sanctification. Sanctification is the church word for God and you working together to change you to become more like Christ. You need to know that God can change you, and if you trust Him as ‘big enough’ to do so, He will.

This weekend at Gateway, we’ll look at 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 to discover how God can change you. Ultimately, we’ll see that God changes us from our old ways to a new way. If we are in Christ, He makes us into a new creation.

Join us for worship at Gateway this weekend!

 

Worship Service Locations & Times

North Main Campus - Saturday, July 21 at 6:00 pm.; Sunday, July 22 at  9:15 & 11:00 am
CR9 Campus - Sunday, July 22 at 9:00 & 10:45 am

 

Songs for the Weekend

What songs do you find yourself humming throughout the day? Do the tunes bring hope or discouragement to your day? Music is catchy. Music is impactful. Music can help guide our emotions. Music can make me want to curl up in a ball and cry or make me want to jump up and dance.  Music has a great impact on us.  So, what better way to fill our minds with truth than music?  Check out these songs for the weekend at Gateway and find yourself humming along to encouraging and truthful melodies this week.

N Main

Rejoice - The Modern Post
Death Was Arrested - North Point
Hallelujah What A Savior (Your Love Has Rescued Me) - Austin Stone
God is Able - Hillsong

CR9

This is Amazing Grace - Phil Wickham
You Brought Me Back to Life - Citizens & Saints
Before the Throne of God - Sovereign Grace
O Come to the Altar - Elevation Worship
In Christ Alone - Stuart Townend

Check out all of the songs we sing at Gateway on our Spotify Worship List

Welcome Ryan Rebold!

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We are excited to introduce our new full time Assistant Go Director, Ryan Rebold. Ryan is coming to us from the Knoxville area where he and his wife, Shannan, their oldest son Jackson (12), their son Parker (9), and their daughter Sutton (5) have lived for 14 years. He has an extensive evangelism background, is a published author of the book “Nothing But Faith In My Pocket”, founded an evangelism ministry Judean Missions eight years ago, as well as served as Lead Pastor for a missional community for 3 years. Ryan also has over 15 years of experience working for Christian nonprofits that focus on the public-school systems. The Rebolds enjoy being involved with their kids’ lives, new adventures and movies.

As our Assistant Go Director, Ryan will primarily be responsible for casting vision and training for individual evangelism throughout the church body, spearheading our local outreach efforts, and planning regional and national outreach opportunities.

We are excited to have Ryan join our staff as he has a strong desire to see lives changed in both growing in their faith and others coming to faith in Jesus.  Please help us welcome Ryan and the Rebold family to Findlay and to our Gateway family.

 

Is Your God Big Enough to Hear Your Prayers?

What would you ask God for if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is all-powerful and that His love for you is amazing?


John Newton, writer of “Amazing Grace” answers the questions in one of his other hymns,

“Thou art coming to a King
Large petitions with thee bring
For His grace and power are such
None can ever ask too much.”

A big God can answer the biggest and boldest prayers, even beyond our expectations. And He wants His people to know that no one can ever ask too much. Many passages of Scripture encourage praying large petitions.


James 16-18 (ESV)
…The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man
with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three
years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven
gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.


Matthew 7:7-8 (ESV)
7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to
you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.


Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV)
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,
according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ
Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen


Romans 8:32 (ESV)
32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?


1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (ESV)
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez,
saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” [a] 10 Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm [b] so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.

So – if your view of God is the Bible picture of an all-powerful and loving King, then pray big and bold, believing that God will be glorified in His answer and that His answer will be more abundant than we ask or think.

Songs for the Weekend

As you mow the lawn, spend time at the pool, drive to work or do chores around the house, fill your mind and heart with praise and truth as you listen to the songs for the weekend at Gateway.

