What does it mean to be an extravagant lover of God? Extravagance means “going beyond reasonable limits; excessive or unrestrained, costing or spending too much, wasteful.” Jesus declared in Matthew 22:37-38, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” What He commands us to do is indeed extravagant.Following a religious mindset is not sufficient, nor will doing the minimum to get by be adequate. We must each answer in our hearts how far we are willing to go in fulfilling this great commandment. God values extravagance as that is His nature.
To become extravagant lovers of God and extravagant lovers of people.
What does it mean to be an extravagant lover of people? Jesus declared in John 15:12, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” He is commanding us to love others as He loves them. That means we treat others as He does with love, mercy, respect, and forgiveness. We are to sacrifice and lay down our own lives for others. Loving people extravagantly also means meeting their needs as best we can. Our source of extravagance cannot be from ourselves, but rather from His unlimited grace.
We endeavor to be a House that restores.
By ‘house’ we mean a gathering of people, not a building. Hebrews 3:6 says, “But Christ, as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” To restore is the word katartizo which means ‘down’ and ‘to adjust, fit and finish.’ The meaning is ‘to put in its appropriate position, to establish, set up, equip, arrange, adjust, adapt, dispose of, to perfect, finish, complete; to instruct fully or perfectly, to refit, repair, mend; to reunite in mind and sentiment, to reconcile, as opposed to having schisms, ruptures; to reduce, restore as if it were a disjointed limb.’ This miracle of restoration is dependent on the presence of the Holy Spirit, and our willingness and hunger to be transformed into His image.
. . . a House that lives under an open heaven
The Lord’s will for all believers is to live under an open heaven. Jesus declared in John 1:51, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” Through His sacrifice on the cross He opened the heavens for us, and when we abide in Him, we have access also. Jesus declared in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you.” The key is our relationship with Jesus. Living under an open heaven brings blessing and change to our lives, but more importantly it equips us to do the work of the ministry and carry the benefits of an open heaven over our lives to others.
. . . a House that walks in freedom restores
2 Corinthians 3:7, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Freedom comes when we allow the Holy Spirit to move as He wills. It is only as He is given free reign that we are transformed. It is His agenda that will bring us what we cry out for and what we need. It is the Holy Spirit that brings the reality and true nature of God into our lives.
Worship is a priority at Gateway Church, and the Holy Spirit is given free reign to lead us in expressing ourselves to the Father and the Son. Why is worship so powerful and important?
Worship gets us out of the way so that God can move and do and be whatever He desired. Jesus declared in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
To touch the region with the power and presence of God through worship.
The seed of Gateway Church began as Randy Bach Ministries/Worship Builders in 1991 and its non-profit status established. The beginning years were times of development and sharing principles of worship with a variety of church ministries throughout the northwest region, co-laboring with wonderful pastors, evangelists, and teachers in the Body of Christ.
In 2002, after two years of weekly prayer meetings in a private home, the foundations of Gateway Church were formed. We were seeking the Lord for direction in establishing a place where the Holy Spirit was welcome, a place where He would be given the freedom to bring people to salvation, restoration, healing and deliverance, a place where people would see, know and experience the reality and true nature of God. The highlights of this season were our monthly nights of worship which were held at Titlow Park.
n October of 2003 we faithfully began holding meetings in Parkland every Monday through Friday. After two years we realized there was a
greater need for pastoral covering for those who had been saved in our meetings and had no church home. Gateway Church was officially launched. We spent the next two years renting meeting space in various hotels and banquet rooms. Meeting times would vary based upon the location but this did not impede the continued growth of the church.
We moved to our current location and were given complete ownership of our current facility and grounds on July 1, 2007, in co-operation with the Pentecostal Church of God. Since our beginning, we have been blessed with increase in the presence and moving of God’s Spirit, personal growth and restoration, revival and renewal, a greater awareness of God’s incredible love of humanity, and His willingness to equip us to be effective servants. People have been saved, healed, and restored. We have experienced signs, wonders, and miracles. We now have established a permanent home, from which many ministries will be sent out.
But the gateway to life is very narrow and
the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Matthew 7:14 NLT
…but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,
but with the temptation will also make the way of escape,
that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13b