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Gateway Church gathers
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worship Sundays
at 10:30 a.m.

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

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Is Jesus the Only Way?
November 11, 2001
To claim that Jesus is the only way to God seems to be an arrogant statement. What does the Bible say?

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2001-2002 Sermons by Lay Leader Joseph Slife

Who Loves the Church?
December 2, 2001
Jesus put His love for the Church into action. We must do likewise.

Helping People Experience God
March 17, 2002
Our mission as a church can be expressed in four simple words: "Helping People Experience God." But to carry out that mission, we must be imitators of God.

God and Your Stuff
August 11, 2002
How we manage what God owns has an impact on the health and vitality of our spiritual lives. This is why what we do with our money is a spiritual issue.


A Jealous God
December 16, 2001
The Bible says one God's characteristics is that He is "jealous." Seems strange, doesn't it? (First in the series "Knowing God.")

A God of Love (Love Came Down at Christmas)
December 30, 2001
God's love is holy and redemptive. It is unconditional. It is unrelenting. (Second in the series "Knowing God.")

A God of Covenant
January 6, 2002
God chose covenant as the means of revealing Himself to humanity because it is the highest form of human relationship. (Third in the series "Knowing God.")

A Holy God
January 13, 2002
What does the Bible mean when it declares that "God is holy?" And what difference does His holiness make in our lives? (Fourth in the series "Knowing God.")

A God of Judgment
January 20, 2002
The final judgment of God can be a frightening thing of dread, but because of what Christ has done, it doesn't have to be. (Fifth in the series "Knowing God.")

The Living God
January 27, 2002
The God we worship and serve is personal and relational -- and He acts on behalf of His people and His kingdom. (Sixth in the series "Knowing God.")

El Shaddai, God Almighty
February 3, 2002
The God of the Bible has limitless power, and that power lives in us who follow Christ. (Seventh in the series "Knowing God.")

The Only Wise God
February 10, 2002
To make life work we must have God's wisdom, and His wisdom is vastly different than the wisdom of the world. (Eighth in the series "Knowing God.")

The God Who Fills Heaven and Earth
February 17, 2002
The God who transcends both time and space has chosen to accomplish much His work through limited human beings. That's why He has given His Holy Spirit to the Church. (Ninth in the series "Knowing God.")

The Faithful God
March 3, 2002
God is a promise keeper. He fulfills the requirements of every relationship He has established with human beings. (Tenth in the series "Knowing God.")

A Merciful, Compassionate God
March 10, 2002
God may not always seem compassionate and merciful, but He is. And He calls us to be compassionate and merciful, too. (Eleventh in the series "Knowing God.")

Being a Witness
March 24, 2002
God has called us to know Him -- and to make Him known. (Twelfth in the series "Knowing God.")

The Rolling Stones
March 31, 2002 (Easter Sunday)
At Easter, Christ not only defeated our archenemy death, He defeated every other thing that tries to undermine the abundant life He has for us.

Because He First Loved Us
April 7, 2002
We must believe and receive God's love for us before we can love love Him, love ourselves, and love others. (First in the series, "Opening Ourselves to God.")

Conduits of God's Love
April 14, 2002
If we want more of God's love, grace, and power, we must give away what we have. (Second in the series, "Opening Ourselves to God.")

God Takes the Initiative
April 21, 2002
God's grace calls us to faith in Christ, and to the tasks God has prepared for us in the Kingdom. But if we're not on the alert and looking for His grace, we'll God at work in our midst. (Third in the series, "Opening Ourselves to God.")

Trusting Grace and Grace Alone
April 28, 2002
The only way to be "saved" is by the grace of God in Jesus Christ. You cannot earn it. Until you understand, believe, and accept this, you will never have a solid, unshakable assurance of our salvation. (Fourth in the series, "Opening Ourselves to God.")

God's Grace and Our Holiness
May 5, 2002
Does God make us holy -- or must we do it? Is it really an either/or issue? (Fifth in the series, "Opening Ourselves to God.")

Staying Power
May 12, 2002
The power of God working in our lives enables us to overcome adversity and live life to its fullest measure. (Sixth in the series, "Opening Ourselves to God.")

Going Power
May 19, 2002 (Pentecost Sunday)
Jesus intends for His church to move in the power of Pentecost. (Last in the series, "Opening Ourselves to God.")

Introduction to Spiritual Gifts
May 26, 2002
Ignorance isn't bliss. What we don't know about spiritual gifts can hurt us, and can render the Church ineffective in the work God has called her to do. (First in the series, "Spiritual Gifts in Corporate Worship.")

Let Us Rise Up and Build
June 2, 2002
We can be assured that it is God who is building our planned church facility because he has demonstrated His activity on our behalf in four distinct ways.