N Main

There Is A Fountain - Citizens & Saints
O Praise The Name - Hillsong
Oh God - Citizens & Saints
God Of This City - Chris Tomlin
 

CR9

Who Is Like Our God - Vineyard Worship
Greatly To Be Praised - Citizens & Saints
Rising Sun - All Sons & Daughters
Ever Be - Bethel Music
What A Friend We Have In Jesus - Matt Maher

Check out all of the songs we sing at Gateway on our Spotify Worship List

What's a Liturgy and What Does It Have To Do With Me?

If you spend time at any of our worship leader meetings or planning meetings, you’ll likely hear the term “liturgy” tossed around during our conversations. It’s a pretty important part of what we do at our services, because it is what we do during our services.

The word itself is the combination of two Greek terms, but the most common translation used is “work of the people.” You didn’t ask for any of that, but it’s free, so take it for what it is, because it’s important. It’s important because, essentially, when we gather together as a congregation on the weekends, we have work to do. A liturgy should walk us through the story of the Gospel and allow to sing, celebrate, and be shaped by the Gospel.

Over the years, it seems like the word liturgy has gathered some dust as it’s been replaced with names like order of worship and the like. Regardless of what it’s called, every church has a liturgy of some sort. Every church has some list of elements that they’ve chosen to include in their services. Gateway is no different. The church staff and worship leaders take time to plan, plot, and discern what content to include in our liturgy. Part of that content is wrapped in important spiritual disciplines like prayer, singing, teaching, etc. One important thing to note here is that the church liturgy can help us develop personal liturgies for our daily lives, utilizing the same spiritual disciplines. Prayer, singing, studying Scripture, giving, and serving others, to name a few, are all important spiritual disciplines for a Christian.

Let’s put the rubber to the road by looking at the prayer we generally offer following the first set of music. We refer to this as our Prayer of Confession and Assurance. If you ever pay attention to that prayer, there is typically two elements at play. First, we acknowledge our sins, naming them specifically, and second, we then acknowledge the assurance of pardon we have because of the person and work of Jesus Christ. It’s powerful and important to acknowledge and name our sins, but it’s also equally important to recognize that our sins hold no power over us, because Jesus has conquered sin and death. He has claimed us as His own and sealed us for eternity by His work and God’s grace towards us. This particular prayer isn’t a spiritual discipline that we should limit only to our church gatherings, but a prayer and discipline we should incorporate into our daily prayers when we are scattered, as well.

Another obvious example of the church liturgy helping shape our own daily liturgies is that of worshiping God through song. This one is a pretty important part of our liturgy, and it’s an easy one. You have full license to go cue up the Gateway worship playlist on Spotify (yes, that’s a real thing) and sing as loud as you want while you’re driving to work, mowing the yard, or cleaning up those dishes.

Hopefully this helps provide at least a little insight into how our weekend services are shaped and how those services can shape us. There are rhythms to the Gospel and our church liturgy helps us find those rhythms, so that we grow in our admiration for Jesus and grow closer in our walk with Him on a daily basis.

 

Is Your God Big Enough to Forgive?

We’re right in the middle of our sermon series, “Is Your God Big Enough?” This weekend, we’ll answer the question: Is your God big enough to forgive you?

Forgiveness is tough. It’s really tough to forgive other people, but sometimes, it’s even tougher to receive forgiveness yourself. It’s hard because it requires that we humble ourselves to a posture of honesty, acknowledgement, and confession. We’ve got to ‘own’ our sin, but most of us just don’t like to do that, because it doesn’t feel good.

Some people refer to this idea of receiving forgiveness as ‘forgiving yourself.’ People will say things like: “I know she forgives me now...but, I’ve just got to forgive myself.” Or, “You might forgive me, but I could never imagine being able to forgive myself.”

The truth is: You can’t forgive yourself. It’s impossible to forgive yourself because forgiveness takes place in a relationship with someone else. However, you can decide to accept or not accept forgiveness that’s been offered to you.

