Last week, we talked about the Cross and Christ. The Cross of Christ is the bridge to bring man in right relationship with God and, through the brotherhood of Christianity, man in right relationship with fellow man as well. We then discussed how the cross on its own was incomplete. The body of Christ and His sacrifice was our gateway. We have now been given that gateway ministry. We know the mission and now it’s time we understand how to walk it out in practical ways. Paul states in Colossians that in order to be a Gateway Christian our words must always be gracious. “Always” is a pretty comprehensive word. To be faithful not only to the message, but also the manner of Jesus, we need to find a way to remain true to our biblically-based beliefs and convictions while also genuinely loving, listening to, and serving people who do not share our convictions. We must do both consistently at the same time. When we do this, our outcomes should be similar to Jesus’. We will be attractive to the watching world or as Acts puts it: “enjoy the favor of all people.” Please, join me this Sunday as we discover in more detail the practical ways to be a Gateway Christian. Family, I hope to see you all Sunday.