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Gateway Church gathers
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at 10:30 a.m.

Location: 6425 Jefferson Rd.
(Hwy. 129) in Athens, Georgia.

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Lay Speaker Joseph Slife

Are We There Yet?
August 20, 2006
"Are we there yet?" is a question we ask all through life. We get tired of being "here." We want to be "there" -- the place where all our problems are solved and everything is so much better.

Pro-Choice? Pro-Life?
January 22, 2006 • Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
Scripture, church tradition, reason, and experience can help us become people of conviction, as well as people of grace, on the issue of abortion.

The Rev. Rick Bonfim

Worship: Avenue to Receiving from God
March 19, 2006
Through worship, we position ourselves to be receive what God desires to pour into our lives.

Dr. John Simmons
(Dist. Superintendent)

Overcoming the Snakes
March 26, 2006 • Celebrating Our Future Sunday
The world is filled with venomous 'snakes,' but they hold no ultimate power over those who lift high the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Benji Clark Mallory

Tell Them the Kingdom is Here
April 30, 2006
The power of the Kingdom of God is in you. Will you believe that -- and act on it?

Fulfilled
December 31, 2006
All of us want to be part of something meaningful and permanent. We can be -- by responding to God's gift of Jesus Christ. (Last in the series, "The Life of Mary.")

Unfamilar
December 24, 2006
Why does serving God turn out to be so hard so much of the time? (Third in the series, "The Life of Mary.")

The Glory of Christmas
December 17, 2006
God has reached out to us. Let us fall on our knees and humble ourselves before Him.

Unscripted
December 10, 2006
How do we respond to situations in which God, by His plan and initiative, has thrown everything in our lives into turmoil? (Second in the series, "The Life of Mary.")

Unexpected
December 3, 2006
How do you respond when the Lord surprises you with the unexpected? (First in the series, "The Life of Mary.")

Holy, Holey, Wholly
November 26, 2006
Just what does God mean when He says we "must be holy"? (Last in the series, "Holiness Unto the Lord.")

The Traditions of Men
November 19, 2006 (Thanksgiving Sunday)
We must we celebrate Thanksgiving, not merely as a tradition of men, but as a means of positioning ourselves to receive deliverance from Almighty God.

Holiness: Roots or Fruits?
November 12, 2006
There is a "personal" holiness that can also make a difference in the world in the world around us. (Second in the series, "Holiness Unto the Lord.")

Soap, Fire, and Holiness
October 29, 2006
Everybody has troubles. But if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you can be assured that the difficulties you're facing are not useless or meaningless. (First in the series, "Holiness Unto the Lord.")

Knowing the Facts, Knowing the Truth
October 22, 2006
Do you know Jesus for who He is? Not just a prophet, not just a miracle worker -- but the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

Being a Lighthouse: Witnessing God's Way, pt. 5
October 15, 2006
What is the connection between "meeting needs" and "proclaiming the gospel"?

Being a Lighthouse: Witnessing God's Way, pt. 4
October 8, 2006
The incredible claim of Jesus is that He can reproduce His life in anyone who will submit to Him.

Being a Lighthouse: Witnessing God's Way, pt. 3
October 1, 2006
How can we get people to listen to us when we talk to them about their greatest need -- the need to turn to Jesus Christ?

Being a Lighthouse: Witnessing God's Way, pt. 2
September 24, 2006
If we're going to effectively witness to pre-believers, we must hang out with them.

Being a Lighthouse: Witnessing God's Way, pt. 1
September 17, 2006
The biblical pattern for witnessing is found in Luke 10. It has four elements.

Doing Church God's Way
September 3, 2006
Jesus said we are to "go and make disciples." How do we do that?

The Power to Connect
August 27, 2006
How do we connect the world around us to God's transforming truth and power?

The Lord's One-Two Punch
August 13, 2006
To experience fullness of salvation in Jesus Christ, there are two required actions.

Seeing is Believing
August 6, 2006
The eyes we receive at birth are not really enough to see the most important things in life.

Uprooted and Replanted
July 30, 2006
The gospel offers us a totally new way of life.

Is Jesus Really the Only Way?
July 23, 2006
Are there multiple roads to reaching God?

Ignoring Jesus
July 9, 2006
The Bible tells us Jesus was rejected in His own hometown. This should be a warning to us.

