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What Moms Do Best

MAY 9

WHAT MOMS DO BEST

Moms have a unique role in our world that is not often given the importance or credit it deserves.  Every human being is designed to need and depend on mom – more than any other person. God did this on purpose as we are dependent creatures who need truth and love to become the person God created us to be.

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Ethnically Diverse

MAY 2

ETHNICALLY DIVERSE

Gateway is a diverse community racially/ethnically as well with over 60 nationalities represented – just in our Austin campuses alone! When we include those connected across the United States or globally, it is even more remarkable. God’s heart has always been for all people of various tribes, tongues, races, and ethnicities, and the Church has always had to learn to see each other across cultures. In a divided world, we are uniquely called and equipped to be the unified community the world needs us to be.

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Gifted Community

APRIL 25

GIFTED COMMUNITY

We are all created and gifted by God. These gifts have to be discovered, developed, and put into action to make the world a better place. From those who are still struggling to determine what we want to do “when we grow up” to those who have started profitable businesses or led in influential industries, each of us has something important to contribute towards God’s purposes. We can all be successful in the eyes of God as we are faithful with what we’ve been given. When we take our passions, expertise, and experiences, add in our training and knowledge, and mix it together with our church community, we have the ingredients we need to make our city an even more beautiful place to be. 

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Religiously Diverse Backgrounds

APRIL 18

RELIGIOUSLY DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS                                               

We live in a pluralistic society. Some of us come from a Catholic, Baptist, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, New Age, or irreligious background. Some of us have tried all of those experiences or made up our own. Discover the differences and similarities between these world-views and God’s heart for all who have struggled with religion. God wants us to know His true character rather than think He can be represented in idols or even man-made ideas. Instead, He creates the opportunity for us to experience a genuine relationship with Him.

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Preachers, Meth, and Prostitutes

APRIL 11

PREACHERS, METH, AND PROSTITUTES

God is taking our pasts and using them for His good purposes as a forgiven, “come as you are” community of people. God’s heart is for all people no matter how good or bad they’ve been. He brings us into a new family with a fresh start to grow into His image. This is why we say “No Perfect People Allowed.” No need to pretend to be someone you aren’t. Being honest helps us grow from where we are to where God intends us to be. 

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I Am That I Am

MARCH 28

I AM THAT I AM

Jesus claimed to be God among us and that the truth would set us free. What if we are overwhelmed with all of the differing opinions on spirituality, faith, and religion and cannot discern the truth from the rumors and the lies? Discover how a relationship with God brings clarity, purpose, and genuine freedom to life.  

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I Am The Vine

MARCH 21

I AM THE VINE                                                  

Jesus claimed to enable us to have fruitful lives. What if we struggle to simply survive? Discover how a relationship with God connects us to a power that transforms us into people who thrive and experience the fullness of life.

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I Am The Gate. I Am The Good Shepherd.

MARCH 14

I AM THE GATE. I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD.                                    

Jesus claimed He can protect those who follow Him. What if the news is filled with tragedy, and the world feels unsafe? Discover how a relationship with God helps us connect to the One who can bring us peace and protection in the midst of life’s challenges.

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I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

MARCH 7

I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Jesus claimed to be able to guide us out of the darkness. What if those responsible for guiding us are corrupt, hypocritical, or self-centered? Jesus challenged the religious leaders and embraced those considered as “the sinners”. Discover how a relationship with God allows us to overcome the deception and walk in the way of wisdom.

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I Am the Bread of Life

FEBRUARY 28

I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE

Jesus claimed to be able to meet our greatest needs. What if you find yourself in a pandemic, a winter storm without power or water, in an unjust world, or all of the above all at the same time? Discover how a relationship with God reveals God’s provision regardless of life’s circumstances.

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