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Anxious Habits

JANUARY 13

ANXIOUS HABITS

We have become an increasingly anxious people and developed many habits that can keep us mired in anxiety. But God gives us the groundwork to develop good habits that will help to alleviate those anxieties and bring us peace. Finding God’s peace—one that “transcends all understanding”—requires trust in Him. Do you trust God to remove your anxiety and bring you peace?

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New Year, New You

DECEMBER 30

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

When a new year draws near, many of us associate this time with an opportunity to start anew. But often we fail to first explore and acknowledge the roots of the issues that rob us of the freedom we are seeking. How can we look to our pasts to ensure we create strong foundations for our future?

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Keep Christmas Weird

DECEMBER 23 & 24

KEEP CHRISTMAS WEIRD

One of the best things about the weirdness of Austin is that it gives us permission to not be perfect. This Christmas, forget about your quest to take the perfect family photo, buy the perfect gift, or act like a perfect person. Instead, feel welcomed to come as you are, as we remember the weirdest Christmas in history and learn how an unlikely King promises peace for us all.

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Giving

DECEMBER 9

GIVING

We live in a world that often makes us believe taking is best and giving will leave you coming up short. But God demonstrated to us that His economy is one of abundance, where we never have to worry that we won’t have all that we need and more. But believing that you can give instead of take requires trust. Do you trust in God’s example of giving?

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Willing

Are you willing?

Jesus’ willingness to descend into greatness changed the world. His life was characterized by a willingness to do God’s will above all else.

Search your heart.

Search your own heart in total honesty. How willing are you to do God’s will? Is there any place where you’re unwilling? Why? Be honest and talk to God about it. Is it motivated by fear? Fear of what? What is the upside of full willingness to do God’s will?

Jesus’ birth (as a human child) that first Christmas changed the world because He descended into our world to show us the path to greatness. It’s a counter-intuitive path compared to the world’s path to greatness—it’s the path of surrender to do God’s will fully.

Are you ready to take part in greatness?

Do you believe full willingness to cooperate with God in His Kingdom-building efforts will truly make you great? Why or why not?

The mystery of Christmas is that God inhabited a human body. But that part of Jesus’ story did not end with Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus’ death and resurrection enabled God to inhabit a Body made up of many willing Christ-followers (His Church). The Church is God’s plan to change the world, and its effectiveness is dependent on our willingness.

Are you ready to use your gifts, time, and finances in God’s Church?

Do you think of yourself as an integral part of God’s Body, His Church? How willing are you to fully participate with your gifts, your time, and your finances to make His Church great? Talk this over with God. Does partnering with God motivate you? Why or why not?

As Gateway Church, we are trying to follow Jesus’ example together—growing in Life Groups of 12, serving people in networks of 20-70, and planting campuses, so people far from God can learn and experience Jesus’ Body in a local expression. Jesus willingly went to Gethsemane, willing to pay it forward for you and me, and others have paid it forward for you to experience faith, hope, healing, and growth through the church.

Will you follow others who paid it forward for you?

If you are a part of this body, this church, how willing are you to pay it forward for others, even if there’s no benefit directly to you? Are you willing to consider the 1% challenge to pay it forward and launch 20 new networks and two new campuses to love and serve people?

Talk to God about it and ask God to show you His will for you.

Visit gatewaychurch.com/challenge to learn more about the 1% challenge.

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You’re Invited

NOVEMBER 25

YOU’RE INVITED

Although we may all have a great many individual differences, coming from diverse walks of life and having unique life experiences, there are also commonalities that tie us all together. One of those is a desire for connection and the need to feel known and accepted. God offers these amazing gifts, and He invites us to take advantage of them. How will you respond to His invitation?

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Just the Two of Us

NOVEMBER 18

JUST THE TWO OF US

Encounters with Jesus usually lead to distinct responses, whether positive reactions or negative reactions on our part. But with the knowledge that Jesus is a God that fully sees us and still offers love and grace, even through the difficulties of vulnerability, it is hard to ignore an encounter with Him. How will you respond to God, knowing that He sees you and has compassion for who you are and all you go through?

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On the Road Again

NOVEMBER 11

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

In our highly divided political climate, many of us have heard that we must vote red, or we must go blue, to be Christian. We tend to attack those who do not think like us and support our values, and thus have reduced God to a set of behaviors and policies. In contrast, what does it really mean to not only know God, but to experience Him on a deep, relational level?

Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.

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