"...Sir, we wish to see Jesus..." John 12:21
I want to take a moment to extend a very warm welcome to you visiting my website.
To give you some idea of what I am all about, I'll quickly sketch some of my foundational beliefs.
My slogan says this: Celebrate – Unite - Honor
So first, I celebrate. I am all about celebrating Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus was who he said he was, the Son of God who came and died for our sins.
Secondly, I unite. I am all about people and uniting them together and to Jesus. Every person I talk to is important to me, the eternal state of their soul is important. So, if you ever feel like just another number, I am doing something wrong and I give you permission to tell me about it. I WANT you to tell me!
Thirdly, I honor. I honor the Lord with study, prayer, worship and Biblical teaching and preaching. I encourage others to have a daily prayer and study time in God's word.
I am also about developing relationships. I hope to not only cultivate and grow meaningful and positive relationships between the people God places in my life; but also teaching others to go further by getting and growing in a relationship with God. Christianity is all about a Person, and less about a set of rules. That means that we exist to be in a relationship with Someone, that's Jesus, and merely not to obey a religion.
If you have a specific prayer request, please take the courage to write an email using the contact form page.
I would love to pray for you, but if you don't ask, I don’t know your needs, so I encourage you to make use of this opportunity and allow me to serve you in this way.
- Rev. Justin L. Gates
I include and affirm the identities and experiences of all God’s people.
The Tenants of Rev. Justin L. Gates
Respect: I affirm respect for all God’s creation and embrace God’s Genesis acclamation: “God looked at everything that had been made and found it very good.” (Gen 1:31) Christian unity does not grow from agreement but instead from respect for our differences.
Diversity: I affirm that God’s creation story expresses and reveals a rich tapestry of differences and beauty. I recognize that by embracing diversity we encounter a fuller expression of God.
Inclusion: I affirm a re-emerging scriptural tradition that instructs us that God’s table must be open to all the People of God. I practice inclusion of all expressions of God’s creation: race, sex, age, culture, sexual orientation and faith journey.
Welcoming: I affirm a lavish unconditional welcome for all of the People of God and seek to create sacred places for the People of God and within the People of God. I celebrate and honor God’s love for all of creation.
Evangelical: I believe that no one is excluded from the love of God through Jesus Christ. My mission is founded on the expression of this good news. All of us are called to return to God’s embrace and to recognize God’s unconditional love. I seek to preach and practice God’s words of love and grace for all.
Scriptural: I affirm the Holy Scripture as an expression of God’s unconditional love for us and I recognize that these teachings are spiritual bread for our journeys with God and one another
I believe in the following doctrinal statements:
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