All of us--myself included--have encountered times when we’ve sinned against someone else and chosen not to receive forgiveness. Instead, we may have shifted the blame to someone else, rationalized our sins, played the ‘victim card,’ or ignored the fact that we wronged anyone in the first place.

Why don’t we simply ‘own’ our sin and receive forgiveness?

It’s likely we have a small view of God, and we don’t view Him as ‘big enough’ to actually forgive us.

Join us this weekend at Gateway, as we look at Colossians 2:6-15 to answer the question: Is your God big enough to forgive you?

Worship Service Locations & Times:
North Main Campus - Saturday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, July 8 at  9:15 & 11:00 a.m.
CR9 Campus - Sunday, July 8 at 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

 

Songs for the Weekend

Spend some time meditating on how BIG our God is this week by listening to the songs for the weekend!

CR9

Made Alive - Citizens & Saints
How Great You Are - Sovereign Grace
How Deep the Father's Love - Sovereign Grace
His Mercy Is More - Matt Boswell & Matt Papa
Broken Vessels - Hillsong

N Main

This Is Amazing Grace - Phil Wickham
Lord I Need You - Matt Maher
What A Beautiful Name - Hillsong
Great Are You Lord - All Sons & Daughters

 

Check out all of the songs we sing at Gateway on our Spotify Worship List

Be Still...

Hanging out with the Kindergarteners this week at VBS, I was reminded of the one Scripture that was partially spoken into my life every day, “Be still, Eddie.” As I remember how much of a handful I was, I smile, because I don’t know about you, but I still hear as an adult, “Eddie, be still and know I am God.” Today, I’m just distracted by different things like bills, work, and family. I'm sure that when the writer penned the words of Psalms 46:10 it was during a time of eminent worry and stress. God is funny like that. His Word always brings us back to center, even if it is just for a moment.

Some of us need to simply stop and be still. I understand life is crazy right now, but those things will always be there. The stuff in our heads that keep us awake at night will never go away, sorry. We are like a car battery, fully charged we can go, go, go. But life can zap us of our energy, love, and hope. If we don’t stop to recharge, we become weary and not very productive. Just like a car without a fully charged power source, it’s not moving. We need to make sure that we are going to the ultimate source of power in the world - God the Father. Listen for His voice, stop trying to run with your battery warning light flashing, plug in and recharge.

Songs for the Weekend

Check out the songs for this weekend at Gateway and take a few moments to just sit and praise our Savior this week.

CR9

Come People of the Risen King - Sovereign Grace
Only King Forever - Elevation Worship
Jesus, Thank You - Sovereign Grace
Come As You Are - David Crowder
O This God - Matt Redman

N Main

I'm Going Free - Vertical Worship
Heaven and Earth - Hillsong
Jesus, Thank You - Sovereign Grace
King of My Heart - John Mark McMillan

 

Check out all of the songs we sing at Gateway on our Spotify Worship List

Youth Mission Team in the DR

This last week, Gateway sent 30 of our youth and adults on a trip to the Dominican Republic with Mission Possible. While in the DR, the team lead a sports camp in the community, where they were able to use the platform of playing sports to share the Gospel with area kids. During the camp, they had the opportunity to build relationships, teach the Bible through skits, and share their testimonies. Our team also had the opportunity to go out in small groups to talk with people in the community and pray with families, and in the evenings they participated in worship and Bible study time together as a group. We’ve had the opportunity to hear from several of the students already about their experience on this trip and the impact it had on them...

Hello all back home, this is Conner Johannigman - While the time I’ve spent here has mostly been hot, sweaty, and tiring, what I’ve witnessed so far has more than made up for it. Yesterday was our first day of actual activities and I got to walk around and pray for families in the community. Getting to see and hear about the lives of these families was an eye-opening experience and I am glad that I got to be a part of a group that helped make their lives better in the long run. Today I helped by playing basketball with the children at camp and I really enjoyed it!