The Enabling Gifts of the Spirit
June 9, 2002
Manifestations of the Holy Spirit's activity include what are sometimes called the "enabling gifts" or "motivating gifts." These include prophecy, teaching, and exhortation. (Second in the series, "Spiritual Gifts in Corporate Worship.")

The Gift of Prophecy
June 16, 2002
Prophecy is a critically important spiritual gift -- a gift we modern Christians have treated much too lightly even to the point of total neglect. (Third in the series, "Spiritual Gifts in Corporate Worship.")

The Gifts of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues
June 23, 2002
Speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit clearly and openly addressed in Scripture. Tongues is speech directed toward God, not toward people (Fourth in the series, "Spiritual Gifts in Corporate Worship.")

The Gift of Healing
June 30, 2002
The power to heal is found in our union with Jesus. If we are grafted into Jesus we can draw upon the power of heaven itself. (Fifth in the series, "Spiritual Gifts in Corporate Worship.")

Avoiding the Negatives with Spiritual Gifts
July 7, 2002
The purpose of spiritual gifts is to build up the church. But used improperly, the gifts of Holy Spirit can become a point of pride and a source of division. (Sixth in the series, "Spiritual Gifts in Corporate Worship.")

The Gift of Exhortation
July 14, 2002
This spiritual gift of exhortation equips a person to motivate others to their best, to the highest level of being in Christ. (Seventh in the series, "Spiritual Gifts in Corporate Worship.")

The Gifts of Knowledge, Wisdom, and Faith
July 21, 2002
These three gifts work together, helping the church be a supernatural organism, rather than a natural organization. (Eighth in the series, "Spiritual Gifts in Corporate Worship.")

The Gift of Healing - 2: Healing and the Nature of God
July 28, 2002
Sickness and disease are the work of the devil and are contrary to God's will and purpose for His people. Jesus came to destroy the devil's work. (Ninth in the series, "Spiritual Gifts in Corporate Worship.")

Hope For the Hopeless
August 18, 2002
The Bible reveals a God who does not recognize the words "hopeless" and "impossible."

The Gift of Discerning of Spirits
August 25, 2002
The Bible says we are to "test the spirits to see whether they are from God." This is why God has given the gift of "discerning of spirits" to the Church. (Tenth and last in the series, "Spiritual Gifts in Corporate Worship.")

Building an Altar
September 8, 2002
The altar is a place of sacrifice. Our new church building is intended to be this kind of place, where people can surrender themselves to the Kingdom of God.

Offer Them Hope
September 22, 2002
There are two components to giving hope to others -- the first is love, the second is power.

Put to the Test
September 29, 2002
A new building is something we have asked God for, and He seems prepared to give it. But if our trust shifts from God to the building, the very tool He is giving us will become an abomination to Him.

To Seek and to Save
October 6, 2002
If Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost, what should the Church, the "Body of Christ," be doing in the world today?

The Fruit of the Spirit is Love...
October 13, 2002
Love is the root and foundation for all other fruit of the Spirit. It is God's love that enables us to live the Christian life. (First in the series, "The Fruit of the Spirit.")

The Fruit of the Spirit is...Joy
October 20, 2002
Joy flows from being in God's presence. By the Holy Spirit, the Lord's presence isn't just with us, it is within us. (Second in the series, "The Fruit of the Spirit.")

The Fruit of the Spirit is...Peace
October 27, 2002
The peace of God is found in a particular place: the path of God's will and purpose for your life. (Third in the series, "The Fruit of the Spirit.")

The Fruit of the Spirit is...Patience
November 3, 2002
We must learn to wait. Not doing so can lead to disastrous consequences. (Fourth in the series, "The Fruit of the Spirit.")

The Fruit of the Spirit is...Kindness and Goodness
November 10, 2002
God's truth is "wrapped" in our lives for delivery to the world. Kindness and goodness are essential elements of the wrapper. (Fifth in the series, "The Fruit of the Spirit.")

Sure Footing in a Slippery World
November 17, 2002
Is your salvation secure? Or can you lose your salvation by falling into sin?

Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart
November 24, 2002
Do you give thanks with your lips while your heart is far from God?

Keeping the Watch
December 1, 2002 (First Sunday in Advent)
Jesus said He is coming back and that we should keep watch. But what does it mean to "keep watch"?

The Good News
December 8, 2002 (Second Sunday in Advent)
We have good news to share with the world, but we need to understand just how good it is!

Little is Big in the Hands of God
December 15, 2002 (Third Sunday in Advent)
When surrendered to God and submitted to His purpose, the seemingly insignificant can play a big role in God's plans.

What's In a Name?
December 22, 2002 (Fourth Sunday in Advent)
The angel was specific: "You are to give him the name Jesus." Why that name?

The Light is Come
December 29, 2002
The same God who spoke light into existence has sent us the true Light to bring order, meaning, and purpose to life. That Light is Jesus.


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