In 1980, a bold, new church launched with a vision for reaching people far away from God. Shepherd’s Gate began with seven families committed to doing whatever it takes to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our community and world. A lot of changes have taken place since then going from seven families to […]
Sunday, January 25, 2015 On this special Sunday, Lead Pastor, Jon Trinklein will unpack the direction we believe God is leading us for 2015. You will hear about all the exciting things we have planned for the year. 8:30, 10 & 11:30a
Dear Members and Friends of Shepherd’s Gate, I know that every day is a wonderful gift from God, but there are days that stand out as defining moments in life. Our Church Summit on Saturday, August 2 is a major defining moment for Shepherd’s Gate. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this […]
Jesus had three years to build an enterprise that would extend both regionally beyond Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria and globally to revolutionize the lives of those from every nation and people group. Jesus, eternal God and sovereign Lord, could have employed any strategy He wanted to advance His campaign. He could have attracted the masses to the world’s largest arenas to be dazzled by His miraculous power and amazing teachings. He could have gathered great quantities of wealth to launch a public relations communication plan to saturate the entire Roman Empire with His message. He could have built a political machine to not only rival but overtake the Jewish ruling class of priests and the Roman governor assigned to Israel. However, He chose a method to build His Church that first appeared ineffective, but surprisingly became the greatest movement our world has ever seen.
Jesus chose 12 men to follow Him daily. In this context of “doing life together” Jesus not only taught His disciples, but shared with them His way of life, His love and compassion, His values and vision, His faith and worldview. After three years’ work, the results were not impressive. Jesus only had 11 disciples and a few women to show for it. What kind of world movement was that?
Actually, it turned out to be pure genius because Jesus employed the principle of multiplication. Rather than teaching the masses in a superficial, informational way, Jesus poured His life into a few in a deep and transformational way. When the igniter fire of the Holy Spirit filled these disciples, they became bold ambassadors of their Lord and King as they both proclaimed and lived the Gospel in such compelling ways they were accused of turning the world upside down