Shock and Awe: Jesus' Dominance Over Sin, Sickness, and the Powers of Hell
July 2, 2006
In Jesus Christ, God launched an offensive against the enemy -- and began gathering an army to join Him in destroying the devil's dominion over the earth.

Shock and Awe: Jesus' Dominance Over Sin, Sickness, and the Powers of Hell
July 2, 2006
In Jesus Christ, God launched an offensive against the enemy -- and began gathering an army to join Him in destroying the devil's dominion over the earth.

Storm Surge: Weathering the Storms of Life
June 25, 2006
When facing a storm, we must remember that Jesus, the Lord of all creation, is in the boat with us.

Miracle Grow: How the Kingdom Comes
June 18, 2006
We must receive what God offers -- but it is the miraculous power of God that causes the seed of the Word to grow in us.

Pentecost: A Renewable Resource
June 11, 2006
Being "filled with the Spirit" isn't a one-time experience. It is a continuing experience of God's grace, given to equip us for the work He has for us.

A 'Mission' Mindset
June 4, 2006 (Pentecost Sunday)
When we are fully participating in Pentecost we start acting like what we are: people sent on a mission.

Jesus' Last Words
May 28, 2006 (Ascension Sunday)
What Jesus said to His disciples just before returning to heaven wasn't just for them. His words were meant for us, too.

Rejoice Always! Rejoice!
May 21, 2006
Rejoicing in the Lord is the pathway that leads to the abundant life Jesus came to give us. (Last in the series, "Overcoming the Enemies of Joy.")

Overcoming Negative Thinking
May 14, 2006
If we are controlled by negative thinking, we will find a reason not to obey God's call. (Sixth in the series, "Overcoming the Enemies of Joy.")

Overcoming Anger
May 7, 2006
Anger isn't necessarily sinful in itself, but it can become sinful -- and highly destructive. (Fifth in the series, "Overcoming the Enemies of Joy.")

A Living Hope
Apr. 23, 2006
We are now in the process of receiving God's salvation!

Understanding Easter
Apr. 16, 2006 (Easter Sunday)
Sin is a lethal disease that results in eternal separation from God. If we don't understand the seriousness of the sickness, we won't appreciate the cure.

What Draws Us to the Empty Tomb?
Apr. 16, 2006 (Easter SonRise Service)
What are we seeking when we gather early in the morning at the empty tomb of Jesus?

Hallelujah, Lord, For All You've Done
Apr. 9, 2006 (Palm/Passion Sunday)
As we enter this Holy Week, let's reflect on the amazing thing God has done through Jesus Christ.

The Power of the Cross
Apr. 2, 2006
In the Cross of Christ, there is a mysterious power, a power than can transform human life.

Overcoming Our Fear
Mar. 12, 2006
Christianity is the negation of fear. (Fourth in the series, "Overcoming the Enemies of Joy.")

Overcoming Self-Centeredness
Mar. 5, 2006
To experience God's joy, we must die to self, daily, and live for Christ. (Third in the series, "Overcoming the Enemies of Joy.")

The Devil's Demise
Feb. 26, 2006 (Celebrating Our Past Sunday)
Evil must be destroyed for God's Kingdom to come in all its fullness.

Overcoming Unbelief
Feb. 19, 2006
Most of us know nothing about what used to be called "praying through" -- i.e, not giving up in prayer until we get an answer from God. (Second in the series, "Overcoming the Enemies of Joy.")

The Promise of Joy
Feb. 12, 2006
God's intention and provision is for us to be people of supernatural joy. (First in the series, "Overcoming the Enemies of Joy.")

Believing and Belonging
Feb. 5, 2006
What does it mean to be "the church"?

The Authority of Believers
Jan. 29, 2006
The power of Jesus resides in us through faith -- and therefore we can do all things through Christ.

The Biblical Pattern of Church Growth
Jan. 15, 2006
An encounter with Jesus is what changes people's lives.

Remember Your Baptism
Jan. 8, 2006
In baptism, we hear God's voice -- and we receive the grace to follow His will.

God is Faithful
Jan. 1, 2006 (Covenant Renewal Sunday)
We don't know what the new year will bring. But one thing we do know: God is with us.



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