WE BELIEVE info@gateway61.org

 

Our Beliefs Determine Our Entire Lives

 

 

We believe that Community (relationship) is vital to the Christian life.

Community is not only a means for growth as a follower of Jesus but it is also the very thing we were created for. When in the Garden of Eden man chose to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil our right relationship with God and one another was broken.  The work on the cross was a work of reconciliation.  Jesus created the way for us to be reconciled to the Father and to exist as His chosen people in unity. John 10:10 "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."  We live in a world of broken relationships, husbands and wives, parents and children, and even our relationships with one another has been reduced to 140 characters (twitter & texts).

 

At gateway:61 we want to see real Community restored through Jesus Christ.

 

Christianity is an essential and eternal change in the nature of your being, resulting from God's Spirit entering your soul, and allowed by your surrender to His desire to do so. This is called being "born again".

This transformation on the inside is usually followed by an outgrowth of that change, gradually resulting in new and healthier thoughts and ultimately behaviors.   Because of this, behavioral prescriptions (or expectations) can often work AGAINST this "inside out" transformation process.  You can be born again and do ANYTHING. (1 Cor 6)

The issue is more about our willingness to surrender to an ongoing transformation process of God's Life growing in us than it is appropriately answering the question about knowing what is good and what is evil. Stop trying to define people's essential nature by looking at a present snapshot of one area of their life. We are all in process.

 
 
 
When we approach scripture to strengthen our knowledge of Good and Evil, we use scripture to strengthen the very thing that God’s Word is designed to destroy. (Bob Hamp)

 

God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice to bring life to dead souls, atoning for sin, by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King.

Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides the power for living, the understanding of spiritual truth, guidance, and gives every follower of The Way spiritual gifts.

About the Bible

The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God. People are the supreme object of God's creation.

About Salvation

Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must receive it. Salvation can never come by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness.

About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God or eternally with God.