Katie Corbin and Chloe Jones here. - After breakfast, we went on a prayer walk with the church located at the school. For all of us it was really eye-opening. We were able to see the living conditions of the people in Barahona personally which adds depth to the ministry we are doing. I (KC) am super excited to be translating for Lindsay Norman and teaching the kids Amazing Grace with my Kidway motions (Muchas Gracias Aunt Amberly!) At 6:00 PM we had a church service at the Creole church. The service started with music and singing from different people in the church. Many different styles and very enjoyable to dance and listen to...Please continue to pray for us as we meet the kids and interact with them tomorrow!

Buenas tardes amigos!! This is Chloe Miller! This week has been so fun! Unfortunately, I feel like it is going too fast! It’s good to be back here. I love seeing familiar faces, views, and just experiencing the environment of a different country. On each day of camp, I have been one of the translators. Monday I did volleyball, and today I did basketball. I love it! I never knew that I could do something like this! It is such an awesome experience. I can talk to the kids in regular conversations and joke around with them.

Hola! This is Katie Veenstra! These kids have taught me so much already about how to be more grateful for what I have and how to truly spread the love of God with others! I am so excited to see what the rest of this week has in store!

Thank you, Gateway, for your generosity in sending out this mission team of teens! Please continue to pray for this group and our other youth team that will be traveling later this summer. Please pray that a fire will be ignited in the hearts of our young people to see the Gospel of Jesus spread not only throughout their schools and the Findlay area, but even to the ends of the earth!

 

Is Your God Big Enough?

Thoughts from Pastor Ben:

What we think about God is the most important thing about us.

"Decades ago, American pastor A. W. Tozer wrote about the importance of our personal 'vision' of God:

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. …No religion has ever been greater than its idea of God.  ...We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.

Tozer added,

The most [determining] fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.

What we think about God determines everything else in our lives:  what we value, what we pursue, and how we pursue it. Our vision of God also determines whether our beliefs will make it through the inevitable storms of doubt, temptation, and suffering that life brings.  The real God is not a god who simply completes us and makes us feel sentimental during worship; he is a God who humbles us and transforms us from the inside out. When you really see him, you’ll either love him or hate him.  The one thing you will not be is bored."

The above words are found in a new book by J. D. Greear titled Not God Enough, a look at why a small God leads to big problems.  It’s the book that inspired our new sermon series “Is Your God Big Enough?” And that’s a great question to ask yourself, “Is my God big enough?”

I am convinced that the shape of our lives is the consequence of the size of our God.  If your God is too small, a diminutive god in a world of big problems, your life will be limited in its joy and power and adventure.  But how can a person grow a big God perspective? The simple, short answer is saturating yourself in Scripture.

¹ I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.  ² Everyday I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. ³Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. 4One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.  5On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.  6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. 7They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. 8The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  9The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.  (Psalm 145:1-9)

 

Thoughts from Pastor Mike:

When I was growing up, church is what I did on Sundays. Every Sunday I’d go to the same church building, see the same people, sing the same songs, and pray the same liturgical prayers. And sometimes, I’d actually listen to the sermon, too!

Then, something happened. The gospel came alive to me. God captured my heart and revealed to me a new life in Christ. I began to see Jesus as the one and only source of hope in my life.

But still, even now, there are days when I open up my Bible and just don’t feel like doing it. Sometimes I’ll start to pray and wonder, “Does God really hear me? Will God answer me?” Occasionally I’ll ask God: “Why aren’t you doing more to heal the sick or help people with their addictions? Why aren’t you doing more to change my heart?”

The fact is, I lack faith.

Although, if we’re all honest, I think we could all say “we lack faith.” We all, at times, have passionless hearts and fail to surrender our lives to God.

I’ve come to realize that it’s in those times that we’ve actually traded the true God of the Bible for a much smaller version. I’ve realized that sometimes we just don’t view God as big enough.


