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Next Steps | Questionable – Do All Religions Say the Same Thing?

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We are a Come As You Are church, which means that people come from all different backgrounds—including different parts of the world and different religious backgrounds. We want to be a place where people are free to explore questions about God who are not coming from a Christian background. And if we are going to Love our Neighbor as ourself, we need to understand how to dialogue with those of different faiths—understanding them is a start, which opens doors for conversation about God. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Questionable – Can You Prove that Jesus is the Son of God?

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In a unique way among world religions, Christianity invites investigation. The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:17 that if Jesus didn’t actually rise from the dead, then we are fully justified in walking away from the faith. But if Jesus did return to life, then this is powerful and persuasive confirmation that he is the Son of God. Not only that, but it means his followers can be assured that they will conquer the grave as well. In other words, the resurrection of Jesus is the linchpin of the Christian faith. It changes everything. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Questionable – Are Science and Faith in Conflict?

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If we can be honest with ourselves, most of us will admit to having doubts concerning our belief in an unseen God who claims to have done crazy, inexplicable things. Many of our science textbooks told us the idea of an invisible Being creating the universe is foolish, and some of us even had teachers who mocked the Christian belief in Creation and Intelligent Design. If we are willing to face the hard questions regarding our existence, can we intelligently and scientifically defend our faith in a Creator of the universe? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Lay it Down

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Jesus died. Jesus rose! Jesus is alive, fulfilling the promises He made during His ministry. And yet we regularly find ourselves overwhelmed by, and buckling under, the weight of the burdens we carry. Does that negate the impact of Jesus’ Easter victory in our life? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Holy Week Reading Plan

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Each day between Palm Sunday and Good Friday, read a passage following Jesus throughout the week. Several passages are listed for each topic, choose to read one or several. As you read, imagine yourself there, make observations, ask yourself what you would expect if you were there, look for what stands out to you, listen to what God wants to say to you through His story.

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Next Steps | Third Party: Father, Son, and Who? – Work of the Spirit John 16

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Do you prefer a friend who always agrees with you or one who is willing to tell you the truth? While some of us may choose to avoid having a hard conversation, we might all admit these discussions may actually bring about a deeper, more intimate relationship. Work through these questions below on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through them.

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Next Steps | Third Party: Father, Son, and Who? – Walking With the Spirit John 15

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Spiritual growth is scandalously simple–stay connected, fruit happens. But this simple thing is what our lizard brain and flesh fight against. And God sent his Spirit to live in us—not so that we will be filled with the Spirit once a week on Sunday or to occasionally experience the Gifts of His Spirit—these are good—but don’t miss what’s central. God gives the Holy Spirit to empower us every moment of every single day! Work through these questions below on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through them.

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Next Steps | Third Party: Father, Son, and Who? – Who is the Spirit John 14

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Have you ever stopped to consider how many things in life are incomplete without some sort of complement? A glass is created to hold a liquid, a light bulb is intended to be a part of a lamp, and you were made to be filled with the Spirit of God. Work through these questions below on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through them.

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Next Steps | #life24seven – Trusting God Means Knowing God

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1. In what ways have you seen God at work in your life?

2. In what ways have you experienced the blessing of being devoted to God?

3. In what ways have you experienced the blessing of being devoted to our church family?

4. In what ways do you sense God wants you to grow in devotion to God or to your community?

5. If you follow Jesus, who was the person who helped you follow Him?

6. Who do you believe God has brought into your life that you can serve, love, and influence towards a relationship with Jesus?

Next Steps | State of the Gate

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It’s easy to equate Gateway with John and Rick and other leaders, but each of us who calls Gateway our home church plays a role in determining the “State of the Gate.” How well do you know your role? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers. Continue Reading →