We don’t want to be here if God is not here!
His Presence is everything to us at The Gathering; we are not
about programs and formulas.We want to be in His Presence and to
encounter Him. We desire for His Holy Spirit to have free reign.
Just as Moses said in Exodus 33:10, ” If your presence doesn’t take
the lead here, call this trip off right now.” (The Message)
God has chosen to tabernacle with us so why would we ever want
to do anything without His presence? In Him we live and move and
have our being.
God is not an absent Father but our very present help in time of
need. Emmanuel; God with us.
The JOY of the Lord is our strength (see Nehemiah 8:10)
We should always be joyful, regardless of our circumstances. Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. Our joy isn’t based on what we feel. Joy is a person and His name is Jesus. It’s a fruit of the Spirit and when we bear fruit, we remain full of His joy!
At The Gathering we are a family!
Family is messy. Things can get messy but you don’t walk out on family. We need to be there for each other. If you have a problem you can talk to the father and mother of this house. As a part of this family, your are loved and cared for. When the family is strong, the community is strong. God is about family. See John 15:16. He has adopted us into His family. We share His DNA! We are members of the household of God(see Ephesians 2:19) and God wants to expand our family. The gospel is about looking after the widow and the orphan and at The Gathering we are prepared to make sacrifices for each other.
We say it but do we really believe it?
Each one of us needs to discover God’s goodness for ourselves. Hebrews 11:1 says that Faith is the evidence of things not seen. As we choose to believe, we will see! Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 100:1-5 “For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” His plans are to give us a hope and a future. We won’t reduce our theology to experience.