This weekend, Gateway is kicking off a brand new sermon series called, “Is Your God Big Enough?”

Throughout the series, we’ll ask several questions, such as: Is God big enough to worship? To forgive? Is He big enough to actually hear our prayers? Can He really change us for the better?

We’re all searching for faith in something, or someone. So, let’s look at what the Bible has to say about God. If we start seeing God for who He really is, we might just discover that we’ve got a ‘too small’ view of God. As we do, I think you might be pleasantly surprised at how big God actually is.

You’re invited to Gateway from June 23 through July 22 to find out: “Is Your God Big Enough?

 

Worship Service Locations & Times
North Main Campus - Saturdays, 6:00 p.m.; Sundays, 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.
CR9 Campus - Sundays, 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

 

 

Songs for the Weekend

As you spend time worshipping God in song this week, listen to these songs at your campus this weekend.

N Main

Only King Forever - Elevation Worship
Cornerstone - Hillsong
Resurrection Power - Chris Tomlin
Great I Am - Hillsong

CR9

The Victory - All Sons & Daughters
Open Up the Heavens - Vertical Worship
The Greatness of Our God - Hillsong
Overwhelmed - Big Daddy Weave
Great Are You, Lord - All Sons & Daughters

Check out all of the songs we sing at Gateway on our Spotify Worship List

Gateway is Going...To Bernard park

This spring, a few Gateway members who attend our N Main campus had an idea for an informal outreach opportunity to do over the summer. Their idea was pretty simple, really - every Wednesday evening at 6, any families who choose to participate show up at Bernard Park (1105 Bernard Ave, Findlay) to play together, have a snack, and be intentional about forming relationships with the kids and families in that neighborhood. Two of the people spearheading the idea, Angi Goeller and Lisa Hoy, are both teachers at Jacobs Primary school and had an opportunity to spread the word about the gatherings amongst their students before school was out for the summer. Unfortunately, their first Wednesday was rained out, but the past two weeks, they have seen a good number of students, Jacobs staff and Gateway families gathering together for fellowship and fun.

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Last Wednesday, a few of Lisa’s former students were at the park and asked if they could come to church with her over the weekend. Lisa and her husband, Nate, brought 3 of the kids to church Saturday night where they participated in our Kidway program, enjoying stories, songs and a silly paper bag puppet video. The kids enjoyed it so much, they asked to come back on Sunday and jumped right in helping Lisa and Nate on the parking lot team! In Lisa’s words, “I know this family fairly well, and these are great kids that are born leaders. I feel blessed to be able to help them see a positive way to use these leadership skills while being embraced by a loving church that can show them the true love of Christ...so they can build a solid foundation of faith that they can rely on when undesirable aspects of life come their way.”

Wow! As we are wrapping up our “Ordinary” sermon series this weekend, isn’t it exciting to see how God is using a few “ordinary” believers with an “ordinary” idea to impact the culture around them? How about you? An evening playing at Bernard Park may not really be your thing and that’s okay, but what is your thing? Where are you already going or what are you already doing that you need to start viewing through the lens of intentional “going?” As Pastor Josh challenged us last week:

Don’t go to the grocery store to buy groceries. Go to the grocery store to be a witness of the resurrection of Christ and while you’re being a witness, buy some groceries. Take your kids to the soccer game to be witnesses first, and while you — and your kids — are being witnesses, enjoy playing soccer. Go to school to be a witness for Christ and while you’re there, learn. Go on vacation to be a witness for Christ and while you’re there enjoy God’s blessing of a vacation. Go about life — doing ordinary things — but go as a witness for Christ — looking for ordinary opportunities to point others to Jesus — for that’s what we’re called to be — we’re called to be His witnesses. (June 9-10, 2018)

Would you join us in praying not only for the Bernard Park outreaches as they continue throughout the summer, but also for one another - that God would ignite a passion in each of us to see our ordinary lives as outlets for engaging with the community around us with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?