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Next Steps | You are Here. Say Yes.

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Let’s be honest. We’re at the dance, but not everyone is dancing. When it comes to your church experience, are you in the center of what’s happening here, or are you clinging to a wall? Are you settling for something far less than what your Gateway experience is supposed to be? You are here. Do something. 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 | You Are Here. Now Do Something.

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You’re never greater, you’re never more important, than when you serve others. You’re never more like God than when you bend a knee to serve. Ask yourself, “Am I here to be served? Or am I here to serve others?” 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 | Moments

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Many times in the Bible, we see our relationship with God compared to that of a parent and his or her child. This analogy can bring up a slew of emotions, some good and others more painful, depending on our experience. Whether we identify with God as a parent, or relate with God as His child, we can learn so much about who God is, who we are, and how He sees us.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 Faith Have Doubts?

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Is doubt the opposite of faith? If we have doubts or questions does that mean we’re not a good Christian? Some people seem to have such certainty about their relationship with God, but how can you ever really know what’s true about God and Jesus? 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 – 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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